The article can be used simply as a compare and contrast essay or as a simple subject/Verb and article correction exercise.
Simple Article Explanation and Demonstration
The article rules may need an explanation. Here is what I do in class to make it clear. (And you will see the reason for the particular clipart)
I get a number of marker pens out.
I ask the student to take a pen.
They can take any pen.
I then point at a pen and ask them to take the pen. (I make sure they take the right pen.) You may also use colours at this point to help. e.g. “Take the blue pen”
I have a plate and pour some water on a plate and ask them to count it... They obviously can't. I tell them that is why it is uncountable and they don't need to use an article.
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Updated: 19 March 2008
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