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Amazing Articles

ESL Articles Activity - Grammar: Gap-fill, Guessing - Pair work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this articles activity, students guess missing articles and words in sentences. In pairs, students take it in turns to read a sentence to their partner using the word 'blank' for the words in bold. Their partner listens and completes the sentence by saying a word from the box on their worksheet along with a suitable article (a, an, or the). If their partner replies with the correct article and word shown in bold, the student scores one point in the box. The student with the most points at the end wins.
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General Statements

ESL Articles Game - Grammar: Matching, Forming Sentences - Group work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this articles game, students make general statements with and without articles. This game helps students to learn to use a and an with singular countable nouns and no article with plural nouns and uncountable nouns. One student turns over a noun card and then tries to make a general statement using the noun and one of their article cards. If the student can make a general statement, they put the matching article card next to the noun card and say the statement, e.g. 'A car has four wheels'. The two cards are then removed from the game. The next student then turns over a noun card and so on. The first student to get rid of all their article cards wins the game.
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Introduction to Articles

ESL Articles Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Drawing, Listing, Gap-fill, Rewriting - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

This articles worksheet helps elementary students learn and practice how to use articles. Students begin by drawing pictures of certain things, paying attention to the articles shown. Next, students write three things they have at home that are used with a, an, the, and no article. After that, students complete usage rules and examples with a, an, the or no article. Students then complete sentences that contain articles using nouns from boxes. In the last exercise, students rewrite short conversations, adding a, an, the or no article before the nouns.
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Match it

ESL Articles Game - Grammar: Matching, Forming Sentences - Group work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free articles game, students practice matching articles (a, an, the) with nouns. In groups, students take it in turns to turn over an article card and a picture card. If the article matches with the noun, the student scores a point. The student can then score an extra point by making a sentence with the article and noun. The student then keeps the cards and has another turn. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Articles Board Game

ESL Articles Board Game - Speaking: Gap-fill, True or False, Talking on Random Topics, Free Practice - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free articles board game, students review a, an and the by completing true or false statements and talking about various topics for 30 seconds. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a 'True or false?' square, they complete the statement with the correct article (a, an, or the) and read it to the group. If the player is able to do this correctly, they score a point. If the statement is correct, the other group members guess whether it's true or false for the player. The player then reveals the answer. The students who guessed correctly each score one point. When a player lands on a 'Talk about...' square, they complete the 'Talk about...' sentence with the correct article (a, an, or the) for one point. If the sentence is correct, the player then talks about the topic for 30 seconds for an extra point. When a player reaches the finish, the game ends. The student with the most points wins the game.
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Articles Practice

ESL Articles Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercise - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This definite and indefinite articles worksheet is ideal for practicing or reviewing these two types of article. The worksheet also helps students to revise how articles are used. Working alone, students complete sentences on the worksheet with a, an, the or no article. When the students have finished, elicit the correct answers from the class. For each correct answer, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end is the winner.
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Articles Race

ESL Articles Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this compelling articles game, students race each other to see who can be the first to complete a set of sentences with the correct articles. In pairs, students take it in turns to read a sentence aloud to their partner using the word 'blank' for the two missing articles in each sentence. Their partner then tries to complete the sentence with a, an, the or no article. If a student completes the sentence correctly, they move on to the second sentence on their next turn. If a student gets one or both missing articles wrong, they stay on the first sentence. Their partner then tells them how many articles they got wrong. If one article is incorrect, their partner indicates which one. The first student to get to the finish wins the game.
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Articles Review

ESL Articles Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an engaging articles activity for pre-intermediate students. In the activity, students listen to sentences that contain missing articles. The students' task is to complete each sentence with a, an, the or no article. In pairs, students take it in turns to read a sentence on their worksheet to their partner using the word 'blank' for each missing article. Their partner then tries to complete the sentence with a, an, the or no article. The student listens and writes their partner's answers in the gaps on the worksheet. For each correct answer, students score a point. The studentr with the most points wins. Finally, students review any articles they got wrong.
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Homestay Heaven

ESL Articles Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Binary Choice, Gap-fill, Error Correction - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this theme-based articles worksheet, students work through various exercises to practice a, an, the and no article. Students begin by reading an email about Eiko's homestay experience and circling the correct articles (a, an, the, or no article). Students then read the first half of a reply email and write a, an, or the in each gap. In the last exercise, students read the second half of the email reply. On each line, students find one mistake and correct it or write in a missing article.
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Once upon a time...

ESL Articles Activity - Reading and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this free articles activity, students write stories with article and noun cards. This activity can also be used to practice narrative tenses and adjectives. In groups, students decide what type of story they want to write, e.g. a horror story, a love story, etc. Students then brainstorm their ideas and arrange article and noun cards in order to make a story using as many cards as possible, adding adjectives to each noun to make their story more descriptive. Each group then joins with another group and reads their story to them. The two groups give feedback to each other and help with any grammatical errors, paying close attention to the use of articles. Afterwards, groups take it in turns to read their stories to the class. Award points to each group based on how many cards they used, the storyline, use of articles, grammar, adjectives, etc.
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Right or Wrong?

ESL Articles Activity - Grammar: Error Correction, Betting - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this article error correction activity, students find and correct mistakes in sentences that contain articles. First, students read sentences on the worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of articles (a, an, the, no article). If students think a sentence is right, they put a tick. If they think a sentence is wrong, they correct the mistake and put a cross. When the students have finished, they bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about each decision. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each statement. When the students have placed a bet for each sentence, elicit the correct answers from the class. If students guessed correctly, they win the amount they bet. If not, they lose the amount. When all the answers have been given, students tally up their scores. The student with the most points wins.
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A Likely Story

ESL Articles Activity - Reading and Writing - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this imaginative articles activity, students create a story with article and noun cards. Students begin by deciding on the type of story they want to write, e.g. science fiction. Students then create a story in their groups using as many of the article and noun cards as possible. Next, each group pairs up with another group and reads their story to them. The two groups give feedback to each other to improve their stories and help with errors. Afterwards, groups take it in turns to read their stories to the class. When all the stories have been read out, the class votes for the best one.
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Quiz Time

ESL Articles Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

Here is a definite and indefinite articles game to help teach or revise the use of articles. In the activity, students complete quiz questions with a, an, the, or no article and then take part in a quiz. In pairs, students complete quiz questions on their worksheet with a, an, the, or no article. Students then complete the worksheet with their answers. For each correct answer, pairs score a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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