Nisha Nisha

Practise when and which article to use in the context of male and female perceptions
Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss practise when ( and when not) to use an article following the most common rules. For example: the non-use of the definite article when generalizing.


Abc Blue tack
Abc Board cards
Abc Board Markers
Abc Computer
Abc Pictures
Abc Projector
Abc Speakers
Abc Whiteboard

Main Aims

  • To provide practice in the use of definite and indefinite articles.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy in reading for specific details in the context of male and female perceptions.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show pictures: old man, boy, doctor, architect, car, aeroplane, Burj Khalifa, children, books, February, Monday.Elicit the articles used for each from the ss. CCQs: When do we use an? Are a/an used in front of one or many?

Test #1 (5-6 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Instruct ss to individually complete the blank fill exercise using a/ an/ the/-----------(no fill). The exercise should be completed in 3 minutes. Demonstrate the first one for the ss. Check the answers as an open group. ICQs? Are you working in a group? What will you do if a/an/ the do not fill the blank? Check answers as an open group. Write the answers on the board.

Teach (12-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Display the common rules of using articles on the smart board. Clarify areas of difficulty using these rules.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Instruct students to work in pairs to complete exercise 2 in 5-7 minutes. Demonstrate the first one. ICQs: Are you working by yourself? Are you going to speak to your partner? Are you going to look at the board/chart?

Free practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Introduce the free speaking task to the class by pairing the ss in 2s or 3s. Ask them to choose 5 or more activities in the pictures. handout and discuss with their partner. Demonstrate one.Example Friday is the best day of the week for going out. I like to go to the cinema on Friday. I don't like to go to malls or restaurants, though. It's so crowded. Its a holiday for us but not for the people working in the stores and restaurants. Its probably the busiest day for them. CCQs Who are you going to speak to? Will you try and follow the rules on the board? Whose your partner?

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