Houda Mataame Houda Mataame

Seventh TP 08 Oct 13
Pre-Intermediate B1 level


In this lesson, students learn about definite and indefinite articles in the context of Countries and Cultures. I will elicit the rules of articles use through guided discovery. The lesson starts with a discussion about nationalities and countries. This is followed by practice activities where students have to make sentences about other countries nationalities using articles. Finally, there will be a semi-controlled writing activity and all the students will put their content around the class for their classmates to read.


Abc Images
Abc Sentences from the student's book
Abc Exercise page from the student's book
Abc Article Snakes and Ladders
Abc Dice

Main Aims

  • Grammar will be the main aim in this lesson. I will be teaching articles in the context of countries and cultures. Students will learn the rules through guided discovery.

Subsidiary Aims

  • - The first sub aim for this lesson is semi-controlled speaking activities in the context of countries and cultures. They will discuss stereotypes of different countries and compare with their own. - Vocabulary pre-teaching for a few new words to prepare the students for the content they will read. - Scan reading practice at the end of the lesson. Students will have to look for specific information.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set the lesson context and engage students

- Put the images on the board. - Ask the students to guess the nationalities and if they know any stereotypes/ myths about those countries.

Vocabulary Pre-Teaching (5-6 minutes) • To prepare the students to the text.

- Show images to the students and try to elicit the words: "bowling hat", "foggy" and "kilt". - Drill the words chorally and individually, stick the images on the board and label them.

Language Focus (8-10 minutes) • To teach/ review with the students articles and their rules of use

- Divide students in pairs. - Give the students a few minutes to look at the sentences on p. 65 of the students book and think about the rules and when and how to use articles. - If they struggle, I will prompt them. - Ask them to find all the names of of cities and countries in the text and elicit the fact that there is no article. - Write sentence 1 on the board with articles and ask the students to correct it. - Ask the students to find more examples of "talking about people and things in general" (Japanese tourists, French women etc). Elicit that all those nouns are in plural. - Ask the students in pairs to answer a and b from page 65. - Monitor and write the answers on the board. - Go through the exceptions with the students.

Practice - Countries and Cultures (5-7 minutes) • To provide the students with a semi-controlled speaking activity

- Divide students in pairs. - Demo the exercise on p.66 of the student book to show what they have to do. - Ask the students to work in pairs and come up with a few sentences. - Monitor and note down errors if any. - If there are any errors, write them on the board and ask the students to correct them.

Speaking - Semi Controlled Activity (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with a semi-controlled practice of the TL

- Divide the students in pairs - Distribute the images (Turkish men stereotypes) and ask them what they think. - Explain stereotypes and ask them to write 2 true things about their country/people and 2 wrong things/ myths. - All students stick their answers on the board and around the class for other students to go around and look at them.

Semi-Controlled Grammar Practice - Game (8-10 minutes) • To review and practice the use of articles

- Divide students in pairs or small groups. - Rearrange the tables accordingly. - Distribute the articles snakes and ladders game. Go around each table and demo to explain what they have to do. - Play time: students to throw the dice and if it lands on a question mark, they have to answer an article-related question. - Monitor and error correction if any.

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