John Coen John Coen

Teaching Practice 7
A1, Elementary level


In this lesson the students will learn the use of articles: a, an, the and zero article. Students will also practice writing and speaking skills while doing group and pair work.


Abc Cutting Edge, Beginners student book
Abc Cutting Edge Elementary workbook
Abc Cutting Edge, Students book
Abc Cutting Edge, Teacher's Resource book

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification for the use of articles, the, a, an and zero in the context of travel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide writing practice with sentences using articles, the, a, an and zero article in various contexts.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The students will be introduced to articles, the, a, an and zero. The following sentences will be written upon the whiteboard: He's got new computer: She's actress: We live in city centre: I like the cats: I go home by the bus: I will try and elicit from the students the changes to the sentences so as to be correct. 3 mins: Then handout photocopy 1 and ask students to write 'a' in the correct place. Demo: 1 min : Task: 1 min, Individual task. Get feedback from class on answers: 2 mins Then handout pictures with Carl Wilson and ask students to underline the articles, a, an, the. Demo: 1 min, Task 2: 1 min: Individual. Feedback from students: 1 min. a : determiner : weak /ə/ A1 used before a noun to refer to a single thing or person that has not been mentioned before, especially when you are not referring to a particular thing or person: an : determiner : weak /ən/ A1 used instead of 'a' when the following word begins with a vowel sound: the : determiner (PARTICULAR) : weak /ðə/ A1 used before nouns to refer to particular things or people that have already been talked about or are already known or that are in a situation where it is clear what is happening:

Grammar (7-9 minutes) • To provide the uses for a, an, and 'the' in the coming tasks through practice

Provide the students with photocopy 3 and ask them to complete questions 1-3h. Work in pairs. Demo: 1min: Task: 4 mins Then give handout photocopy 4: Students check answers: 2 mins. Feedback for correct answers: 2 mins

Practice Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target language skills

Place 5 copies of photocopy 6, the sentences for articles 'a' and 'the' around the room and ask students to place the correct article in the sentences c-h. Demo 1 min: Task: 4 mins Groupwork: 5 groups: Feedback: 2 mins Give students photocopy 7 and ask them to work in pairs to remove the unnecessary 'the'. Demo 1 min: Task: 3 mins: Feedback 2 mins: Skip if time running out and move onto listening activity.

Audio 5.3, track 32 (6-8 minutes) • Listening

Give students handout 5, ask them to listen to track 32 on CD1 and complete the gaps in the handout. Demo 1 min: task 4 mins. Whole class feedback: 3 mins

Quiz (6-8 minutes) • To provide students' production opportunity for use of language

Ask the students to answer the quiz questions using the articles, a, an and the. Demo 1 min: Task 4 mins: Feedback 3 mins. Create new groups for this task. 5 groups.

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