From A to B, Definite, Indefinite, Zero Articles
To provide clarification of Definite, Indefinite and zero articles in the context of Travel
To provide scan reading practice using a text about Ignacio of Mexico City in the context of Travel
Procedure (45-59 minutes)
Showing pictures of Mexican culture
Students are given handouts of a short text to scan for specific information (looking for answers to 3 question).
- Elicit how to use Definite, Indefinite and zero articles as the text shows - Write students answers on board - Use Concept Checking Questions
- Students are given a drill on page 46 to consolidate rules. - Ss check in pairs/groups
- Class competition: Ss are divided into TWO groups. a member of each group is responsible for arranging a set of cards that contain nouns in Definite, Indefinite and zero articles table. - Teacher checks and gives feedback
Thumb Ball Game: Ss circle and use a ball that has different nouns to pass among themselves. When a student catches the ball, he/she reads the word under his right thumb using proper Definite, Indefinite and zero articles. Also, students should use the noun in meaningful sentences before passing the ball to another member.
- Students are given a list of questions to prepare full answers in writing before practicing asking each other in pairs. - Once done, students are encouraged to pair with different students and practice more. But this time, they should think of one more question to add.