A/An with Jobs
To provide revision of the indefinite article in the context of jobs, through speaking.
To provide speaking practice for accuracy in the context of vocabulary
Procedure (44-60 minutes)
Teacher asks students to line up and dictates a number to the last person in the cue who has to then whisper to the person in front of him/her until it gets to the first person in the cue who will then write on the board the number in words. Run this as a competition.
T shows ss different pictures of jobs and elicits the jobs. These will be shown on the IWB which will then show the actual job name for ss to see spelling. Where ss don't know the job, the T will show the name and then say it aloud for ss to learn how to pronounce it.
T tells ss what her job is emphasizing the indefinite article. Then she asks ss what her job is. T writes her sentence on the board and highlights the article. T writes the same sentence without the article and elicits the difference between them.
T highlight the articles and the words right after them and explains to students that the indefinite article takes the form of 'a' or 'an' depending on the initial letter of the collocated word. T gives more examples to reinforce the form. Teacher reads out the sentence about her job and ten asks students: how many teachers? Then she explains the meaning of the indefinite article in this context. After that, she writes on the board 'there's a teachers in the room.' and asks ss whether the sentence is ok or not, to reinforce the understanding of the meaning of the indefinite article in this context. T explains that 'a/an' become weak vowels when inserted in sentences. Then she demonstrates wrong pronunciation. After that T plays a recording to drill the correct pronunciation of the indefinite article.
T says 'In this room, there's a teacher'; then she prompts the students next to her to continue the sentence by repeating the previous job and add one more and this goes on until all students have spoken.
T organizes ss in groups of 4 and gives them a hand out with pictures of jobs and asks ss to work out the jobs with the aid of dictionaries. The T gives them a set of the same pictures but cut outs now, placed up side down on the desks and asks ss to take turns and pick one at the time, describe it so that the colleagues can guess. Ss should say the job using the correct 'a.an'. This task will give ss fluency practice.
T asks ss to say what their job are and ask the colleague what their job are. Students have to say their jobs with the correct indefinite article.