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Post A, AN and THE
I have a group of Japanese exchange students who are having a great deal of trouble with definite and indefinite articles. The don't seem to have any grasp of when and where to use them. They don't have A, AN and THE in Japanese, so the concept is foriegn to them. They mix up A and THE a lot. eg I watched the DVD. I'm staying at the house on the Pine Avenue.

Does anyone have any clue how I can teach it and how to reinforce it? Or any place I could find lesson plans?

By the way, they are 2nd year senior high school students. (16 years old) They have learnt the grammar at school for years and are at the stage where they find these concepts very confusing.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:48 pm

Joined: Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:16 am
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Location: Brazil
The defininte and indefinite articles are surely a problem for many.

Here's a helpful link for usage. ... ticles.htm

Mister Young's English Class
Minas Gerais, Brasil

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:52 pm
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Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:14 pm
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Location: Adelaide Australia
Cool! That's very helpful, Steve.
Obrigado :D

I don't suppose there'd be any activities that are fun!???????? It's proabaly just a case of memorizing and practising, but if there was a fun activity it'd make it easier to remember.

Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:08 pm

Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:46 pm
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Location: Kuwait
That was really helpful indeed :-D

Miss Bashayer
Treat the students the way you would want to be treated.

Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:32 am

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Post English articles
Here's an article dedicated to teaching English articles to people whose languages don't use articles.

This is the start: ... tion01.php

...but here are general patterns of use, plus exceptions: ... tion04.php ... tion05.php

...and here are resources that you can download and use: ... tion08.php

Hope that helps.

Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:42 am

Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:55 am
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Location: Poland
Thank you for the inspiration :) I have this one student preparing for CAE (!). She's really proficient in all grammar but articles :? . Throughout the year i tried thousands of books and exercises, which have made her aware of the existence of determiners, but still gets at leat 10 wrong in every essay... My Godness!

Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:24 pm
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