Lesson/Unit Summary: The travel experience of the familiar Hong Kong cartoon figure, McDull, is presented as the context to raise students’ interest and learning motivation. One distinctive feature of the lesson is the use of the comparison strategy for students to discover the differences and similarities of the article system in the English language and the students’ first language, Chinese. The lesson ends with a dictogloss activity to assess students’ learning.

Level of Students: Junior Secondary

Lesson Duration: 60 mins

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to: 

1. Tell when indefinite and definite articles are used;

2. Compare English and Chinese with regard to definite and indefinite reference;

3. Show an understanding of the different uses of English articles.

Lesson Plan: Articles (Junior Secondary)

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