Sep 26, 2010

The Beach: Indefinite Articles

This is a great scene for indefinite articles practice. The scene is easy and interesting, and you can also generate discussion on what to take to a desert island.

A. Imagine that you live on a desert island. You can take with you only 10 items from the list below. In groups, check the parentheses of the ones your group would choose. Then complete the blanks of all the items with A, AN, or X (No article).

1. ( ) ...... toothpaste

2. ( ) ...... toothbrush

3. ( ) ...... new pair of swimtrunks

4. ( ) ...... new hat

5. ( ) ...... bottle of vodka

6. ( ) ...... bars of chocolate

7. ( ) ...... aspirin

8. ( ) ...... boxes of tampons

9. ( ) ...... industrial soap

10. ( ) ...... tin of beef curry

11. ( ) ...... batteries

12. ( ) ...... copy of the Daily Telegraph

13. ( ) ...... jasmine tea

14. ( ) ...... lip balm

15. ( ) ...... bath oil

16. ( ) ...... big box of bleach

17. ( ) ...... hair conditioner

18. ( ) ...... cinnamon

19. ( ) ...... anti-perspirant

20. ( ) ...... makeup remover

B. Now watch the segment and check your answers.

C. What would you add to the list?

Answer key:

1. x
2. a
3. a
4. a
5. a
6. x
7. x
8. x
9. x
10. a
11. x
12. a
13. x
14. x
15. x
16. a
17. x
18. x
19. x
20. x





Ana Cláudia said...

Hello, I'd love to use this movie segment in one of my classes. Could you please tell me how to find the video on youtube? It'd be much easier for me if I could just download the segment with its subtitles instead of renting the movie. I tried to copy the URL and watch it on youtube, but they said it was an invalid one.


Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Ana Claudia,
The segments are not in youtube, just here. Check out this post so you can see how to download it straight from the blog, OK? Let me know if you have managed, please.

Ana Cláudia said...

I ended up renting the movie, it was before checking your reply. Anyhow, as I really liked your blog and your ideas, I'll definitely be using them in my classes again. Therefore, knowing how to download the segments you'll be helpful at some other time. Thanks a million! Your blog is marvelous. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

Claudio Azevedo said...

It's a pity you had to rent it, but I have done it many times for my classes too, especiallybefore I actually prepare the activities. I'm glad you have managed. See you.

calavazita said...

I've tried to download this clip for two days now & had no luck.. :(

You have excellent material on this site, I've been able to download other clips before but not this one & I don't know why!

I would love to use it..

Claudio Azevedo said...

Please click on the link MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - THE BEACH at the end of the post. I think you will manage now. See you.

Anonymous said...

I cannot download it, too. My computer says that it cannot identofy the file...

Claudio Azevedo said...

Sorry, I don't know what is going on with your computer. I have just downloaded it - it is mpg format. Sorry.

Stephan Hughes said...

Thanks for this Claudio!