Nouns are words that represent people, places, things, or ideas. There are several types of nouns, including proper nouns, common nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract nouns. Additionally, there are collective nouns, countable and uncountable nouns, compound nouns, and possessive nouns. The exercises below use pictures, matching exercises, sentence gap fills, as well as listening and speaking exercises to teach nouns. The aim is to use a variety of exercises and engage multiple intelligences.
Knowing countable and uncountable nouns is important for students because: it helps them understand the difference between singular and plural nouns; it helps them in everyday language; and it helps them understand when to use articles like ‘a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’.
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Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of cities is a popular way for teaching more advanced countable nouns and uncountable nouns.
One of the most confusing thing for ESL students is distinguishing between countable and uncountable nouns. In the handout below students try to identify countable and uncountable nouns in the pictures and and list them in the appropriate columns. Then they choose 5 nouns and write 5 sentences.
This is another exercise focusing on quantities and quantifiers.
Students complete the sentences with there is/there are and appropriate vocabulary to describe the pictures.