The use of articles (a, an and the) is sometimes regarded as one of the most challenging aspects in the English language, and their difficulty arises from the subtle changes in the meaning caused by their use or omission. Perhaps no one fully understands their usage, but this does not stop us from trying to understand some their intricacies and develop our skills in using them.
This classification, or rule system, presented in this online module provides a practical approach to the use of articles. It aims to help you in understanding how, why and when to use a, an and the (and when not to use them). This module is based on the system provided in
Huckin, T. N., & Olsen, L. A. (1991). Technical writing and professional communication for nonnative speakers of English. 2nd Edition. McGraw-Hill.
Additional reading materials
Similar contents presented in the videos can be found in written form at the Academic Writing in English (AWE) website. See links below for main topics
The module consists of eight
videos and sixteen exercises (quizzes). To pass this module, you need to
watch all the videos and complete
all the exercises. Each video and exercise builds on the contents covered earlier. Successful completion of each quiz (65%) allows you to
continue to the next activity.