Basic Grammar: Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Some grammar topics are introduced at the lower levels, and students continue to study the intricacies as they become more proficient. The topic of countable and uncountable nouns is a good example. A recent video lesson shows how I challenged my basic English students to identify nouns as countable or uncountable and correctly use the quantifiers “many” and “much.” Watch the lesson.

Further practice is definitely needed, and I offer a set of PowerPoint slides to help you in the classroom. Four short sorting tasks confirm if students are able to distinguish between these two groups of nouns. The remaining slides then challenge students to identify common words as countable or uncountable depending on the context, e.g., not have enough light vs. see a light.

Additional examples can come from their surroundings whether they’re in your classroom or in their homes. Ask them to look around and talk about the objects they see. Are all those objects countable? What about things they can’t see, such as a smell, a sound, or the cold air outside?

Related posts with PDF handouts for upper level students:
Reading, Writing, and Speaking Activity (2017)
What You Can Count On (2016)
Practice with Mass Nouns (2011)

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