Teaching ESL students countable and uncountable nouns sometimes proves to be a little challenging when things come to a higher level. Young learners will do just fine if you say that uncountable nouns are things we can’t count, and countable nouns are things we can count.
But the same won’t work with higher-level students. While this may be true when we’re talking about liquids like milk, water or juice, there are some uncountables you can actually count like money. So the basic explanation should be that you can add a number in front of countables, but you can’t do that to uncountables.
If you have already taught your higher level students countable and uncountable nouns, you can use the following interactive exercises to practise them. Activities are suitable for Intermediate level and higher.
Task 1. Choose the right option
10 multiple choice questions are awaiting your students in this exercise. Here they will have more practice with countable and uncountable nouns and will revise the rules one more time.
Task 2. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the words in brackets
Here your students will find 10 sentences with the missing words. They must complete them with the correct form of the words in brackets using them either as a countable or an uncountable noun. If they need some help, give them some hints, e.g. paper VS papers.
Task 3. Choose the correct collocations
Some uncountable nouns can be used with the words like a piece of, a bunch of, and a pair of. In this exercise, your students will practice these collocations and enrich their vocabulary. Keep in mind that there is one incorrect noun in each group of collocations.
Hopefully, the interactive exercises on countable and uncountable nouns will spice up your classes and will help your students get a better understanding of this grammar issue.