Xmas and New Year countable and uncountable nouns negotiation

Student A

Work in pairs (or with two teams per group). Your teacher will tell you who is Student A and who is Student B. Your sheet has the things that you (already) possess and can swap with your partner. You can also look at your partner’s sheet to see what things you can get from them.  

Try to find things below that your partner is happy to swap with something that they have on their list, reaching agreement on exactly what and how much or how many each of you will give to make that exchange. When you finish, another group will try to judge which of you got a better deal (each time and overall), so think about the value of what you are giving and getting and try to bargain hard with your partner. You can also combine several things from your worksheet and/ or your partner’s worksheet in each agreement you make if you like.

 

Things that Student A has and can give to Student B (in exchange for things on their sheet)

  • meat (turkey, turkey legs, chicken, chipolata sausages with bacon, goose)
  • crockery/ dishes (plates, bowls, saucers)
  • decorations (fake snow, stencils, holly, tinsel, baubles, fairy lights, a star or angel, advent calendars, nativity scene figures)
  • sauces (cranberry sauce, gravy, bread sauce, mustard)
  • Santa suits
  • drinks (winter ale, eggnog, mulled wine, champagne, rice wine, herbal rice wine)
  • things for wrapping presents (wrapping paper, Sellotape/ Scotch tape, bows, tags)
  • Xmas snacks (whole nuts in their shells, sugared almonds, candy canes, chocolate coins, gingerbread men)
  • fruit and nuts (grapes, mandarin oranges/ tangerines, chestnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, dates, dried figs, raisins)
  • Japanese food (bamboo shoots, mashed chestnuts, black beans, chewy rice cake, sticky rice, strawberry and fresh cream sponge cakes, buckwheat noodles)
  • entertainment (board games, card games, Christmas crackers)

Listen to another group describe their deals and tell them who you think you got the better deal (on each thing and overall).

Ask about anything (on either sheet) you don’t understand.

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Xmas and New Year countable and uncountable nouns negotiation

Student B

Work in pairs (or with two teams per group). Your teacher will tell you who is Student A and who is Student B. Your sheet has the things that you (already) possess and can swap with your partner. You can also look at your partner’s sheet to see what things you can get from them.  

Try to find things below that your partner is happy to swap with something that they have on their list, reaching agreement on exactly what and how much or how many each of you will give to make that exchange. When you finish, another group will try to judge which of you got a better deal (each time and overall), so think about the value of what you are giving and getting and try to bargain hard with your partner. You can also combine several things from your worksheet and/ or your partner’s worksheet in each agreement you make if you like.

Things that Student B has and can give to Student A (in exchange for things on their sheet)

  • seafood (fish eggs, sea bream, salmon)
  • cutlery/ silverware (knives, forks, teaspoons, sporks, serving spoons)
  • Xmas cards (with robins, snow, Santa’s elves)
  • condiments for Xmas desserts (fresh cream, sugar, brandy sauce, custard, ice cream)
  • red underwear (pants, bras, vests)
  • corkscrews, bottle openers and nutcrackers
  • stuff for making your own Xmas ornaments and decorations (glitter, glue, toilet roll tubes, card/ cardboard)
  • Xmas desserts (Xmas pudding, mince pies, Xmas cakes, Xmas logs)
  • vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peas, parsnips, Brussel sprouts)
  • Japanese New Year decorations (pine branches, bamboo, pine cones, the seven lucky gods)
  • background music (CDs of Xmas pop music or Xmas carols, use of your streaming account)

Listen to another group describe their deals and tell them who you think you got the better deal (on each thing and overall).

Ask about anything (on either sheet) you don’t understand.

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Countable and uncountable nouns presentation

Without looking above, put “-s” after the nouns below that can take it and need it with “some”. The others can’t take “-s” and so should be left as they are. If you aren’t sure, try putting the noun with a number (in place of “some”) and “-s” and see if it sounds right or not. Brackets mean a word which can be taken out without changing the grammar.

some (background) music

some (black) bean

some (board/ card) game

some (cranberry) sauce

some (chipolata) sausage

some (chocolate) coin

some (Christmas) cracker

some (fresh) cream

some (Santa) suit

some (advent) calendar

some bacon

some bottle opener

some bowl

some bra

some brandy

some Brussel sprout

some Xmas carol

some carrot

some champagne

some (pine) cone

some corkscrew

some custard

some cutlery/ silverware

some date

some eggnog

some fairy light

some fake snow

some fish egg

some fork

some fruit

some glue

some grape

some gravy

some meat

some (mulled/ rice) wine

some mustard

some pea

some plate

some raisin

some seafood

some (Sello/ Scotch) tape

some (serving/ tea) spoon

some (sticky) rice

some sugar

some underwear

some vegetable

some wrapping paper

some bamboo

some bamboo shoot

some (mashed) chestnut

some (whole) chestnut

Check your answers with the first worksheets.

What kind of words are countable?

What kinds of words are uncountable?

When there is a general category and specific examples, which one is more likely to be uncountable?

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Both countable and uncountable with different meanings

What are the differences between these forms where both are possible?

some chestnut/ some chestnuts

some chicken/ some chickens

some egg/ some eggs

some paper/ some papers

some tape/ some tapes

some chocolate/ some chocolates

some ice cream/ some ice creams

some cake/ some cakes

some card/ some cards

some toilet roll/ some toilet rolls

 

Use these words to help explain the differences above:

bowl

cassette

cone

fried…

news…

scrambled…

slice

slice

thigh/ wing

toilet paper

whole…

Xmas…

Try drawing any of the ones above which you are not sure about.

Do the same with these:

some authority/ some authorities

some business/ some businesses

some capital/ some capitals

some contact/ some contacts

some culture/ some cultures

some damages/ some damage

some debate/ some debates

some exercise/ some exercises

some experience/ some experiences

some film/ some films

some finance/ my finances

some fire/ some fires

some glass/ some glasses

some instruction/ some instructions

some interest/ my interests

some iron/ some irons

some language/ some languages

some light/ some lights

some plaster/ some plasters

some review/ some reviews

some revision/ some revisions

some room/ some rooms

some television/ some televisions

some wood/ some woods

some work/ some works

 

Use these words to help explain the differences above:

… city

art…

Band Aid

bath…

expert

forest

grammar…

heater

interesting…

job

money

movie

painting

program

some vision/ some visions

space

champagne/ wine…

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