Teaching Students About the Plural of License
As a teacher, it’s important to teach students about the correct usage of common words and their plurals. One such word that often confuses students is “license”. The plural of “license” is “licenses”, and this can be a difficult concept to grasp for non-native English speakers or younger learners.
Here are some tips for teaching students about the plural of “license:
1. Explain the basic concept of plurals
Before delving into the specific plural form of “license”, it’s important to make sure that students understand the concept of plurals. Review the rules of adding “s” or “es” to the end of a word to make it plural, and talk about irregular plurals that don’t follow this rule (like “children” or “mice”). Make sure students understand that adding an “s” or “es” to the end of a singular noun is how we make it plural.
2. Show examples of “license” in context
To help students understand the plural form of “license”, show them examples of the singular and plural forms of the word in context. Explain that a “license” is a document that gives someone permission (such as a driver’s license or a business license), and show examples of sentences using the word. Then, show the same sentences with the plural “licenses” to highlight the difference (for example, “I have a driver’s license” vs. “We both have driver’s licenses”).
3. Practice with written exercises and activities
Once students understand the basic concept of plurals and have seen examples of “license” in context, have them practice using the plural form in written exercises and activities. Provide sentences with the singular “license” and have students write the plural form, or give them sentences with the plural form and have them write the singular. You could also have them fill in the blanks with the correct plural form of “license” or ask them to come up with their own examples of singular and plural “license” usage.
4. Reinforce the concept with real-life examples
Finally, help students see the practical use of the plural form of “license” in everyday life. Show them examples of different types of licenses that people might have (such as a hunting license or a marriage license) and talk about how it’s important to understand how to use the plural form correctly. You could even have students research different types of licenses and create a poster or presentation on the topic, highlighting the singular and plural forms of each.
Teaching students about the plural of “license” may seem like a small detail, but it’s an important part of developing strong language skills. By providing examples, practicing with written exercises and activities, and reinforcing the concept with real-life examples, you can help your students understand how to use this word – and others like it – correctly.