The English article system is not only so complex that philosophers and linguists have
difficulties in agreeing on the underlying notions designated by the different forms, but also so
different from the Vietnamese article system that it must be almost impossible for students
recognize and remember the underlying its rules and conventions. Therefore, the author attempts
to find out an effective way to teach English article, namely definite 'the' and generic 'the'.
To conduct this research, the author used a questionnaire to survey the meaning and use of
English articles, a pretest to analyze the errors of using English articles before treatment, and a
post-test to determine which group performs better (the control group or the experimental group)
after treatment of 80 students at BVU.
The paper compared the theories of traditional grammar and cognitive lessons insight cognitive
grammar to experiment on the two groups.