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There is/ There are (Negative and Question forms)
Beginner level


In this lesson, students learn about and review the positive, negative and question form of ''There is/There are''. The lesson starts with a guided discovery trying to elicit these three forms from the students based on their existing knowledge, then continues with controlled practice exercises to check understanding, and ends with a final productive speaking activity


Abc face2face Elementary Student's Book
Abc face2face Elementary Teacher's Book

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of ''There is/ There are'' in positive, negative and question forms in the context of places to live

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of places to live


Testing knowledge of TL (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the negatives and questions of there is/there are

T writes on the board ''Ankara or İstanbul'' and then ''Is there a sea in İstanbul?'' Sts are expected to say ''Yes, there is a sea in İstanbul''. Then T writes on the board: ''Is there a sea in Ankara?'' Sts are expected to say ''No, there isn't a sea in Ankara''. Then T writes ''Are there any big bridges in İstanbul?'', Sts are expected to say ''Yes, there are 2 big bridges in İstanbul'', Then T writes ''Are there any big bridges in Ankara?'' Std are expected to say ''No, there aren't any big bridges in Ankara'' Then the teacher divides the students into two groups, Ankara and İstanbul, gives them a few vocabulary words about cities, and instructs them to ask these questions to their partners and answer them with positive or negative form of ''There is/There are''. They should use both plural and singular words. ICQ's- Are we asking questions? (Yes) Are we answering questions? (yes) Are we using all the words? (Yes) Are we using singular or plural? (both) Monitoring, Fb and error correction as necessary

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of There is/There are through guided discovery

Teacher asks them to work in pairs to fill in the table showing all different forms of There is/There are from the book, adapted for Ankara and İstanbul. FB and error correction. Singular or plural?Emphasize that we use ''a/an'' for singular, and ''any'' in negatives and plural questions . Get the students pronounce correctly.

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Exercise 8 from the book. Demonstrate the first two. Emphasize the Tick for a positive, Cross for a negative form. Work in pairs. Monitor. Quick WC FB

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To get students write questions with There is/There are

Write on the board: ''Where do you live?'' and ''Near your House'' Demonstrate: Q:Where do you live? A:I live in Buyukcekmece Q:Are there any good restaurants near your house? A:No, there aren't any good restaurants near my house. Instruct them to write 5 questions on the distributed survey form to ask their partners asking about where they live, using the vocabulary on the handout and ''There is/There are''. Work alone ICQ's: Are you writing questions about your home? (No) Are you writing questions about your partner's home? (yes) FB and error correction

Speaking Practice (8-10 minutes) • To use ''There is/There are'' in conversation

Students mingle to ask the questions they prepared to at least two other students. They must answer in both positive and negative forms. ICQ's: Are we going to ask our questions? (Yes) How many people do we talk to? (at least 2) Do we write down their answers? (yes)

If-time activity (5-6 minutes) • To practice more speaking

Students sit down, and talk to a partner to whom they haven't asked their questions, and give them info about the students they talked to. Ex: There is a cinema near Mehmet's house. There aren't any good hotels near his house etc.

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