Gökçen Türkkan Gökçen Türkkan

Prepositions of Place
Elementary A2 level


In this lesson, students will learn prepositions of place and describe any place on a map using prepositions of place. The lesson will start with a story by modelling with the help of the realia(s) to give the idea for adjectives, then students will identify prepositions in a reading text and in order to provide clarification of meaning they will be asked to classify them in relation to the places they are used (ex. streets “on” but “at” school etc.). After clarification and highlighting they will be provided controlled practice and if time: free practice.


Abc a piece of paper
Abc At/In/On Mind map Sheet
Abc Bricks or legos
Tnj7jseureel6sgc6bac map Map

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of prepositions of place

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable students to grasp the meaning of the prepositions and visualize it by drawing.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will describe the Smith’s neighbourhood by using the prepositions of place. To describe the story some lego bricks or some toys will be used. “Hello everybody. How are you today? This is the Smith’s family. This is John, this is Jane and this is their son Jack. They live in London. They live in this apartment building. Their flat is on the 2nd floor. It is on King’s Road. There is a supermarket next to their apartment building. They go shopping there every Wednesday. There is a Chinese Restaurant opposite the supermarket. They buy Chinese food every Sunday. Jack is a student. He goes to school and the school is not far from the house. There is a cinema near the Chinese restaurant. They go to the cinema every Saturday. Jack works in the city centre. The city centre is far from the house. So he drives. Jane is a math teacher. She works at school. Her school is also in the city centre. They use underground. The underground is in front of their house. They have a car. The car is in the car park. The car park is behind the house. ” After the story T will ask questions like “where is their house? Where is the Chinese restaurant? Where is the school?”

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T will ask the students to look at the model she created using the legos and toys. Then they will be asked to recreate the story using the legos. They will work in groups of four. After the task, each group will check the model. They will make corrections if needed. Teacher will tell the story again and they will all check their model neighbourhoods. (5 min.) After the completion of the task, they will match the pictures with the strips of words. They will do that in pairs. One student will be given the nouns and the other student will be given the prepositions, they will match the prepositions+nouns+pictures. (5 min.) (pw-group check) Then, they will look at the text they read in the previous lesson on the course book p. 32. This time they will underline the prepositions and nouns. First one will be done as an example together with the class. Ss will underline the prepositions and nouns with their partner. Then they will check the answers with the other pairs. (5 min.)

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T will ask ss to put the nouns under the correct prepositions (on/at/in) on HO. This three-page HO has mind maps on them. Those mind maps should be completed with the necessary noun. They will decide which word goes with which preposition. They will use the information from the text they read and their prior knowledge. (gw) Then they will compare their answers with the other groups. They will check if there is any difference. T will write the correct classification on the board. Ss will compare their answers. At: at the end, work, school, the restaurant, the cinema, the doctor’s In: a house, towns/cities/countries, the mountains, the centre On: the street/King Street, the beach, floor

Controlled Practice (0-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss will fill in the blanks with the correct preposition They will do this activity in pairs. Then check their answers the other pairs. Teacher will give FB.

Semi-Controlled Practice (0-6 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for (if time) free practice

Teacher will read the sentences and the students will draw what is said by the teacher. Ex: My house is on Atatürk Street. One tree is next to my house. etc. They will check their pictures with their partners then with other pairs.

Freer Practice (if time) (0-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss will tell sentences to each other and draw a picture. They can describe their neighbourhood or whatever they imagine/think. (if time) ss will look at the map and ask places to eachother.

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