Patricia Williams Patricia Williams

Haunted House, there is/are
Elementary 2 level


In this lesson, students will extend previous knowledge of 'there is/are' to 'there were/was' with subsidiary items of prepositions of place and movement. They will first engage in an extended discussion from murder to haunted places, read about proclaimed haunted hotels and do comprehension tasks on the text, then move on to a listening task of a personal experience in a haunted hotel with added practice of prepositions. The lesson rounds off with an analysis of the grammar point, and finally a speaking task describing things in a hotel using 'there was/were'.


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Main Aims

  • To provide deduction reading practice using a text about A night in a haunted house in the context of Haunted hotels

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of There was/were in the context of Haunted hotels


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

-slide 1: HAUNTED ..Do you know any old houses in your country? Are they haunted? Do you believe in ghosts? -ss discuss questions on IWB and T gives content feedback

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-Would you stay in a haunted house? (video: Ghost in dubai airport) -ss watch video and discuss -T gives content feedback

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students specific information reading/listening comprehension tasks

-ss read and answer comprehension Qs such as 'Who are the ghosts in the hotels?' then discuss in pairs -T elicits answers and shows on board, gives feedback

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To introduce vocabulary and discover meaning leading to personalising task

-ss work together to discuss meaning of highlighted words, such as 'lounge' and 'suite' since they are difficult and 'suite' often is confused with 'suit', for example -T elicits and adds question 'Would you stay in one of these hotels?' to personalise

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