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Prepositions of place
Beginner level


In this lesson, ss learn prepositions of space and practice the usage through speaking and listening. In the lead-in stage, T shows a bag of personal possessions and elicits vocabulary. After choral and individual drill by listening the audio tape, T puts some of the objects "under" the table, "on" the floor, "in" the bag", "next to, in front of, behind" the chair. These prepositions are drilled and written on the WB. Then T asks where is/are the object(s) by changing their places. Through the use of realia, ss learn both new vocabulary and prepositions of place. T gives the first HO, so that ss can see the written form of the personal possessions. In the listening part, ss listen for specific information and find out what does the speaker want in 3 short conversations. After the grammar exercise, ss have a speaking activity based on the use of prepositions to reinforce what they learned.


Abc Vocabulary and Listening HO
Abc Grammar HO
Abc Speaking HO
Abc Prepositions - Where's the cat?
Abc Realia and pictures

Main Aims

  • The main aim of the lesson is to practice prepositions of place by describing where possessions are.

Subsidiary Aims

  • The sub-aim is to teach vocabulary related to personal possessions and to listen for specific information to find out where these possessions are placed.


Warmer/Lead-in (9-10 minutes) • To elicit personal possessions and to practice prepositions of time as an introduction to listening.

Show ss a bag full of objects (page 36) elicit words, individual and choral drilling. Put some of the objects "under" the table, "on" the floor, "in" the bag", "next to, in front of, behind" the chair. These phrases are drilled and written on the WB.

Exposure through Listening (11-12 minutes) • To listen for specific details about the objects and their places

T pre-teaches the following vocabulary by using realia and pointing the photograph on the HO: Table Chair Sofa Black Brown Flatmates Ss listen two housemates. One of them cannot find his things and ss find which three objects he is looking for. Then, they listen again and find where the objects are and match words with letters: bag (A), wallet (B), glasses (C). Ss check answers in pairs. Then, whole class FB.

Highlighting - Prepositions (5-6 minutes) • To practice prepositions of space by repetition and memorize

T gives the second HO about prepositions and asks where the cat is. Answers are drilled. T writes the form on the WB: "in, on, under, next to, behind, in front of + noun".

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To make sentences with prepositions

Demo the exercise for clear instructions. Ss make sentences by using a preposition of place and check their answers in pairs. Ss will give the answers.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-11 minutes) • To practice the use of prepositions by answering each other's questions about the places of the objects.

T gives the instructions about the last HO which is divided as student A and B. In order to clarify the activity, T shows the pictures by using OHP and explains how to proceed. T folds the papers and says that they look the same but they are different. In the first picture, student A asks "Where are the keys" and student B finds the object and gives the answer: "They are on the floor". Then they change roles for the second picture. It is a whole class activity, ss walk around and talk to 6 people as there are 6 objects to find and six prepositions to use. During the activity; T monitors and takes notes for error correction.

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