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Prepositions of places
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn about prepositions of places through guided discovery based on an exercise about a night in a haunted hotel, the lesson starts about discussion about things we have in our rooms. This is followed by a testing exercise. Teacher explains preposition places using cards. Finally, there is some controlled practice and free practice via a final role-play speaking activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of preposition of places " in - in front of - on - under - behind - between - opposite - next to - over " in the context of a night in a haunted hotel

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of a night in a haunted hotel


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

Teacher asks students to describe their houses, teacher starts with himself then he asks students about things they have in their houses especially living room and bedroom, each student has to add more sentences.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Teacher tests students' prior knowledge, by quick activity about prepositions of places, students fill the gaps, let them check their answers in pair; the feedback already follows the activity.

Teach (12-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Teacher clarifies areas of target language, which in this case is vocabulary (preposition of places) by using ECDW Teacher shows cards to students and elicit some information then he asks CCQs to clarifies the word, it is followed by drill then the last stage is write the word in: /ɪn/ on: /ɒn/ under: /ˈʌn.dər/ behind: /bɪˈhaɪnd/ opposite: /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/ next to: /nekst tʊ/ over: /ˈəʊ.vər/

Test #2 (12-15 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Teacher use the student's book to test what the students have gained from the lesson Teacher asks them to read the vocabulary and match them with the suitable photo individually. They are supposed to check their answers in pairs then thy share the answers with the teacher Teacher asks students to discus with their partner the places of the ghost in the photos by asking their friends this question (where is the ghost?).

Free practice (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Teacher gives a picture to students and ask them to work in pair, to draw something like a ghost in the house at the picture and hide it from their partners and ask him to guess the place of the ghost. The other one should ask him such questions like (is it in the bedroom and so on.

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