Farah Farah

The present simple "there is/are"
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practise the use of 'there is' and 'there are' while referring to household furniture.


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Abc Projector
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Word cards
Abc Magazines
Abc Answer keys

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of The present simple "There is/are" in the context of Household furniture

Subsidiary Aims

  • - To practise pronunciation of rhyming word.
  • - To practise the vocabulary of household furniture


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

Students look at the picture and try to name the items they see in the living-room Drill when appropriate

Pre-teach (5-7 minutes) • To further develop the context

Starter task: Divide the students into 2 groups and give each group word cards containing the words in the exercise Give examples They'll have to make put the words of items we find in the living room, the kitchen or both. They check their answers with the other group. Do a magazine rush: students flick through magazines to find the picture a asked them for

Stage 2 (3-5 minutes) • To pre-teach grammar

Describing the picture of Susie's flat Drilling sentences to describe what's in the living room Let the students describe the picture orally

Clarification (5-8 minutes) • To practise the use of 'there is/are' in the positive, negative and question form

Ex 2 listening: Demonstrate the task very carefully: do the first one as an example. Students do the exercise individually then they check in pairs. Answer key on the smart board.

Controlled Practice (6-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Demonstrate some examples from the exercise: cushions, curtains Help them by using finger counting Demonstrate the activity with students Students practise ask each other questions using the words of the activity

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Elicit the positive, negative, plural, singular and question form from the students.

Free Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ask students to describe each other's living room using 'there is' and 'there are'

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