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Lesson on Living Spaces
Elementary level


In this lesson students will learn how to talk about the cities and neighbourhoods they live in using vocabulary consisting of places, adjectives to describe places and prepositions of space. The lesson begins with a warm up activity that will have students compare the distance from their place of residence to British Side. This will prime them for the Reading and Speaking exercises that they will doing and checking in groups. The lesson will end with Q&A session they will performing on themselves to encompass what they have learned.


Abc Gap-fill Handout, Whiteboard
Abc Flashcards
Abc English Unlimited Audio CD
Abc Realia: Cardboard box and ball

Main Aims

  • To teach students how to talk about cities, neighbourhoods and places using prepositions to show how far they are and adjectives to describe them.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To teach students vocabulary and prepositions accurately.


Warm up Activity: Where do you live? (5-8 minutes) • To introduce ss to the target language and to encourage them to mingle in an activity before faced with the questions on the exercise handouts.

Students will be divided into 5 groups (of three) Group A: Find all students that live within 1/2km of British Side. Group B: Find all the students that live between 1/2km and 1km from British Side. Group C: Find " " " " " " 1km and 5km from British Side. Group D: Find " " " " " " 5km and 10km from British Side. Group E: Find " " " " " over 10 km away from British Side. Students get up, move around the room and ask each other these questions, writing the names of the classmates that live within the area of the space chosen for them. One student from each group then puts the names and travel times of the students on their list up on the board in the right place of the diagram. Ask other people from the particular group to fill in missing names if need be.

Pre-task vocabulary (1-3 minutes) • To introduce the ss to places they will use in throughout the lesson

Teacher puts up flashcards of places listed in Ex. 1a one by one, eliciting the words from the ss as the pictures are put up. After eliciting the pictures the teacher then gives ss the handouts with the list of places (and names) on them to check.

Exercise 1: Vocab (2-3 minutes) • Students will find 6 of the listed places in the pictures and confirm their knowledge

Teacher hands out exercise worksheet. Ask ss find more than one thing for the pictures shown. 6-7 is enough. Check the answers from 2.1 on the English Unlimited CD.

Exercise 2: Vocab (4-7 minutes) • To have the students talk in groups about how far things in 1a) are from British Side

a) Ss will be asked to get into 3-4 groups T asks "How far are things in 1a) from British Side?" b) Next, groups will share their ideas: "Is there a hospital near here?" "How far is the hospital from here?" "How long does it take to get from here to the hospital?" T will break down the questions on the board and drill the questions . "What things (points to flashcards on board) are close to British Side? Tell us"

Exercise 3: Reading (1-2 minutes) • To provide students an opportunity to practice gist AND detailed reading

T writes "I live here but I work 800 km away" on the board. Then underlines 800km and asks how far that is. T gives example: From Istanbul to Antalya T asks "Read about Jose Luis and Lawrence" "Where do they live?" "Where do they work?"

Exercise 4: Reading (3-5 minutes) • To have ss answers questions 1-6

T reads the questions out loud with the class. Next, T asks to read the article again carefully and answer questions 1-6

Exercise 5: Reading (2-3 minutes) • To have ss talk in groups about where they live in relation to where they work

T asks: "Do you live near the place where you work/study?" "Does anyone in your family work in a different place?" T demonstrates: "I live 2km away from British Side" "It takes 20 mins to get here" Next, T gestures with hands: "Now talk to each other" Pairs people in A's and B's.

Exercise 6: Vocab (2-4 minutes) • To elicit (or teach) the opposites of the listed adjectives in 6a)

T writes "Opposites" on the board asks ss to repeat. T then writes own examples on the board (short-tall , big-small , black-white) T then reads "boring/exciting" with mimes and intonation to help ss understand. "Now, find the opposites in the reading" (while pointing at the reading / chesting) T sits for a minute, then walks around to monitor ss' work. Listen to the cd and check answers together.

Exercise 7: Speaking (4-6 minutes) • To give students an opportunity to talk about a place they like and don't like giving reasons learned in Ex. 6.

T says: "I like Kaş because it's beautiful and exciting" "I don't like Taksim because it's polluted and noisy" T then asks students to write the name of a place they like and don't like. "Why do you like it?" "Why do you dislike it?" Get ss in three groups and instruct them to talk about the places they like and dislike. "Talk about one place you like and one place you dislike" "Why do you like or dislike them" "Talk together"

Where I Live: Demonstrate and Drill (1-2 minutes) • To have ss familiarize themselves with prepositions in order to complete Ex. 1 and 2

"Turn your sheets over" T brings out the box and ball and elicits the prepositions by gesturing. T then drills with randomizing preposition gestures to ss.

Where I live: 1 and 2 (3-5 minutes) • Students will complete sentences in 1a) with the correct prepositions

T asks ss to fill in the blanks. "Look at 1a. Fill in the blanks" Check answers WC and check the article. Next, T will ask students to get in pairs and fill out blanks using in or on to complete the expressions. Gesture "in" and "on" with ball and box if confusion arises

Where I Live: 3 (3-5 minutes) • To have the students write five sentences about where they live, work or study

Ask students to open their books and write five sentences. Prompt questions: "Where do you live? Where do you work or study?" "In an apartment? Near Istinye Park? Close to the train station?" As ss write monitor their work. Then round ss up and ask a few to read their sentences to the class.

Where I Live: 4 // Speaking (3-5 minutes) • To facilitate a small discussion about the places ss live in encompassing adjectives and prepositions learned throughout the lesson

After a minute to absorb the questions divide the class into two groups. Teacher tells the class where he/she lives and works and why he/she likes it or doesn't like it. Then T tells the class where he/she would like to live as an example. Ss will then talk among themselves asking and answering the questions 1-3. "OK! What did you learn? Where would your partner like to live?" Round up answers.

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