Lucy Lucy

Grammar - using "there"
Elementary, A2 level


In this lesson, students will learn how to use "there" when constructing sentences. They will learn in particular in which contexts to use "there are" and "there is", as well as "some" and "any".


Abc Grammar Practice Activities
Abc Handout "Grammar focus 1"
Abc Picture Print Outs

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of "there is", "there are", "some" and "any" in the context of food and drink

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of food and drink


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

Introduce 1. Elicit from students "there are some books" etc. 2. Write on board "there are" 3. Elicit from students "there is water" etc. 4. Elicit "there isn't any water", "there aren't any books"...

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

EXERCISE 1 1. Students listen to audio and determine if true or false 2. Work in pairs to check 3. Check as class EXERCISE GRAMMAR 1 4. Write two example sentences - elicit as a class 5. Concept check - "if it's singular, or one, we say...", "if it's plural, more than one, we say..." 6. Students work alone to complete grammar box

Pronunciation (5-7 minutes) • To clarify pronunciation

1. Instruct students to listen to the audio and how they pronounce the sentences. Pronounce "there's" and "an" separately and then together 2. ICQ - "are we going to write", "are we going to answer something" "are we going to listen" 3. Give handout 2 and play audio 4. Ask CCQ - Did they say "there/is/an/apple" or "there's_an apple" 5. Drill using picture print outs

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

EXERCISE 1 - CONTROLLED PRACTICE 1. Students work alone and then in pairs to fill in the blanks 2. Check as a class EXERCISE 2a - FREER PRACTICE 1. Students write four true sentences and four false sentences about what they can see in the photos (give example) 2. Students work in pairs and say "there are...", partner answers true or false

Free practice (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

GAME - explain before giving handout 3 1. Students work in 3 groups to describe what is in the picture to their partner using "there is" or "there are" (MONITOR) and 1 student draws. Whoever has the most accurate drawing at the end of the game wins. TIME LIMIT - 3 mins 2. ICQs - are we going to write? how many people are going to draw in a group? are we going to keep the picture a secret from the person drawing? (yes)

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