Alexa Alexa

There is / There are
A1 - A2 level


In this lesson, students learn about there is and there are through guided discovery based on examples using food vocabulary. The lesson starts making emphasis on count nouns ans non-count nouns, singular and plural. This is followed by grammar practice. Finally there is some review about the plural rules.


Abc Student's book, page 40
Abc Student's book, page 41
Abc Student's book, page 128
Abc Student's book, page 129
Abc Board

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of there is and there are in the context of food

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, practice and review of language used for count nouns and non-count nouns in the context of food


Warmer/Lead-in (10-15 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher provides sentences about stuff in the classroom until students figure out the structure, meaning and use by themselves, for example: "There is one door in the classroom." or "There are 15 students in the class.".

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher writes on the board the structures used with there is and there are, helped by the students own discovery. The teacher points out any detail students might left out. This is followed by students providing more examples orally. Finally, the teacher elicits some students to read the grammar box on page 40, to clarify any detail.

Highlighting (5-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher points out the correct use of the words "some", "any", "nothing" and "anything". This is followed by the teacher and students discussing about count nouns and non-count nouns, their characteristics and the way to identify them.

Controlled Practice (15-20 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Teacher writes an activity on the board which students copy and answer on their own. Then the teacher and students make a general review, clarifying doubts and general problems.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-15 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students answer the grammar practice on page 41 on their own by completing each statement or question with an affirmative or negative form of there is or there are.They are graded individually.

Free Practice (20-30 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students practice there is and there are, as well as count and non-count nouns by completing exercises B (change the sentences from affirmative to negative), C (complete sentences with some or any), D (complete questions with How much or How many), and E (write the plural form of each count noun)

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