Annie May Omercikoglu Annie May Omercikoglu

Grammar: There is/There are, questions and short answer
Beginners (A1) level


In this lesson, sts will describe what are the things found in their neighbourhood such as places, parks and etc. Sts will also practice forming there is/there are sentences and questions both in negative and positive form through writing and speaking activity and to provide short answers for the target language.


Abc Photo of a neighbourhood
Abc Sample map of a neighbourhood
Abc Picture cards (find the difference)
Abc Activity Worksheet

Main Aims

  • *To present and practice there is / there are questions by describing images.

Subsidiary Aims

  • *To give sts controlled speaking and writing accuracy.
  • *To give a survey about their neighbourhood.


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

Teacher will stick a picture on the WB and asks sts "what can you see in the picture?". Try to elicit some or all the following, a supermarket, a park, trees, buildings, bridge, roads.

Discussion Starter (10-12 minutes) • To present the use of there is / there are in questions and negatives form.

T will show a sample map about her own neighbourhood, then asks sts to draw a map of their own neighborhood. Tell sts to show their house and places they regularly go. Once they have drawn their maps put sts in a groups to tell each other about their own neighbourhood using the phrases "in my neighbourhood there is / there are ....".

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To give sts more practice on the TL. To present the use of there is/ there are answers.

T will choose a map from a st and use it as an example. T ask sts "is there a garden ?, is there a park? are there any parks? T elicits answers. Afterwards T will give the the worksheet on picture analysis.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To give sts practice in speaking for specific information.

T puts the sts in A and B pairs. A sts will have the A picture, B sts will have the B picture. Tell sts to look at their pictures silently, and make sure they all know the vocabs.T monitors/help sts if necessary. Sts must not look at each otherĀ“s pictures. Instead, they must describe their pictures in a great detail using there is/there are, etc. Model what they have to do briefly. Once students have found three differences they can compare pictures to check. In feedback, ask one or two pairs to tell T what differences sts found. (Both pictures have a school and a hotel, pic A has a supermarket, a bank and a park while pic B has a hospital, shops and a market).

IF-TIME ACTIVITY (3-5 minutes) • To make use of the time left and to give sts more practice in writing for specific information.

T will let sts to rewrite the sentence using the symbols in the brackets. T do the first as an example. Let sts check the answers in pairs.

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