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Grammar: Prepositions of Place
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn how to use prepositions of places and practice fluency and accuracy through written and spoken exercises.


Abc 2 board markers

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice in the use of prepositions of places

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in fluency and accuracy in the use of prepositions of places


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

-Put SS in 2 groups. Line them up. -Tell SS they will hear instructions from their teacher where to put the board marker (there are 2 board markers). SS do this in pair, one Ss from each group. The student who follows the instruction correctly first earns a point for the group. e.g. I tell them: "Put the pen 1)on the computer keyboard, 2)in your pocket, 3) next to a SS teacher (e.g. Günay), 4) on your head 5)under your chair 6) on the floor in front of me 7) on the chair opposite you 8) at the corner of the room next to the door 9) in the hand of the person near you 10) on the table next to your teacher The group who can do or follow instructions the most instructions correctly wins.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

-Put SS in pairs. -Tell SS they are going through the text they read in the previous lesson and underline the prepositions of place and the nouns after them. - Show an example on the board. -Tell them they have about 4 minutes to do this. - Monitor and help when necessary. -Peer check, then SS check their answers with answers keys posted on the board and on walls. - Feedback.

Highlighting (7-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

-Write in, on, at, etc. on the board. - Ask SS to write on the board nouns in the texts under the correct prepositions to build up rules. e.g. "in" - (a house, towns, cities/countries, the mountains, etc.) "on" - ( streets, the beach, floors) "at" - (the end, home) - Ask SS when these prepositions are used.( Ask SS to expand the list from their own knowledge may be a way of checking their understanding).

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-Tell SS they are going to look at a map in Hand out 3, and answer questions in exercise 3 by underlining the correct prepositions. In exercise 4, they write the names of places as described in the map. They do this in 3-5 minutes. - Monitor and help where necessary. -SS check answers with seat mates, then check answers with the whole class.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

-Divide the class into 2 groups, A & B. -Explain to SS that they are going to take turns to exchange information with a partner about a text on where someone lives. - Give out HO 4.. - Demonstrate the activity. - Explain that some sentences on the worksheet are incomplete and that it is necessary to ask questions to find the missing information - Write the first incomplete sentence from worksheet B on the board."Gerry Thompson lives in ______." - Elicit the correct question from the class. "Where does Gerry Thompson live?" - Ask SS with worksheet A for an answer, then write answer in gapped sentence. -Demonstrate 2 or 3 more examples. - Give SS 8-10 minutes. -Monitor and help where necessary -PW: they ask questions about information on their sheet. - Peer-check, open activity

Free Practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-Ask SS to stand and walk around the class. They must describe their "perfect" house or "dream house" to three of their friends. Then they decide which house they want to swap with. - Monitor and help where necessary. - SS sit down. - T nominates SS to describe the house they want to swap with.

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