My kind of place
For the Ss to notice the form of the grammar structure: there is/are. using some gap fill exercises in the context of places.
For the students to check their answers through listening and to notice the correct pronunciations.
Procedure (32-45 minutes)
Review the context set in the previous lesson by asking some questions about Auckland, Keswick and Eyeries. Use Is there a...? Are there any...?
Give them a series of sentences about places with gaps to fill in with 's, is, are, isn't or aren't.
1. Give the Ss the answer sheet which also shows the different forms of the grammar structure: positive, negative, questions, short answers in singular and plural forms. 2. Ask them to check their answers and see if they don't get any part. 3. Highlight that we use "any" in negatives and questions with "there are". 4. Write "There isn't a shop./There aren't any restaurants." on the board. Then, highlight that we can also make negative sentences with no: There's no shop./There are no restaurants.
1. Ask the Ss to fill in the gaps about Keswick and then to listen and check their answers. 2. Highlight the pronunciations of there's /ðez/ and there are /ðeərə/. 3. Give them a table to fill in with Is there and Are there. 4. Ask them to listen and practice the questions and the short answers. 3. Ask them to think about places near their home and fill in the "me" column with Yes or No. 4. Put the Ss in pairs. Ask them to ask those questions from their partners and fill in the column "my partner" with Yes or No again.
1. Ask them to make sentences about the places around ITI using "there is/are" in groups. 2. Ask them "How far is it?" 3. Highlight the use of "It's only ... minutes away."