A1 Lesson Plan

Prepositions of Place Through Interactive Activities

Created by ALULA | March 22, 2024

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A solid grasp of prepositions is essential for effective communication in English. This lesson plan is specifically tailored for adult ESL learners at the beginner or A1 level. It primarily addresses grammar and vocabulary related to prepositions of place, making use of various engaging activities that facilitate understanding and application of these prepositions in everyday contexts. Learners will come away from this lesson with a stronger ability to describe locations and spatial relationships.

Lesson Focus

The learning focus of this lesson plan is two-fold. First, learners will improve their understanding of prepositions of place (such as 'in', 'on', 'at', 'under', and 'next to'), which are crucial in mastering the English language. Second, the activities are designed to enhance vocabulary associated with common locations and spatial orientation. With the completion of this lesson, ESL students will be able to effectively communicate their whereabouts and comprehend instructions involving locations in their everyday lives.

Lesson Content

Engaging and interactive, the following activities serve to entrench the understanding of prepositions for the students. For each activity, the approximate time needed, the objective, and the necessary materials are provided, along with a step-by-step guide.

Activity 1: Classroom Scavenger Hunt

Approximate Time Needed: 25 minutes

Objective: To actively use prepositions of place in a practical, real-world setting within the classroom.

Materials: Pre-made clue cards containing descriptions of various locations within the classroom, using prepositions of place.

  1. Prepare clue cards before class, with each card describing the location of the next card using prepositions of place (e.g., "Under the clock on the wall, you will find your next hint.").
  2. Divide the students into pairs or small groups.
  3. Distribute the first clue card to each group.
  4. Groups will follow the clues to find the next card, each time correctly identifying the prepositions and recording them.
  5. The scavenger hunt continues until all clues are found and groups return to their starting point.

Activity 2: Where Am I? Activity

Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes

Objective: To practice speaking and listening skills using prepositions of place to describe and guess classroom items' locations.

Materials: A list of common classroom objects and images associated with each.

  1. Prepare a list of common classroom objects and corresponding images.
  2. Have students sit in a circle.
  3. Show a student an image of a classroom object without showing it to the rest of the class.
  4. The student describes the location of the object using prepositions of place, while others guess.
  5. Take turns so each student has a chance to describe and guess.

Activity 3: Map Direction Exercise

Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes

Objective: To utilize prepositions of place in giving and following directions using a map.

Materials: A simple map of a fictional or real town, including key locations and landmarks.

  1. Provide each student with a paper copy of the map.
  2. Discuss key phrases and prepositions used for giving directions.
  3. In pairs, one student gives directions from one location to another while their partner follows the directions on the map.
  4. Ensure that all students have the chance to give and follow directions.
  5. Discuss as a group the common mistakes and correct usages experienced during the exercise.

Wrap Up

In this lesson plan, students engaged in a variety of exercises to help them understand and use prepositions of place. Starting from the interactive Classroom Scavenger Hunt, moving through to the descriptive "Where Am I?" activity, and finally navigating directions with the Map Exercise, students practiced essential grammar and vocabulary in diverse, practical scenarios.

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