Prepositions of Movement and Giving Directions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
Draw the Directions
ESL EFL Drawing and Writing Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes
In this creative teaching activity, students draw pictures to match a set of directions. Each student then has to create a set of new directions for a classmate to draw. All of the sentences contain prepositions of movement that are commonly used when giving directions.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this useful teaching activity, students use prepositions of place and movement to practice asking for and giving directions to places on a map. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask each other for directions to the places listed on their worksheet. When a student finds the place they want to go to, they write the name of the place on their copy of the map. Students are not allowed to look at each other’s worksheet until they have both found all eight places listed. Finally, students compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.
Gold Star Directions Game
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes
This entertaining activity gives students practice at giving and following directions using imperatives, prepositions of movement and place. Teams follow directions to find hidden gold stars that have been placed throughout the classroom and building. When all the stars have been found, each team is given another gold star and sent off to hide their star somewhere in the building. Each team writes a set of directions from the classroom to the location of their star. When all of the teams have returned, they challenge one another to find their gold star by following their directions. The team with the most gold stars at the end of the game wins.
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ESL EFL Drawing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this creative activity, students practice asking for and giving directions. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by drawing a map of the centre of their town or city. Students write in the names of the streets and then draw eight places on their map, e.g. a cinema, town hall, shopping mall, etc. Then, in pairs, they take it in turns to ask for and give directions from one place to another on their map using the prepositions of movement listed on their worksheet.
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ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This is a fun game to play when teaching directions and prepositions of movement. In the game, students practice giving directions in order to guide someone through a maze. The class is separated into teams. Each team chooses one student to be their player. The players from each team are blindfolded. Next, the desks in the class are rearranged to resemble a maze with one entrance and one exit. The teams take it in turns to guide their blindfolded player through the maze by giving directions. The aim of the game is for the teams to direct their player through the maze in the shortest possible time.
Up, Down, Left, Right
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This engaging activity helps to teach your students about prepositions of movement and place. It may also serve to teach imperatives. Students work with a partner. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The first student gives a set of instructions to their partner. Their partner follows the instructions and draws pictures in a grid on their worksheet, according to the prepositions given. When the instructions have been completed, they check the locations of the pictures and then swap roles.
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Can you tell me the way...?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students practice asking for and giving directions using prepositions of movement and place. After reviewing prepositions of movement and place as a class, the students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is handed a corresponding worksheet. The two worksheets contain a map that has different information from the other. Below the map, there are eight places they need to find. The students' task is to ask their partner where the eight places are and write the locations on the map. Student A goes first and asks Student B for directions to the places written on their worksheet. When Student A has been given directions to the place they want to go to, they write the name of the place on their map. When Student A has found all eight places, the students swap roles. Afterwards, the students compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.
How do I get to...?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this noteworthy teaching activity, students practice asking for and giving directions. The class is split into pairs and each student is given a worksheet that contains a map of a town and a list of places. Students take it in turns to ask each other for directions to the places listed on their worksheet. When a student finds the place they want to go to, they mark the position on their map. When the students have finished, they compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.
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ESL EFL Brainstorming, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is a fun way for students to practice prepositions of movement. In the activity, teams race to come up with three answers for questions using a preposition of movement. The students are divided into small teams and each team is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reads the first question from the worksheet to the class: Name three things you would never run towards. The students brainstorm and try to come up with three suitable answers in their teams. When a team has three answers, they put up their hand and all the other students stop writing. The team then gives their answers. If they give three suitable answers, they win one point, e.g. a tsunami, an erupting volcano, a man with a knife. If they can make a complete sentence using the preposition of movement and their three answers, they win two points, e.g. We would never run towards a tsunami, an erupting volcano, or a man with a knife. This procedure is repeated with the next question and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Prepositions of Movement Pelmanism
ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this challenging pairwork activity, students play a pelmanism game where they complete sentences with appropriate prepositions of movement. The students are split into pairs and given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and then spread them out on the table face down, with the bigger sentence cards on one side and the smaller preposition cards on the other. Students take it in turns to turn over one sentence card and one preposition card. The student then reads the sentence card aloud, putting the preposition from the smaller card into the sentence. If the preposition of movement matches with the sentence, the student keeps the cards as a ‘trick’ and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the student puts them back. The students continue to play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most tricks at the end of the game is the winner. When everyone has finished, the students go through the correct answers and write the prepositions on the sentence cards. Finally, students test each other by taking it in turns to read a sentence card to their partner. Their partner then tries to give the correct preposition.
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