Friday, 20 January 2017

Prepositions of Place - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Hide and Seek

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable teaching activity gives students practice asking yes/no questions combined with prepositions of place. Before you start the activity, you will need two small objects. One object should be singular and the other should be plural. Students work in small teams. A team leaves the classroom for a short time. While the team is outside, the other students hide the two objects in different places somewhere in the room. When the team returns, they ask questions to the students to find out where the objects are hidden, e.g. Is it on something? When they have found the singular object, they then have to locate the plural object, e.g. Are they behind something? Teams receive a point every time they ask a question. Each team must try to find the objects using a minimal number of questions as the team with the lowest number of points wins the game.

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ESL EFL Listening, Speaking and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This is a great ESL activity for practicing or reviewing prepositions of place, specifically prepositions of location and direction. The class is divided into pairs and the worksheets are distributed. Individually, students follow a set of instructions and draw pictures in a range of positions in a frame on their worksheet. The students then take it in turns to read their instructions to their partner who draws all of the objects in a second frame on their worksheet. After that, the students compare their pictures and discuss any differences.

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Prepositions of Place

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This engaging activity is just the thing for teaching students how to use the prepositions of place: in, on and at. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students start by completing statements on their worksheet with the prepositions. Then, they complete the grammar rules associated with the prepositions of place. After which, they tick the statements in exercise 1 that are true for them and add three more true sentences using prepositions of place. Finally, the students find out which things they have in common with their classmates.

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Prepositions of Place Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun ESL activity, students play a game of dominoes using prepositions of place. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a set of dominoes. The dominoes contain the prepositions 'in', 'on' and 'at' on one side and a place expression on the other. One student starts by putting down a domino. Then, the other student tries to match the preposition with a place by putting one of their dominoes on either side of the first domino. The students continue in this way until one student has no dominoes left. That student wins the game.

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This is Asia

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a fun teaching activity for practicing prepositions of place. In the activity, students ask yes/no questions using prepositions of place in order to find the location of a country on a map. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a copy of a map of Asia. Student A secretly chooses one country on the map. Student B then asks up to ten yes/no questions in order to find the location of the country. For example, Is it on the coast? Is it in the Pacific Ocean? Is it above the equator? Is it next to China? Is it east of Iran? Student A can answer only ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. If Student B guesses the country by asking ten questions or less, he/she gets one point. If Student B is unable to guess the country within ten questions, Student A gets one point. Then the students switch roles. The students continue like this until one student has ten points. That student is the winner. As an extension, students complete a writing exercise about the map using prepositions of place.

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Where are the objects?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

Here is a great activity for teaching the prepositions of place: on, under, in, in front of, next to and beside. In the activity, students write sentences about where objects are located and play a game of dominoes by matching the sentences with pictures and vice-versa. Each group of three is given a dominoes worksheet and a belongings worksheet. The groups begin by writing sentences about each picture domino. The students must refer to the belongings worksheet to see who each object in the pictures belongs to. They then describe where the objects are in the pictures using prepositions of place, e.g. Liam's book is on the table. Each sentence is written on the next domino. When each group has finished writing, they cut out the dominoes. Each group then shuffles their dominoes and gives them to another group. The groups then play a game of dominoes. Each player takes five dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The group then turns over the top domino from the pile and places it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure that their picture or sentence matches with the domino on the table. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

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Where are these places?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students practice prepositions of place by describing the location of different shops and buildings on a street map. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students then complete a street map on their worksheet by describing the location of various shops and buildings to their partner using prepositions of place (e.g. opposite, between, next to, on the left/right, etc.). The students take it in turns to ask their partner about the location of the missing shops, e.g. Where is the pizza restaurant? Their partner then describes the location of the shop using prepositions of place, and the student writes the name of the shop in the location described on their map. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to review the locations of the shops and buildings on the map.

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At the Shopping Mall

ESL EFL Reading Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this group problem-solving activity, students use clues to work out where various shops are in a shopping mall. This activity can be used to practice or revise prepositions of place. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a shopping mall floor plan and each student is given a set of clues. The students take it in turns to read out their clues to the group and together they try to work out where the various shops and places are located. When everyone has finished, the answers are checked as a class.

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Where are the carrots?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

You can use this challenging speaking task to teach or review prepositions of place. The students work in groups of four. Each student reads an information card to the group. Working together, the group members fill in the names of the fruits and vegetables on a worksheet, according to where they are on a stall. When they have finished, they should be able to work out the location of the carrots.

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Where is my classroom?

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This puzzle worksheet is ideal for teaching students about prepositions of place. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students read a list of clues and label a floor plan to find a classroom's location. The students then write a description about the location of their own classroom.

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Related Teaching Activities: My Dream Home  /  Prepositions of Movement  /  Whisper Game  /  Giving Directions

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