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Prepositions of Time - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

In, On, At Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Help your students to understand how to use prepositions of time with this dominoes game. For the purpose of this teaching activity, students are split into twos. Each pair is handed a set of dominoes. The dominoes contain the prepositions of time in, on and at on one side and a time expression on the other. The students shuffle the dominoes and divide them out equally. The first player begins by placing down a domino. Then, the other player must try to match the preposition with a time expression by putting one of their dominoes on either side of the first domino. The students continue taking it in turns to place dominoes until one student has no dominoes left. This student is the winner.

In, On, At Dominoes.PDF


In, On, At

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This imaginative activity is perfect for teaching prepositions of time. First of all, the students read how to use time prepositions. Then they complete sentences using the correct preposition of time. After that, the students are given time preposition cards. The teacher calls out time expressions, and the students have to hold up the correct preposition of time. If they hold up the wrong preposition or are too slow, they are out. The winner is the last student left playing the game.

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Invite me out

ESL EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this compelling teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes matching places and time expressions with the correct preposition. The students also practice making invitations using time and place prepositions. In groups of four, students play a game of dominoes with preposition cards and invite cards. The players put down dominoes by making sure that the preposition matches the time or place on the previous domino. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they have two options. They can play an invite card by inviting another player to go out or they can pick up a card from the pile. The winner is the first player to get rid of all their dominoes.

Invite me out.PDF


Prepositions of Time Lesson

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes

Here is a straightforward lesson for teaching prepositions of time. In this lesson, students learn how to identify the correct preposition for a range of time expressions. To begin, the students put time expressions into different categories depending on the time preposition used. Following that, students complete the rules associated with the prepositions. After that, the class performs a find someone who activity based on the time prepositions they have learnt. The students then tell the class about the people they interviewed in the activity.

Lesson - Prepositions of Time.PDF

Prepositions Tic Tac Toe

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This strategic ESL game works well for teaching or reviewing prepositions of time and place. The class is divided into small teams and paired off. The objective of the game is to make grammatically correct sentences in order to form a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of Xs or Os (Tic-Tac-Toe).

Prepositions Tic Tac Toe.PDF


Time Dominoes

EFL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this enticing teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes using prepositions of time. After the students have completed the game and had practice using the prepositions, they write sentences about themselves using the target vocabulary.

Time Dominoes.PDF


Time Prepositions

EFL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students practice prepositions of time. Students start off by putting time expressions into their correct column: in, on, at, orno preposition. Then they complete a set of rules for using the prepositions. After that, students test each other in pairs. Student A turns over their worksheet. Student B then reads a time expression, e.g. two days and Student A tries to guess the correct preposition. After 14 prepositions, they swap roles.

Time Prepositions.PDF


Time Prepositions

EFL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Teach or review the prepositions of time in, on, at with this wonderful board game. The object of the game is to match times and prepositions correctly so as to ask a question.  When a player lands on a time square, they look at their cards and find a preposition card that matches the time in the square. If the player has an appropriate preposition card, they ask a question to any other player, involving that time phrase. When the other player replies, they discard their preposition card, and take another from the pile. Then, it's the next player's turn. If a player does not have the correct preposition card, they must miss a go. The player who gets to finish first is the winner.

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Find Someone Who

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

In this dynamic teaching activity, students have to ask and answer questions using prepositions of time. The students start by constructing different question forms according the statements on their worksheet. Afterwards, the students move around the room asking the various questions to their classmates. When someone replies positively to a question, the student asks a follow-up question to gain more information. At the end of the activity, students give feedback to the class about what they found out.

Find Someone Who.PDF


Related Teaching Resources: Prepositions of Movement  /  Prepositions of Place   /  Telling the Time 

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