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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. The dominoes contain the prepositions of time in, on and at on one side and a time expression on the other. One student places a domino in front of them and the other student tries to match the preposition with a time expression by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end 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 two-part activity is perfect for teaching prepositions of time. First of all, the students read how to use time prepositions. Then they complete sentences with: in, on or at. 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 holding up their card and inviting another player to go out, stating the time and place. They can also take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. 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 fun activity gives students an opportunity to practice or review prepositions of time and place. In small teams, students play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe where the objective is to make grammatically correct sentences in order to form a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of Xs or Os. The teams take it in turns to choose a preposition square that they think will match with the time or place expression on a card. If they make a suitable sentence using the preposition and time or place expression, they win the square. Teams score one point every time they achieve three in a row. The team with the highest score at the end wins.

Prepositions Tic Tac Toe.PDF


Time Dominoes

EFL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching prepositions with time expressions. After the students have completed the game, they write sentences about themselves using the time prepositions they have learnt.

Time Dominoes.PDF


Time Prepositions

EFL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students practice prepositions of time. Students start off by putting time expressions into their correct column: in, on, at, or no preposition. Then they complete a set of rules for using the prepositions. After that, students test each other in pairs. One student turns over their worksheet. The other student then reads a time expression and their partner tries to guess the correct preposition. After 14 prepositions, they swap roles.

Time Prepositions.PDF


Time Prepositions Board Game

EFL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This engaging board game can be used to teach or review the prepositions of time: in, on, at. The object of the game is to match a time expression and preposition correctly in order to ask a question. When a player lands on a time expression square, they look at the cards in their hand and find a preposition card that matches the time in the square, e.g. at Christmas, on Monday, etc. If a player has a suitable preposition card, they ask a question to another player using the preposition and time expression, e.g. Did you go out on Saturday, Tom? After the student has replied, the player discards their preposition card and picks up a new one. Then, it's the next player's turn. The first player to get to the finish is the winner.

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Find Someone Who...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

In this dynamic teaching activity, students ask and answer questions using prepositions of time. The students move round the classroom asking the various questions on their worksheet. When someone replies positively to a question, the student writes down their name and 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 about their classmates

Find Someone Who.PDF


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