Dependent Prepositions - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Adjective + Preposition Combinations

ESL Dependent Prepositions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This insightful dependent prepositions worksheet helps students to learn and practice common adjective + preposition combinations.Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching sentence halves together to make sentences containing adjective + preposition combinations. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. In pairs, the students then describe pictures on their worksheet using the adjective + preposition combinations from the first exercise. Next, students complete questions with the correct prepositions. The students then ask and answer the questions with their partner. Finally, students give feedback to the class on their answers.
 

Verb + Preposition Dominoes

ESL Dependent Prepositions Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this dependent prepositions activity, students practice common verb + preposition combinations by playing a game of dominoes. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top domino from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player tries to combine a verb and preposition together to form a sentence or question by placing a domino down either before or after the domino on the table. If the player thinks that the verb and preposition match and the cards make a complete sentence or question, they read it to the group to show the match is correct. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
 

Dependent Prepositions Questionnaire

ESL Dependent Prepositions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Low intermediate - 30 minutes

In this rewarding dependent prepositions activity, students ask and answer questions that contain dependent prepositions with verbs and adjectives. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing questions on the worksheet with prepositions that they think match with the verbs and adjectives. Afterwards, the answers are checked with the class. Next, students write their own answers to the questions in the 'My answer' column. When the students have finished, they stand up and walk around the class, asking and answering the questions from the worksheet to try to find other people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same answer, they write the person's name in the 'Name' column next to the corresponding question and ask follow-up questions to gain more information, noting down the answers in the last column. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
 

Who wrote it?

ESL Dependent Prepositions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Low intermediate - 30 minutes

In this engaging activity, students complete true sentences containing dependent prepositions and then find out who wrote other sentences by asking yes/no questions. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they deal out equally. The students complete the sentences on the cards by completing the dependent prepositions and adding true information about themselves. The students now work together as a class. A box or container is put in the middle of the room and the students fold up their completed sentences and put them in the box. The students then find out who wrote each sentence in the box by asking yes/no questions to their classmates. The student that finds out who wrote the most sentences wins. All the students stand up and take one sentence card each from the box. If they choose their own sentence, they put it back and take another card. The students then go around the class asking yes/no questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card. For example, if the card read 'I'm thinking about moving house next year'. The student would ask 'Are you thinking about moving house next year?' When a student finds the person who wrote the sentence, they write the person's name on the card, keep it and take another one from the box. The students repeat the activity until there are no cards left. The student with the most sentences at the end is the winner. Finally, the students report back to the class on what they found out about their classmates.
 

Dependent Prepositions Board Game

ESL Dependent Prepositions Board Game - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a board game where they go around collecting various prepositions in order to complete sentences containing dependent prepositions. The aim of the game is to be the first player to complete all the sentences on their card correctly with dependent prepositions. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Each player is also given a card. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. When a player lands on a preposition square, the student looks at the sentences on their card and sees if the preposition can fit in one of the sentences. If so, the player reads the sentence to the group. If the group agrees the sentence and dependent preposition are correct, the player completes the sentence with the missing preposition. If not, the teacher is called in to adjudicate. If a player lands on a preposition square they have already used, play passes to the next student. When a player thinks they have completed all the sentences, their card is checked to make sure their answers are correct. If the player's answers are correct, they win the game. If the player has made a mistake, the game continues. Afterwards, the dependent prepositions are reviewed with the class.
 
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