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Preposition construction

ESL Preposition Construction

Preposition construction is an exciting game that is very effective for teaching prepositions. If properly carried out, it is very rewarding due to a high level of involvement from the learners in the learning process.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials required: Desk, barrier (a large piece of cardboard paper or a light board that can act as a barrier), identical sets of objects (Examples: two plastic cups, two animals, two dolls, two pots, two plastic knives, two plastic stoves or any objects that the learners know the name of in the target language.)

Skills practiced: prepositions, new vocabulary and quick thinking.

Level: All levels

Method

  1. On completion of a lesson on prepositions (in, on, beside, under, next to, etc.), organize the students into two teams; TEAM A and TEAM B (with a maximum of four students per team).
  2. Place each group on the opposite sides of the desk. Erect a barrier with the aid of a piece of cardboard or light board in the centre of the desk. This barrier should be high enough to prevent one team from seeing the other team on the other side of the desk.
  1. Ask the members of each team to be seated on each side of the barrier, then place half the objects in front of each team.
  2. Ask team A to construct any structure of their choice (note that the barrier should prevent team B from seeing what their mates are constructing)
  3. When team A completes their construction, then they will give team B instructions that will enable them to replicate same structure constructed by team A.

Example:

The doll is IN the pot

The pot is ON the stove

The cup is BESIDE the hammer

The hammer is NEXT TO the knife etc.

Questions can be asked by Team B to assist them to understand the nature of the structure, once they feel they have completely replicated it, the teacher removes the barrier and the structures will be compared.

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ESL Game River

ESL River is a simple game that can be used to get students out of their chairs and revising vocabulary and listening at the same time. 
 
This game is always enjoyed and is sure to be requested again and again. 
 
Method
 
1. Get students to stand in a line. Make sure they have plenty of space. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e animals. When you say an animal, the students have to jump over “the river”. 

If you say another word from another category and the students jump, the crocodile gets them and they are out. 
 
3. Let the students take control and they call out the words. 

This game can be a great end of class activity.