Prepositions of Place at Home: Musical Furniture

by | Oct 1, 2021

Type : Activity
Topic : House & Home
Grammar : Prepositions

Prepositions around the house for your ESL classes.

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We made this one a few weeks too late…

This was exactly the activity I needed for my A0-A1 group in July. Instead, I used a very basic activity found in the textbook. The target language never really set in the way I thought it should.

I’ll just have to go back in time and redo the lesson with this activity in hand. I’m coming for you Vlad!

How to use it

Looks pretty self-explanatory, doesn’t it?

The point of the activity is to put the 4 elements together to create a grammatically correct phrase.

  1. There is…
  2. a quantifier…
  3. a piece of furniture…
  4. a positional element…

Why did I add the quantifier portion???
Because I have spent the last three years mostly teaching those whose mother tongue lacks articles.
I often hear myself repeating “How many?” or “Which?”  or something of the kind to remind them to add the article.
This addition of the quantifier will hopefully get students to remember the difference between there is / there are and their negative counterparts.

Some ideas

  • Students describe the room they are currently in. This works well for in-person classes, too, as students can compare their answers with other students. Who has a more detailed description of the classroom?
  • If you are online, students can describe the room they are in, and then the others can guess which room of the house it is.
  • Students describe their dream home, that of a celebrity’s or an imaginary place.
  • Students guess what their partner’s house looks like. They earn one point for any correct details!
  • Give students a time limit for their descriptions.

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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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