Prepositions of Place & Giving Directions

Our Spotlight lesson this week, New Town, is all about maps, prepositions of place, and giving directions. In my experience, textbooks often present a map and expect students to generate directions without much guidance. My students would often make many little mistakes, such as forgetting the article “the” before the building names and forgetting secondary prepositions (such as “to the left of”). I found that reviewing prepositions of place first was helpful, followed by providing students with a lot of examples of directions. With the help of our talented designer Robyn, I created a worksheet of common prepositions and directions that your students can use for easy reference. After reviewing these lists, give our Spotlight lesson a try!


New Town

Students often need plenty of practice giving directions using prepositions of place. Our lesson of the week, New Town, is a great place to start! This four-page lesson includes three maps: one with two dialogues (audio included), one with a short reading and comprehension questions, and one with a crossword puzzle for comprehension. New Town is available in both print and digital versions! This lesson also includes different grammar targets including prepositions of place, the simple present, the present progressive (continuous), and clock time.

You’ll find plenty of related resources on our site to go along with this lesson. On Tuesday, I blogged about the grammar involved with giving directions and prepositions of place. On Thursday, Tara blogged about some fun activities to practice directions: Where Is Sprout? Games for Practicing Preposition of Place.

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Things to Do with a Map

It’s Map Time: Using a Map with Young Learners

I was excited to see a tweet today from an ESL teacher in Iowa (@sturgeonesl) who is going to try using Sprout English materials with her young ELLs.

I immediately visited Ms. Libby’s blog and read a post about how she’s setting up her very first classroom. In her post, there are pictures of bookshelves, a calendar, and a map. Ms. Libby wrote:

“My roommate let me borrow this large map for my room. While right now I’m not planning on really doing anything with the map, I think it’s a good thing to showcase in an ELL room. And who knows, maybe it will come in handy later this year.” (more…)