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!


Article Review: Friendliest Countries in the World 2013

If you tried our Lesson of the Week about nations and nationalities, then a great follow-up would be to share these articles about different countries with your students.

Have your students look at “The Friendliest Countries in the World 2013” by Steven Sanders on Hubpages’s website. They’ll have fun checking to see if their countries are represented. Ask your young learners if they agree with the author’s choices. Which other countries do they think are friendly? How about their native countries (if you have a multi-national class)? How about other places they’ve visited? Have they been to any of the countries on the list? (more…)

Where Do They Live?

Our Lesson of the Week is Where Do They Live? from the Where section in the Grammar School. This lesson features both world maps and city maps so that students can practice talking about where they live. This is a great lesson to do during the first few weeks of school when kids are getting to know each other. Our head writer, Tara Benwell, also wrote a blog post called Things to Do with a Map that is full of great activities that you could do before, after, or during the lesson. Our Library section has additional colorful maps available for subscribers in the Lists, Tests, Charts, and Maps category. For higher-level students, you could adapt the “directions” exercise in this lesson to include going from A to B with a review of prepositions of place. There is a prepositions chart on the second page of Grammar Chart A in the Lists, Tests, Charts, and Maps category. This week’s lesson could also lead to an interesting discussion about different cultures! (more…)

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…)