Prepositions of Place

In, on, between, across from—many English language learners struggle with prepositions. Help is here! Our brand-new grammar lesson focuses on Prepositions of Place, and we’ve included fun illustrations of a living room and a kitchen to help students visualize each preposition.

This 13-page lesson starts off with a helpful Picture Dictionary so that students can easily understand what each preposition means. The Grammar Notes also provide helpful tips. A variety of exercises gives your learners plenty of practice, including matchup, drawing, multiple-choice, pair work, speaking, and writing tasks. By the end of this lesson, your students will have a solid understanding of the most common prepositions of place and related sentence patterns. (more…)

How to Set the Table: Prepositions of Place


When I was a child, I had two important jobs before a family feast like Thanksgiving. The first job was to help make the stuffing. The second was to set the table. I’ve passed these holiday feast duties on to my own kids, and I hope they will do the same.

Setting the table before a feast can be a lot of fun if you’re bringing out “the good dishes.” We use my mom’s silverware, which is kept in a special case lined with red velvet. It’s the same silverware I set the table with as a child, so it’s even more meaningful when I see my own kids marveling over the butter knives.

Have you thought about teaching your students how to set the table in English? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach vocabulary related to the dinner table. Bring in a few real items from home, or ask a few of your students to bring in a piece from home, such as a spoon, a cup, or a dinner napkin. (more…)

There Is / There Are Pair Activity: There’s No Place Like Home

There is no place like home. Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

In the Spotlight this week, Sprout English is featuring “there is / there are,” an important structure for practicing subject-verb agreement as well as prepositions of place. We have a NEW ready-made lesson plan for introducing this structure as well as a handy practice worksheet for more advanced learners. Here is a pair activity to try with your students after you use the lesson plan. In addition to practicing the target language, this activity gives students a chance to draw, speak, ask questions, and write.

Print one copy of this worksheet for each student.

1. Choose a Room or Space
Have students choose one room of their house and write it on the blank line (page 1).

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Where’s the Puppy? Preposition Practice for IN and ON

There are a lot of prepositions in English and many of them have multiple functions. Prepositions were usually at the top of my students’ troublesome grammar lists! Breaking prepositions up into categories (such as place and time) often helps students learn and remember them more easily. Our Spotlight lesson this week was our Word Bank lesson on Prepositions of Place, so I decided to create some worksheets to practice two of the most common prepositions: IN and ON. I divided the worksheets into two pages—the first is a basic exercise on places, and the second is one on transportation (because in my experience, students get quite confused by vehicles—in a car vs. on a bus, for example).

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Prepositions

So many prepositions, so little time! English language learners tend to struggle with prepositions because of the wide variety of meanings and uses. Breaking prepositions up into types can help! The focus this week is on prepositions of place in our Word Bank lesson on Prepositions.

This lesson contains eight beautifully illustrated pages that include a colorful picture dictionary, matchup, word choice, word search, word scramble, and spelling bee. Discussion questions at the end allow your students to practice prepositions in context! (more…)

Where Is Sprout? Games for Practicing Prepositions of Place

“Come out, come out, wherever you are!”

Do your students enjoy playing hide-and-go-seek? Do you know how to make this game educational? Hide-and-go-seek is the perfect game for practicing prepositions of place. If you haven’t already introduced these little words and phrases to your English learners, check out Tanya’s useful post. It’s full of teaching tips on prepositions of place (and directions), including this FREE handy handout.

1. Warm-Up

After you’ve introduced prepositions of place to your students, you can review them by showing this funny series of visuals. Simply ask this question: Where is the child hiding? Go over some of the different prepositions from the pictures.

under the bucket, behind the curtain, in the cupboard, behind the towel, beside the crib…

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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!

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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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