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Eric Sep 4th, 2006 09:42 pm

Team Preposition!
This is a really fun and simple game for teaching prepositions. It requires no preparation or materials.

After you have taught your prepositions (on, under, above, next to, etc...), break your class into teams of 2 (maybe 3). In each group designate one student as student A and one student as student B.

You're going to need some space for the next part. You will saying sentences such as "Student A is in front of Student B". The students then have to put themselves in those positions. First team to finish gets a point.

That's it!


simplyesl Sep 4th, 2006 11:22 pm

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I done this before, it works a treat!

mesmark Sep 4th, 2006 11:22 pm

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That sounds great!

Have you ever done it with 3 or more students, student C, student D etc.? It seems like you could work up to something like that.

Eric Sep 4th, 2006 11:34 pm

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yeah, that should work. start with 2 and build up. also, i forgot to mention, the students should wear some sort of identification. you could tape a piece of colored paper to their shirts or something like that. this helps to keep track of which one is student A and which is student B.

maria rudillas Feb 28th, 2007 07:01 am

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do you have a lesson plan for this

yasemin Mar 1st, 2007 07:27 am

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please please games for simple past please,thanks.........

VEROCley Sep 1st, 2008 12:04 pm

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Very nice idea to break the ice!

Thanks for it!

KathrynBrooks1 Sep 2nd, 2008 07:33 am

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Great idea. You could also have the team A students help student A into position by giving him or her further instructions in the target language, such as, "No, behind John, not in front of him". An added benefit is that you are reinforcing the imperative, such as, "Student A, sit under the desk". If a student uses his or her native language, that team would lose its turn.

elunt Nov 11th, 2008 11:30 am

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One fun "game" I've done with my basic level ESL classes is to go outside and have students stand in a circle. We pass a soccer ball to, beside, between, etc. Then I ask all students to turn to the right (still in a circle, but all facing right) and pass in front of or behind. We're lucky enough to have a soccer field, but this could easily be done anywhere with large enough space. This is also a great way for the students to learn each other's names!

charlymickman Feb 7th, 2011 11:57 am

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Prepositions activity ; treasure hunt game, three teams A B and C.
Name 12 items
hide the items around the classroom, when the students of teams A B and C find the items they have to say where they were found under the box, on top of the books, in the drawer etc. the team with the most items and the correct vocabulary win

Ausangate Mar 18th, 2011 08:16 pm

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i lke the treasure hunt better!!!:becky:

Linda White Apr 14th, 2011 08:22 am

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Thanks, I am going to try both games.

Ron Dog May 3rd, 2011 11:15 pm

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Both those games sound like they would work!

One I've had success with in big and small classes is:
This works with small and large classes, split into several teams,
Arrange teams into lines.
At the front of the class provide each team with a sheet of paper and pencil
Collect the students at the back of the line.
Whisper a drawing instruction to them: e.g. draw a big tree (and perhaps later draw a monkey under the tree), etc.
Students whisper the instruction to each other in a chain. The student at the front has to correctly draw image.
Fastest team scores a point.
Each round, the player from the front of the queue shifts to the back, and all other players shift forward a place.

Hope you like that one!

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