ESL English Game - The Preposition Game

Preposition Game

In today's article we're going to take a look at "The Preposition Game". This is a medium intensity game that involves all students in the class, encourages teamwork, and is good fun.

It's also adaptable for students of almost any age and classes of any size. With a bit of creativity, you can also adapt the game many times to work for a lot of different target language.

The Preposition Game

1. Students are teamed up into groups of 3 or 4 and each student should have a different color crayon and a piece of paper between them (ideally A3 size). Alternatively, you can use the whiteboard and board markers.

2. The teacher sets up the whiteboard as shown above and draws an object (a previously taught noun) on the whiteboard. The teacher asks a ‘Where ….? question such as, ‘Where is the apple?’

3. Students within their team take turns by writing one word each until the team has written the full answer to the question, in this case "The apple is under the table". 

Make sure to word the answer long enough for each student to write one word.

4. When the sentence is complete, all students within their team stand up and shout out the answer. If correct (including correct spelling and punctuation) they are rewarded and another object is drawn on the whiteboard for the next round. 

You can also award one point for being fastest, and one point for being 100% accurate, so even the losing team has an opportunity to score.

Hints and Tips

- Leave the sentence pattern on the whiteboard to help the weaker students.
- Team up stronger students with weaker students and encourage students to assist each other.
- Make sure the completed sentence is made up of different colored words to ensure participation of all students.
- This game can get very competitive, be warned!
- To finish the game on a big high, try drawing the teacher under the car. My students love it!

As an alternative, this game is ideal for comparative adjectives. Draw or show pictures of two different animals. Instruct the students to write a comparative sentence such as, ‘The elephant is bigger than the lion.’

It can also make a good warmer or review activity at the start of a lesson, used to review the previous lesson's vocabulary.