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This is a simple speaking activity that can be used with A2 level groups to provide practice in using prepositions of place and giving clear instructions. The lesson is usually successful with adults and teenagers.

**Activity type**: Drawing dictation/pair work

**Level**: A2-B1

**Age**: Adults or senior YLs

Preparation

- Write these incomplete phrases on the board:

*… the top … the bottom … the left … the right*

*… the middle … the corner … the corner*

- Ask students to copy the phrases into their notebooks and to complete them by adding the correct prepositions.
- Ask students to compare their answers in pairs and then complete the phrases on the board:

At the top At the bottom On the left On the right

In the middle In the corner At the corner

- Write these incomplete phrases on the board:

*… the top right … the bottom corner … the left corner*

- Ask students to suggest which prepositions are missing.
- Complete the phrases with the correct prepositions:

On the top right In the bottom corner In the left corner

- Draw the following geometrical features on the board:

A circle - a square - a triangle - a rectangle - an oval

a straight line - a dotted line - a broken line - a wavy line - a zigzag line

- Label each drawing. Elicit the vocabulary from the students.

Procedure

- Draw two big squares (frames) on the board.
- Draw a simple design using geometrical shapes and lines in one square.
- Explain that you are going to copy the design in the second square but you are not going to look at the first square. You are going to follow the instructions that the students give you.
- Invite a student to give you the first instruction.
- Go around the class eliciting instructions and building up the second picture.
- When an instruction is not clear, draw the wrong thing so that the student has to reformulate the instruction.
- Pair work: Now get students to draw a geometric design in their notebooks. Give a limited time (3 minutes) for this.
- Put students into pairs, A and B.
- Students take turns in describing their design to their partner so that they can make an exact copy.
- Allow students to refer to the notes they made about prepositions and vocabulary.

Extension

As a follow up activity, get students to write a description of their original design in their notebooks. They can exchange notebooks and correct their partner’s writing.

**By Katherine Bilsborough**

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## Comments

Nabarawy replied on Permalink

## Excellent

Excellent

Maria-de-Amor replied on Permalink

## Great!!!

Thank you so much for this activity! I'm going to try it with my students! ))) Hurray)))

teteh asti replied on Permalink

## wow! this is very useful

wow! this is a very useful activitythank you for the inspiration

ladooscuro replied on Permalink

## Great activitity!

Great activitity! It was funny with my students!

eugenia stanciu replied on Permalink

## utility

I love the work.

I believe that the exchange of best practices is very effective.

Better English replied on Permalink

## I tried out this activity

I tried out this activity with my adult students. It was lots of fun!!! Thanks for sharing!

Gulnarsuleymanova replied on Permalink

## İt s useful for students.

İt s useful for studends . Because they enjoy such activities . İ will use this activity in my class tomorow . Also colourful

Chalk.

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