I have borrowed today’s tip from Dave’s ESL Café. One of Dave’s contributors, Gayla Fitzpatrick, wrote,
To work on prepositions with my adult Hispanic classes I bring in
one Ken and two Barbie dolls, a couple of doll-size chairs (if you can find them) and a clear plastic shoe box. They are pleased to identify these American icons. I write the prepositions on the board and place the dolls in appropriate positions, i.e.:
Barbie is in the chair (sitting)
Barbie is on the chair (standing)
Ken is beside Barbie
Barbie and Ken are under the table, and
Ken is between the two Barbies
The clear box is helpful for concepts such as "behind" and "under." I pass the items around the room, asking "Where is Barbie?" and "Where
is Ken?" and they practice sentences with the proper prepositions.
I feared my students would find this childish, but they seem to love it. We have fun with the dolls, for example, "Barbie is on Juan's shoulder," or "Ken is in Esperanza's lap." Tattered clothes and frazzled hair only add to the fun!
Of course, you needn’t only rely on Ken and Barbie. There are also Sponge Bob and Patrick Starfish, Elmo and many others. Creative teachers even use rubber chickens in the classroom. That’s the thing about the rubber chicken: the more you use it, the funnier it gets.
One additional thing: tutor Claire O’Leary advised me that there is a website that encourages you to play a vocabulary game. The site, http://freerice.
Thanks for teaching someone—