Факультативное занятие в 11 классе по теме «The importance of knowing prepositions»

Form 11
ГУО «Урицкая средняя школа»
Учитель: Садовский Геннадий Антонович

March 14, 2013

Тема : The importance of knowing prepositions

Цель: Совершенствование грамматических навыков.


1) Способствовать совершенствованию грамматических навыков употребления предлогов в речи учащихся.
2) Развивать навыки монологической и диалогической речи через ролевую игру.
3) Создать условия для совершенствования навыков восприятия и понимания речи на слух.

Lesson Plan

I. Организационно-мотивационный этап.

Good morning! Sit down. By the way, how are you? (I’m fine p1, p2…etc.)
If you are fine we may begin our lesson. The theme of our lesson is written on the blackboard.
In order to read it you have to make up a sentence

(knowing, The, prepositions, importance, of)

So, the theme of our lesson is “The importance of knowing prepositions” and today we are to speak about prepositions and about the things that are closely connected with them.

By the end of the lesson you are to answer the following questions:

  1. Why are prepositions so important in our speech?
  2. What are phrasal verbs?
  3. Can we avoid prepositions in our speech?

II. Операционно-познавательный этап.

Now relax. Shut your eyes. I’m counting up to ten. (The teacher puts on a judge’s gown and a head-gear.) Open your eyes.
Stand up! The trial starts. Sit down.

Today we are having a very unusual case. The essence of the matter is the following. 5 prepositions namely “At”, “By”, ”For”, “In”, “On” appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice to claim priority. To tell the truth we are the last institution able to help them. To examine the applications in a fair and just way I need 2 assistants. (The teacher chooses 2 assistants putting judge’s head-gears on their heads)

1) Honorable prepositions! Why do you think you are the most important? The floor is given to preposition “At”

(Presumable answer)

Dear court! At first I’m used very often. At last you can’t deny the fact of having used such phrases as

At times At present At the prospect
At a loss At ease At random

I’m also used with phrasal verbs look at, run at…
Please, take my lists of prepositional phrases and phrasal verbs with “at”
(the list is prepared by a student at home on his own)

2) The floor has preposition “By”

(presumable answer)
By nature I’m not less important than preposition “At”. By the way I’m used in such phrases as

By accident By luck
By heart By chance

I’m used with phrasal verbs too.

Go by Stand by Drive by smth
Pass by Be by

I’m by far the best. I’m sure. Take my list of prepositional phrases and verbs.

3) Now the turn of “For”
(Presumable answer)
For short my siblings are right. But you can’t, for instance, live even for a while without such phrases as

For certain For granted For once
For good For keeps For love

And here are my lists with prepositions.

4) Preposition “In”. Say a few words about your point of view.
In any case I’m the most widely used preposition. In fact I’m used in such phrases as

In brief In terms In length
In cash In doubt In common

Phrasal verbs are my best friends

Look in Be in Get in
Give in Come in See in

My list with prepositions.

5) Preposition “On”. Your vision of the matter.

On principle I’m number one. On the whole I’m used on TV, on the radio, on the phone and so on. I’m used in such phrases as

On arrival On business On bait
on balance On condition On behalf

Phrasal verbs are fond of me.

Be on Сome on Set on
Go on Look on Put on

On the way to justice I hope you’ll take my side. Here are my lists with prepositions.


You are right to some extent. If you consider yourselves so important try to make up a sentence (as long as you can) using only one preposition.

Students’ sentences:

AT —  Being at peace or at war they were at their best at home, at school and at work at sunset, at midnight or at night and at the same time they were never at a loss at the weekend.

BY – Yesterday by accident, by force or by mistake he went home by nearly all means of transport: by bus, then by train and by car and by the way he told everything by phone.

IN – All in all he has never been in debt or in a bad temper, in need of money or in a raw and he has never been seen in a hurry in public, in the streets, in the suburbs, in the sun or in the shadow.

FOR —  For ages he has had eggs and bacon for breakfast, soup and chicken for lunch, fish and vegetables for dinner, coffee, tea or milk for a change for fear of his health.

ON – On the whole being on a tour or on an expedition on the one hand on an island  or on leave on the other hand the person doesn’t want to go on foot but prefers riding on horseback, lying on the sofa and so on.


OK. You’ve convinced me you can do without other prepositions. Now it’s high time we could hear out witness. My assistants inform me our witness hasn’t come. Unfortunately, he is ill. But we’ve got his letter. Let me read it.

“Everything happened at a party 4 months ago. We were telling interesting stories and listening to the music. The party was in full swing and everything was OK till the song “Freedom” performed by Paul Anka came out of the loudspeakers. I recommend you to listen to this song paying attention to the usage of prepositions and you’ll understand everything.

Having a profound respect for you I’d like to ask you for help. I’ll give you sheets of paper with the words of the song. I ask you to insert necessary prepositions.”

Paul Anka – Freedom for the world 1987

Look ___ the madness
The faces ___ sadness
The people who try to survive
And why is it so
The children are wondering why

We’ve broken the promise
The truth is ___ us
Somehow we’re living a lie
And why don’t we start
The start being smart, you and I

Just look ___, what do you see
Is this the way we want it to be
I can’t believe the
way we carry ___, are we wrong

Ev’rybody all ___ the world
We’ve got to get ____
If we don’t get together, we’ll be gone

Talking ____ freedom ___ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
I said freedom ____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
Got to have freedom ___ you and me
Freedom ____ the world

Look ___ tomorrow
Think ___ the sorrow
Think ___ the price we’ll pay
Look ___ your heart
And love will lead the way

People are praying
People are saying
How long can this go ___
It just isn’t right
To fight ___ the right to belong

Ev’rybody all ___ the world
Raise your voices ___ song
If we don’t get together, we’ll be gone

Talking ____ freedom ____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
We need freedom ____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
We need freedom____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
I said freedom ____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world

Ev’rybody wants freedom
___ you and me
Freedom ____ the world
We got to have some freedom
____ you and me
Ev’rybody needs it ____ the world
I said freedom ____ you and me
Freedom ____ the world

Ev’rybody said you got you
got to have freedom____ you and me
Freedom ___ the world
We’ve got to have it
Freedom ___ you and me
Freedom ____ the world

Ev’rybody wants it

Students listen to the song doing the test.

Now answer my questions.

Which preposition is used most often? FOR
Which preposition isn’t used at all? BY

Retelling of composed stories.

Let me finish reading the letter.

“Preposition FOR began boasting of having been used so often while preposition BY hadn’t been used a single time. And they started an argument which wasn’t worth a pin.”

I think the witness is right. But to make the matter clear I’d like you to tell stories you were telling at the party.

(ss’ stories)

How many prepositions have you used?

While telling your stories you used different prepositions. And now I’m absolutely sure all of you are very important. I’ll try to do my best to prove my words.

Which of you is used with the word

In time On the train In bad mood/taste For good On fire
On time By train Be bad at For the good of In the fire of
At the time In the train of Be on bad terms In good time At the fire
At times In train Be bad for (your health) Be good at Fire for effect
By the time For the train To exchange the bad for better On Good Friday By the fire
For the time being Train for the contest Be on bad terms By good luck  
Be good at training By bad luck    

Which of you is used with the verb

Go by Stand in Come by Go for a drive Be at
Go on Stand on Come in Drive in Be on
Go in Stand by Come on Drive on Be for
Go in for Stand at ease Come for advice Drive by sth Be in
Go for a drive Stand at attention Be ready for whatever comes Drive at Be by
Have a go at Stand for Comе at smb/smth    
Come at    

As you see all of you are used with the words of different parts of speech: nouns, adjectives, verbs. Taking into consideration each fact mentioned here the Supreme Court of justice arrived at an unanimous conclusion. Stand up. The final verdict is declared.

Consider all prepositions very important.
All prepositions have equal rights.
The case is settled.

III. Рефлексивно-оценочный этап.

Now relax. Shut your eyes. I’m counting up to ten. (The teacher takes off his judge’s gown and a head-gear) Open your eyes.

Our lesson is coming to an end. And I’d like to check the test you were doing during the trial. Read the text of the song with the prepositions. (The teacher corrects mistakes)

And to make our lesson complete you are to answer the questions:

Why are prepositions so important in our life?
What are phrasal verbs?
Can you avoid prepositions in our speech? (ss’ answers)

What can you say about the lesson?
What was the most difficult for you?
Are you satisfied with your answers? (ss’ answers)

The lesson is over. Good-bye!

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