Designers. There Is / There Are.
Level: from elementary to intermediate
Concerns: describing buildings, ambiences.
Students decide on a building to be described with there is/are + (not).
A list of suggested ideas includes:
- the worst/best school ever
- a newly built sport club in the suburbs
- a shabby building of the theatre/cinema
- a modern computerised library
- a ski resort in the desert
- a summer resort on the island
- a thematic cafe (students choose a theme for a cafe)
- a science museum with rare exhibits
- an extremely poor district (favela) for the destitute
- a newly decorated and furnished office,
- any ideas of yours.
Students do not tell each other which building they have chosen. While speaking in pairs or in a group they guess each other’s idea.
Let students ask a plethora of questions to make their choice more precise.
This activity can be done only in a form of “question-answer” to practise more interrogatives. Students either choose a card with one of the ideas or choose it from a list. Then ask as many questions as possible to guess.
“Is there a gym there?”
“No, there is not”
Moreover, you may also modify the activity for using prepositions of place. Ask students to draw a plan of their building with no mentioning the names of the rooms or sections. Students speak in pairs asking “Is there a hall in the middle?” or “What is there in the corner?” , etc.
Another step is design any room or section in the building and describe it in detail: “There are not any comfortable seats in the old theatre.”…