The purpose of the lesson: Describe your bedroom
Size of the class: 40 students
Age: 14 years old/grade 8
Length of the lesson: 40 minutes
This is an easy lesson; a very similar lesson using preposition of position I did with my students last year when they were on grade 7. This year, instead of using "in", "on", "under", "above", and "next to" they have to use "on the right", "on the left", "on the other side", and "beneath". Except the above words, all other vocabulary used in this lesson should be known already.
For this lesson I am going to use a picture downloaded from the internet. Having the picture projected on the board, students come to the board and tag the known items.
Once the items are all tagged, the teacher provides the example. Listening and watching the teacher gestures should unlock the vocabulary written at the bottom of the board.
In the right corner of the room there is a table and a chair. There is a computer (monitor) on the table. Next to the table there is a pink wardrobe. Beneath the table is a white box. There is a big pink bed and the bookshelf is opposite to the bed. Next to the bed is a small table. On the other side of the bed there is a big lamp. There are six hearts drawn above the bed. In the middle of the room there is a ball.
When the teacher presents the description verbally, the words that are at the bottom of the board should be emphasized for the students to get the meaning. Personally, I write the description on the board and I ask students to read it aloud (for pronunciation purpose).
If there is still confusion among the students, a graphic as the one presented below should make things clearer.
To make things even clearer I am going to describe my own bedroom and make a simple drawing on the board.
In the left side corner there is a TV and the fan is on the wall above the TV. In front of the TV there is a bed. Next to the bed there is a lamp and on the other side there is a window. The ball is beneath the table.
The students draw their own bedrooms and write the description. Having the bedroom drawn makes correction easier for the teacher (seeing the drawing, the teacher knows what should be written in the description).
Different speaking activities can be done once the description is completed. I suggest to have students reading their description to each other.