I've been up since 9:30am this morning attempting to rack my brains about what and how I should teach a class of pre-intermediate's prepositions of place. I am at my wits end. I really don't know what to do. I feel even more upset about this than I do nervous about actually teaching and it's driving me up the wall.
We have to follow a format:
Introduce Target Language
- Focus on Target Language e.g. meaning, form & pronunciation
The ideas I had were as follows:
In order to start off, I would split students into groups to discuss places in the city e.g. bank, pub, library...etc, for about a minute.
I would then call them back and explain the rules of the game, stating that I would describe a location without actually using the word and students would need to buzz in in their groups to answer the question. Team with the most points wins.
I was then thinking of diving into an inductive presentation whereby I would elicit from the students a story about a man who doesn't know how to get to a particular location e.g. a bank. My target language would be "where is the [location]?" and then I would launch into a worksheet.
Worksheet would contain a map of places - some from the warmup - and a list of prepositions. And then statements underneath - a gap fill exercise.
Now I know gap fills test form but I'm really struggling because obviously, I haven't used my target language really, which are the prepositions until this exercise.
I really don't know what to do. I don't know how I would test meaning in conjunction with form. Is the warmup exercise useless?
I really need some ideas. I teach on Tuesday and I'm really desperate as I don't want to fail.