I’ve offered a couple of ideas in the past for prepositions of place. See Quirky Questions and Scenic Portraits. Since I’m now covering this topic with my beginner student Natasha, I began to think of additional ways to put these structures into her communication with me. Admittedly influenced by the American TV channel HGTV (Home and Garden TV), I’ve decided to use an activity called Design Team Challenge. See my Design Team Challenge_handout.
If you’re working one-on-one, as I am, you can design the interior of a room with your student, letting your student take the lead in deciding where to place the majority of objects. If you’re in the classroom, you can increase the fun factor by having pairs present their ideas to the class. After the presentations, tape the papers to a wall and ask the class to vote on the best design (without voting for one’s own).