So which one will you use – here or there? For some, using preposition is quite easy but for others it can be a bit confusing. For children and those still trying to learn the language, prepositions is a tricky subject. As such prepositions of place exercises must be done constantly so the student will be able to understand the concept better and thus learn faster.
But before we go into the nitty-gritty part of prepositions of place exercises, just what exactly are prepositions? Simply put, they are links to nouns, pronouns and even phrases. That's a bit vague so allow me to make it clearer. Prepositions are words that show the relationships between objects in terms of temporal, special or even logical relationships. These words help identify the position of an object (object of preposition) in terms of location in time or in space.
Words like under, above, beside, on and others indicate the relative position of one object to another. As such, these are preposition of place. Starting with this simple concept of relationships, a student is introduced to how objects are related in a sentence. Prepositions of place exercises usually drill students with concepts of where one object is located.
Why is there a need to drill students on this? First of all, everybody knows that practicing makes it easier for people to understand and make use of concepts better. By starting with something more tangible like identifying an object in relation to another, understanding prepositions becomes easier. Second, the more students use the skill the more they become better in communication. Lastly, using concrete examples will help them ease into more intangible and abstract concept like time. Temporal relationships can be more confusing as it necessitates abstract thinking.
When providing prepositions of place exercises to students, it is best to start with objects around them. Moreover, visual cues are important so that the student can quickly grasp the concept. Especially with younger students, object permanence can be a big factor in their understanding on prepositional phrases and words.
Of course the students can continue developing their skills with prepositional words by having drills at home as well. Simple questions like “Is the book on or beside the table?” will definitely reinforce their learning. Prepositions of place exercises need not be like a test, they can be fun games between the teacher and students or with their family.