Teaching Prepositions: Literal Meaning and Figurative Meaning

Prepositions: one of the hardest grammatical concepts for ELs.  One of the things we practice is telling the difference between literal and figurative use of prepositions.  After discussing prepositions as relationship/location words (see here), we discuss other phrases that use prepositions to talk about the locations/times of other things. The students then illustrate an example of both uses of a preposition. Here are some of the results:

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About Katiehttps://thoughtsong.wordpress.comI like to dabble in writing out thoughts on scripture and life events.  Music, to me, is a dear friend, the structure that organizes my thoughts, and the feelings of my heart. Most of my time, however, is spent Teaching and Homemaking (especially trying to create hygge and live as a gluten-free baker). Take all these things away and I still have my true identity: I'm a sinner saved by grace and who dearly loves the Savior who first loved her. And that's really all that matters.

One thought on “Teaching Prepositions: Literal Meaning and Figurative Meaning

  1. Wow, two posts to your blog in one day! My Blogger Dashboard can barely handle all the updates.

    To my knowledge, I probably haven’t thought about literal vs. figurative use of prepositions since either 8th grade or Intro to Elementary Greek. But I imagine it is a very important concept for teaching the language to folks for the first time.

    Nice charts too!

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