Describing countries with there is/ are games

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Using there is and there are to describe and guess different parts of the world

Describing countries with there is/ are games

There is/ are guess the country game

Choose one country and give hints about things in that place until your partner guesses where you are going.

Ask about any places you don’t understand, working together to talk about things in that country each time.

 

Describing countries with there is/ are brainstorming games

Choose one country. Take turns making statements about what is there until someone says something that isn’t usually there or has no more ideas.

Make one statement with There is/ are and take turns trying to think of countries which match that statement.

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Suggested countries to describe

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Mexico
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • The Netherlands/ Holland
  • The Philippines
  • The UK/ The United Kingdom/ Britain/ England
  • The USA/ The US/ The United States/ America
  • Vatican City

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Suggested descriptions

In the country that I’m going to

 

 

Where I’m going

there is

 

there are

no

n’t any

n’t a

a

an

one

two

three

few

not many

some

many

so many

hundreds

… hundred

thousands

… thousand

millions

… million

over a billion

 

bear

beaver

bicycle

big city

big clock

big statue

carnival

castle

circle on the flag

cold day

colour on the flag

cow

cyclone

desert

earthquake

elephant

emperor

English speaker

F1 team

famous actor

famous building

famous car

famous food

famous pop group

famous river

famous rock band

famous … band

famous singer

famous soccer team

festival in March

festival in…

(potato/…) farm

forest/ wood/ tree

hedgehog

holiday in January

holiday in…

hot day

hot spring

island

jungle

kangaroo

king

kiwi

koala

(big) lake

llama/ alpaca

monkey

moon on the flag

(tall) mountain

oil well

old building

old car

old…

(famous) palace

pan pipe

panda

penguin

polar bear

president

pyramid

queen

rainy day

reindeer

(sushi/…) restaurant

rice fields

rickshaw

sheep

(IKEA) shop

…shop

shrine

snowy day

spicy food

sports car

star on the flag

statue of…

stripe on the flag

sun on the flag

sunny day

tall building

tall tower

temple

(famous) tower

traditional costume

(cherry/…) tree

tulip

typhoon

(active) volcano

(famous) waterfall

windmill

World Heritage site

writer

zebra

(-s)

 

 

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