kinds of questions should I ask during my presentation on prepositions?
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Your question is so brief I am not sure I
understand it. However, here is a possible answer to what I think you are
Prepositions express relationships between
nouns, in many cases physical relationships, time relationships, cause and
effect relationships, etc. For example:
These prepositions express VERTICAL space
relationships -- above, up, over, on, at (within, into, in inside, by,
beside, between), down under, below, beneath.
These prepositions deal with HORIZONTAL
space relationships -- near, before, at across, after/in front of, behind,
These prepositions deal with
circles-in-space relationships -- around, among.
These prepositions deal with direction in
space -- to, from, for, through,
against, near, towards, off.
These are prepositions expressing TIME
relationships -- until, within, in, during, since, upon.
So prepositions can be classified by the
types of relationships they express. As you do a presentation on
prepositions, LOTS of VISUAL representations (using pictures from
newspapers, magazines, etc.) would help the second language learner get the
idea of the physical relationship or any other type of relationship that can
be visualized through the pictures and expressed with prepositions.
Indeed, native speakers learn prepositions
exactly the same way: through visual experiences. It is almost impossible
to explain, through words, the difference among the prepositions: under,
beneath, and underneath. Only visual experiences help native speakers of
English understand what the physical differences among these prepositions
are. (A very interesting question, then, is "Do blind-since-birth speakers
of English, for example, have difficulty learning prepositions?)
So, during your presentation, with LOTS of
VISUALS, you could ask many questions about the pictures you show and the
types of relationships, expressed by propositions, that the pictures
depict: "Is the chair UNDER the table or ABOVE the table?" "Is the glass on
the table or by the table?" "Is the present you bought FOR John or do you
plan to give the present TO Mary?"
I hope my answer responds to the questions
you were thinking about and trying to ask.
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