English for Speakers of Other Languages

16. Describe Locations of People, Places & Things

Level: Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms

Elaborated sentences using has/have/had or is/are/were with nouns and adjectives.

Elaborated sentences with subject/verb/object.

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Describe a setting, location or environment
  • Explain a map
  • Ask for and follow directions
  • Describe how things are arranged or laid out

Sample Language Patterns:

Describe a setting, location or environment (present or past tense):
  • I live ___ (prepositional phrase). It is (prepositional phrase).
  • It is near/next to/close toÖ
  • Where do you find ___?
  • What do you see ___ (prepositional phrase)?
  • Where is it?
  • What else do you see?
  • There isnít/arenít ___.In the ___ there is/are ___.
  • What is the setting of the story ___?
  • The setting is ___. (in a castle, on a boat, in the forest, in a city, etc)
Explain a map:
  • ___ is located ___ (direction) of ___ and ___ (direction) of ___ on our map.
  • There is/there are (a) ___ to the ___ (direction) of the ___(noun).
  • The ___ (noun) is to the ___ (direction) of the ___ (noun).
Ask for and follow directions:
  • Can you tell me where ___ is/are?
  • Sure, itís ___.
  • Sure, they are ___.
  • Could you tell me where ___ is/are?
  • Sure, itís ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • Sure, they are ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • Where do you find ___?
  • What do you see ___ (prepositional phrase)?
  • Where is it?
  • What else do you see?
  • In the ___ there is/are ___.
  • There isnít/arenít ___.
Describe how things are arranged or laid out:
  • I (any subject pronoun) put the ___ + (prepositional phrase).
  • I/he/she placed it/them___(article + noun) ___(prepositional phrase).
  • It is located ______ (preposition), _______(prepositional phrase).