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ESL Pre-intermediate Level (A2)

A2 Grammar | A2 Worksheets

Pre-intermediate English as a Second Language – Below you will find worksheets, grammar points and other activities for the ESL pre-intermediate level (A2).

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Vocabulary – Memory Game – Arctic/Antarctic


One of the best ways to teach young children vocabulary is through the medium of a Memory Game.

Below is a FREE memory game that focuses on vocabulary from the polar regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Please note that the vocabulary is only written on one set of cards to allow the testing of the child’s knowledge once the words have been learnt.

Begin by using the Arctic/Antarctic themed cards without words as Flashcards, pointing to each student while pronouncing the word and encouraging him or her to repeat the word after you.

Next play a warm up game whereby you pick random Arctic/Antarctic flashcards and encourage the students to say the right name for the picture as quickly as they can. Show the corresponding card with the word written on it to confirm that the student has answered correctly.

Finally, once you feel that the class know the vocabulary reasonably well, you can get the students to play the Arctic/Antarctic Memory Game.

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Memory Game - Arctic and Antarctic

ESL Worksheets For Children – Sea Life


These ESL worksheets for children with a sea life theme are suitable for pre-intermediate level students.

As well as introducing different sea life related vocabulary, this worksheet also instructs the student to classify the animals as either mammals, fish or other.

The sea life worksheet also includes a short reading comprehension and a writing activity.

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ESL Worksheet For Kids – Dinosaurs


This dinosaur activity is an ESL worksheet for kids that is suitable for pre-intermediate level students.

As well as introducing different dinosaur-related vocabulary, this worksheet also tests the student’s knowledge of various dinosaur facts.

The dinosaur worksheet also includes both a writing activity and a short reading comprehension.

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Prepositions of time – in on at


This article looks at the prepositions of time in, on and at and is suitable for students learning English at a pre-intermediate level (A2).

Below is an explanation of the prepositions of time at in on, together with some different examples. There then follows some resources and links, including prepositions of time worksheets.

- in

The preposition in is used for non-specific times, such as months, seasons, years, and centuries, as well as most parts of the day.

For example:

- I am visiting Paris in April this year.

- In summer we often go to the coast.

- In 1939, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany.

- Christopher Columbus discovered America in the 15th Century.

- He hates getting up in the morning.

- on

The preposition on is used for a specific day or date.

For example:

- My daughter was born on 15th October, 2006.

- Her birthday is on Friday.

- We usually eat goose on Christmas day.

- at

The preposition at is used for specific times and specific periods of time.

For example:

- I normally start work at 8.00 a.m.

- Make sure you are there at 9 o’clock sharp.

- She doesn’t like to go out at night.

- You need to put the clocks back at Midnight.

- I am going to visit my gran at the weekend.

- We like to sing carols at Christmas.

When not to use in, on and at

There are certain situations when the prepositions of time are no longer needed in a sentence, and this usually happens before the following words:

each, every, last, next, this

For example, when using ‘this’ in the following sentence to specify a particular month, we would write:

- I am visiting Paris this April.

and not:

I am visiting Paris in this April.

Likewise, when using ‘every’ in the following sentence to indicate that something is a regular occurrence, we would write:

- He hates getting up every morning.

and not:

- He hates getting up in every morning.

Here are some more examples of when not to use a preposition of time:

- He visited the Colosseum last weekend.

- I am going back to school next week.

Students should also take note that prepositions of time are also not used before “the day before yesterday“, “yesterday“, “today“, ‘tomorrow‘ or ‘the day after tomorrow‘.

For example:

- I was made redundant the day before yesterday.

- My auntie is visiting us tomorrow.


If you would like to practice what you have learnt in this lesson and indeed other lessons that cover Prepositions of Time, then why don’t you check out our different ESL preposition worksheets.

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Here are some more resources for Prepositions of Time – at on in :

- A List of Prepositions of Time – A pdf listing 150 prepositions, by Josef Essberger.
- Prepositions of Time Exercises – Perfect English Grammar’s Time Prepositions.
- Prepositions of Time Activities – Fun activities for prepositions of time.
- Prepositions of Time Quiz – A fun quiz for in, on and at prepositions of time.