Stefan Stefan

Elementary A1/A2 level


The students will be learning about comparatives and superlatives in the context of culture, specifically in the context of comparing different countries.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of comparatives and superlatives in the context of cultural and traditional dress.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of culture.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I'll start by pretending to be late and caught up by rain by getting my head wet in the sink and drying it with a towel. I'll talk about how rainy Istanbul is compared to where I lived in the US (SLC), which is very dry. I'll say that I'm thinking about living somewhere else, and I'll have the Ss describe places in Turkey with simple words to test their vocab.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I'll start by showing some pictures of places that I've lived in the US. I'll throw around some basic vocab to check for comprehension. For a task, I'll ask the Ss to think of places that are similar in Turkey. Vocab: Concord: Humid, flat, short, rainy, Salt Lake City: Dry, cold, hot, cheap, tall, small, San Francisco: Expensive, big, diverse, healthy, foggy After, I'll ask the Ss to quickly name a region or two that is like one of the above cities

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I'll start with 1-syllable comparatives, first giving an example, then eliciting their response for the others. I'll slip in a 2-syllable comparative at the end, which will segue into those. I'll give them a few irregulars before going into form and pronunciation.

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Going back to the exposure, the Ss will now compare the locations with each other using comparatives/superlatives. Here is where Ss will likely make their mistakes such as "more drier" or "expensivest".

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students will be divided into 2 groups for 2 countries, Germany and the UAE (drawing of straws). The each group will try and come up with comparatives/superlatives for each countries. They'll have to turn each one into a complete and correct sentence to score the point. After crossing out those that are the same, the team that has the most, wins (but they don't get anything). If they can't figure out what say about these countries, then switch to Eastern and Western Turkey.

Free Practice - Survey (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss will compare regions of Turkey through a survey. Each S will find 2 others and compare regions with others. Once they have they have surveyed 2 Ss, they find a partner and compare their results.

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