Robin Kosseff Robin Kosseff

Comparison Phrasing
Upper Intermediate level


This lesson will draw students' attention to the use of more sophisticated ways to make comparisons in English. Using a 750-word news article as a starting point, students will identify specific target language and usage, evaluate nuances in meaning, and produce 50-100 word photo captions that demonstrate their ability to apply the TL.


Abc Logic hand-out: ordering ideas
Abc Short lecture/discussion
Abc Writing activity - online sources
Abc Adjectives worksheet

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of comparative phrases, adjectives in the context of demographic and social data sets

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about demographics in the context of demographic data


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Brainstorm ideas: What kind of information do social scientists gather about human populations?

Descriptive vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • Introduce students to TL

Students match words and phrases to meanings. Compare and check answers.

Reading a text about a demographic study (10-15 minutes) • Provide an opportunity to identify how data is described and compared in a specific context.

Students read article and identify adjectives and comparative language used.

Information/comprehension check (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with opportunity to share ideas about the text content.

Small group discussions.

Listening Activity (5-5 minutes) • To help students identify TL in an audio segment.

Students listen to 3-4 minutes audio, take notes of language/information in the audio.

Testing comprehension (10-15 minutes) • Help students identify how TL is applied

Student use hand-out to think about how comparative ideas are organized, from a linguistic/syntactical perspective.

Language Practice (20-20 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Using the online sources provided, students select one set of data and write a description/caption for it using the TL and syntax learned.

Presentation (5-10 minutes) • To share what they have produced

In groups of 4-5, students present the writing they have just produced and get feedback from their peers.

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