Philip Evan Cowlishaw Philip Evan Cowlishaw

Comparatives and Superlatives for Homes
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn how to speak about the places they have lived and compare them to that of their friends or neighbors. They learn how to shop for a new home and compare the ones they have seen while doing so. They also learn how to use superlatives in the correct manner when stating that something is the best within its category.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of comparatives and superlatives in the context of when speaking about homes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of adverbs which are used with comparatives


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will tell an anecdote about my wife's and my new apartment. I will use comparatives and superlatives to describe the differences between the old and the new. I will use the whiteboard to illustrate these points, as well.

Worksheet Table (6-8 minutes) • To provide a table where the students can work out the rules themselves

They will work in groups as they fill in the empty boxes of the table I have created. By doing so, they will figure out the rules for the comparatives and superlatives.

Practice in Context (6-8 minutes) • To use the new language they've just learned within context

They will look at three different postings for new places to live. They will decide which of the statements apply to each of the three posts.

Answering questions about Form (9-10 minutes) • As a post-task, using questions to further their understanding

Now, they will return to the 10 statements they have just worked on in order to answer questions about form.

CCQs (8-10 minutes) • To solidify understanding of the target language within context

At this stage, students will look at various photographs of homes and use the comparatives and superlatives to answer the CCQs. Finally, if time allows, they will be asked to write their own sentences comparing different places they have lived in before.

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