Michael Wear Michael Wear

Teaching Practice 8 - for TP 8b
A1 level


This is a grammar focused lesson on the topic of comparatives. The context is holiday destinations. These destinations will be used to practice the use of comparatives in controlled and semi-controlled practice. The sub aim is speaking, the semi-controlled practice will incorporate this.


Abc PPP of visuals and comparative form table.
Abc Vocab words cut out
Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Destination prompt cards

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of comparatives in the context of holiday destinations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice of the TL (comparatives) in the context of holiday destinations.


Warmer (2-4 minutes) • To set the context of the lesson and elicit some relevant vocabulary.

Use the OHP to show pictures of holiday destinations in Turkey on the board. Ask students if they are good destinations or not and why. E.g. Good or bad? Hot or cold? Use CCQs to elicit some basic relevant adjectives that will be used as comparatives in further stages.

Pre-teach vocabulary (4-6 minutes) • To allow students to identify and understand the vocabulary needed for further stages.

Put the students into pairs. Tell them they will see a list of words on the board and will be given the opposites of the words on pieces of paper. The students must match their words with it's antonym. Correct any mistakes using CCQs and makes sure meaning is understood also using CCQs and examples.

Introducing comparatives. (5-7 minutes) • To allow students to understand the meaning, form and pronunciation of comparatives.

Show a table on the board using the OHP. The table has the rules to change the from of different adjectives to make them comparatives. There is a separate column for adjectives (from the previous activity). Put students in new pairs and give each pair a pen. Select a rule and adjective type for each pair and have them write the comparative for those adjectives in the third column on the board. Correct any mistakes using CCQs. Provide pronunciation practice. Then introduce the use in a sentence using 'than' (Antalya is hotter than Istanbul). Provide several examples. Provide pronunciation practice.

Controlled practice. (6-8 minutes) • To allow students to practice using comparatives in a sentence.

Tell students they will work individually. Explain the gap-fill handout using chesting. Allow the students to complete the handout and monitor for mistakes. Have students pair check their answers. Finally, show a projection of the handout on the board and have the pairs fill in the answers. Correct any mistakes by using CCQs to increase understanding.

Semi controlled practice. (5-7 minutes) • To allow students to practice the TL using opinions.

Put students in pairs and ask them to write a comparative sentence for each slide of two holiday destinations. When finished, ask the students to look at other pairs answers to see if there are any similarities or differences. Ask for some spoken examples of the the sentences. Correct any mistakes using CCQs.

Semi controlled speaking practice. (6-8 minutes) • To allow students to practice the use of the TL through speaking with a partner.

Tell students they will receive a prompt card. On the card there will be a destination. They must talk with their partner and make comparatives with their partners destination. After a minute or so, ask students to switch prompt cards and switch partners. Add extra prompt cards when necessary. This will be done in a mingle activity. Monitor and listen for mistakes. Correct any mistakes when the activity is over using CCQs and pronunciation drilling.

Optional debate activity. (5-7 minutes) • To allow the students to debate using the TL in groups.

Put the students into groups. Tell the students they will be given a holiday destination. Each group must discuss why their destination is better than the other groups using comparatives. Then have the groups take it in turns to say a comparative. Give extra destinations if time allows. Listen for mistakes and correct using CCQs and drilling.

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