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Grammar Lesson-Comparative Clauses
Intermediate level


This lesson continues with the same context set as the previous lesson, which is describing personality and making comparisons. It is a grammar activity based on the listening from the previous lesson. The final speaking activity will give Ss the opportunity to use the TL from the previous lessons.


Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of comparative clauses in the context of making comparisons.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in pronunciation; stressing the right elements in a sentence in the context of making comparisons between pets and their owners.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation about how Ss are similar and different to a friend or a family member.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

• Show Ss pictures of the animals in order. • Ask "What do you remember about them and their owners?" Get a few answers.

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

• Show Ss Ex 1a. Pairwork. Fill in the blanks using the words in grey boxes. Think about the listening you heard before. (3 mins) • Hand out the answer key. Tell Ss to check the answers • Get FB quickly from Ss.

Task (5-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

• Tell Ss to stand up and mix them. Give them the HOs and tell them to put them into groups under the titles "A big difference", "A small difference", "A very small difference" and "Exactly the same". (4-5 mins) • Give FB using the numbers of the sentences quickly. • Check if Ss understand who's taller and who's shorter in the first sentence, and if they didn't understand, go over the meaning. If they didnt understand, draw the visuals on the white board.

Pronunciation Task (7-8 minutes) • To practice pronunciation and drilling in the TL

• Give Ss the HOs and explain them briefly what the symbols mean. Tell Ss to practice pronouncing with their partner. • w/c drilling

Stressing the Right Elements (5-6 minutes) • To practice pronunciation for contrastive stress

• Ex. 2a.Tell Ss to notice the stress. Listen CD 2, Track n. 15 • Ex. 2b. Tell Ss to read the sentences and w/ their partner, talk and agree on which words stress must fall on to make a contrast. • Give Ss the answer keys to check. • W/C drill.

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for Ss to conduct sentences using TL

• Give Ss the materials and tell Ss to think about a friend or a family member look at the highlighted expressions. Tell Ss to use these words to write 5-6 sentences about the ways they're similar and different to this person. Monitor & Help

Language Practice (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

• Tell Ss to stand up and mix them. Put them into groups of 3 and tell them to talk about their sentences and ask questions to their partners to find out more. Monitor & Take notes for errors • Give FB about the errors they made. Praise them.

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