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Comparatives and Superlatives


In this lesson, students will practice comparatives and superlatives through various oral and written activities. The lesson will begin with three questions about sports. It will be followed by a simple visual activity of athletes where students will get the chance to make simple comparisons. In the next controlled activity, the students will practice adverbial phrases and have a more accurate understanding of making comparisons. It will end with a semi-controlled speaking activity.


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Main Aims

  • To present and revise how comparatives and superlatives are formed.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To use comparatives and superlatives orally to describe the city where you are studying.


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

T will write three questions about sports and ask Ss to discuss in pairs. T-S task feedback.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T will show pictures of famous athletes, and elicit some adjectives and their comparative and superlative forms. Ss will then look at these examples and try to figure out the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives from a HO to have a basic understanding. Ss will check the answers in pairs.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T will ask the students to list the three most popular sports in Turkey. In pairs, Ss will discuss and come up with answers. T-S feedback. T will divide the WB into two parts and write Popular sports in Turkey and popular sports worldwide and compare them with adverbial phrases. T will pass out a HO, which will be done in pairs. Ss will check their answers in pairs.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T will focus on the adverbial phrases and will let the Ss know that "adverbial phrases modify adjectives and allow more a more precise comparison.

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

If time permits, T will use a cline to show the difference between "slightly", "a bit", "much"and much. If not... T will pass out a more difficult HO about sports. S will fill them out with their own ideas and own adjectives. T-S feedback for difficult questions.

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

T will ask the students some linking questions. And give the students an oral activity and have them practice in pairs. T-S feedback

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