Modifying comparative forms
To provide Ss with clarification of quantifiers and adverbs - such as 'slightly', 'far', 'much', 'a little'- to modify comparative forms, in the context of 'personal preferences'
To provide Ss with speaking practice - for accuracy - for modifying comparative forms in the context of 'personal preferences'
Procedure (36-47 minutes)
In the previous lesson, you talked about different kinds of pets. In groups of 3/4 you will discuss: Is it better to have a dog or a snake as a pet? Why? 3 minutes. Ask for some ideas to each group. Write a comparative form used by the Ss on the wb to introduce the first activity.
Use the comparative sentence that the Ss used to elicit the use of a quantifier from them. E.g. 'A snake is more dangerous than a dog'. Ask: is it a little or _ ___ more dangerous? A lot - Explain that this is a quantifier, and we use it to modify comparative sentences. The next activity will be about this. Instructions: - I will give you some sentences from the listening you did before. In pairs, try to remember which words they used. Answer key.
- Stick on the board the categories: a small difference, a big difference and the same. Place the strips of paper on a chair. - Take one of the strips. Show it to the Ss and elicit the correct place for it. Ask Ss to stand up and stick the rest. - Ask Ss: Does everyone agree? Is there anything you would change? - Clarify the meaning of 'slightly', 'far' and 'marginally'. CCQs Slightly. 'I am slightly more intelligent than him' -Am I lot more intelligent or a bit more intelligent than him? A bit. Far. 'Watching him is far better than watching television' - Watching him is a bit better or much better than watching TV? Much better. Marginally. 'He is not that intelligent. His results in the test were marginally better than his friends'' - Were his results a lot better or a bit better? A bit better. - If there is anything in the wrong place, make a sentence with it and CCQ to clarify the meaning. - Tell the Ss: Some of these are quantifiers and some are adverbs. Ask a S to go to the board and write an 'A' next to the adverbs (the rest of the class willhelp him/her) - Project the answer key of the first activity and ask different Ss to mark the sentence stress on the wb. Ask Ss: Are adverbs and quatifiers usually stressed in comparative sentences? Yes. - Give the Ss a hard copy of the target language.
Set the activity. Instructions: - I will give you some sentences. In pairs, change the adverbs or quantifiers underlined for another with the same meaning. There can be more than one answer. 3 minutes. - Do the first one with the Ss. ICQs: - Will we write words with the same meaning or different meaning? Same. - Ask the Ss for the answers.
- Divide the class in groups of 3. Set the activity. Instructions: - I will give you a card with two actions, for example, chatting online /vs/ chatting over a coffee. In groups, you will discuss what is better. Use the language we have learnt. - Monitor. Write down in cards good language and language to improve the Ss use (on the TL) - FB: ask groups to look at their cards and share with the class what is written. Is there something incorrect? If so, how could we say it correctly?