Manuel Padovan Manuel Padovan

My town is the best!
Elementary level


This lesson will talk about the students home towns, and holiday destinations.


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Main Aims

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

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson students will be able to listen and talk about hometowns and holiday destinations


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

T will give ss one card each, with stronger, faster, and harder written on them. T will tell ss to raise their card when they hear their word. T will play the song, daft punk - harder, faster. Demo - T will demo first by asking those with the card 'stronger' to raise it up. Continue this with one other word. Groupings - W/C activity. Monitoring - T won't monitor carefully, since this activity is used to gain the interests of the ss. Feedback - T will elicit the kind of words that the song has used.

Exposure (3-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T will show a PPT with my hometown using comparative sentences. T will elicit from the ss what they notice about the sentences. CCQs - T will then have 3 towns on a PPT, with information about weather, what to see and do, and prices of local hotels. T will tell ss to think of some comparative sentences with their pairs, using the towns on the board. Demo - T will practice with the W/C first. T will say a sentence (one that will purposefully cause a reaction) and ask ss if they agree or disagree. T will then gesture for ss to say one sentence. Swap roles and perform one more time. Grouping - initially W/C and then into pairs, preferably people from different towns. Monitoring - Accuracy isn't important at this stage, so T will monitor to see if ss are keeping on task and maybe helping were necessary. Feedback - T will ask which is the best town, in order to get the ss talking.

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

T will use examples from the previous activity in order to highlight the form of a comparative sentence, paying particular attention to the adjective form and what usually follows from an adjective. T will show one adjective, such as 'small'. T will highlight the sound, and ask the ss if it's one or two. T will then ask ss what they should add to the adjective. T will then do the same with other more trickier adjectives. Grouping - W/C Feedback - Instant feedback rather than delayed. The emphasis on this stage is to focus on accuracy.

Controlled Practice (8-15 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T will show ss pictures of a couple arguing, and the pictures of cairo and sharm el sheikh. T will ask ss what they think they could be discussing, and what place ss prefer. T will then play the conversation, stopping at relevant parts in order to check comprehension. CCQs - What adjectives did you hear? Is sharm uglier than Cairo? After this T will show two faces on the WB - Patrick and Juliet. T will play the audio again, and ask ss to listen to which person says which sentence. On the floor will be a selection of possible sentences, they must match the sentence with the face. After ss have finished. T will play the audio one last time and ss can see if they were right. Demo - T will demo first by stopping the audio after the first sentence, then ask ss to place the sentence under the correct face. This will be repeated once more, after which T will then play the audio one more time. After finishing ss will work in groups to finish the activity. Groupings - W/C and groups. T will change the ss around to ensure that people can interact with a wider group. Monitoring - T will take a back seat, and only intervene if ss are really struggling and need guidance. Feedback - Ss will listen to the audio again and check to see if they're right. T will also create an answer sheet on the board too.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

T will give each group information about their hometowns or cities. T will then tell ss that they must try and convince, using comparative sentences, the other observer T's. At the end T's will vote on the best town. Ss can write 4 or more sentences. Demo - Groupings - T will split the class into 3 or 2 groups depending on the ss numbers. Monitor - T will move around the groups, helping any struggling ss or groups, and offering some ideas where appropriate. Feedback - T will monitor and listen for any incorrect sentences, this will be done before the judging.

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