Maha Maha

Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn about forming comparisons using comparatives and superlatives. Students will practice using the structure forms in the context of 'around the world'. Students will practice speaking using the comparatives and superlatives.


Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Listening quiz handout

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of superlatives and comparatives in the context of around the world

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide oral fluency in the context of around the world


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and generate interest in the topic of the lesson

Hang pictures of different countries on the walls of the class. Hand ss the name tags of the countries and have them move around the class to match the name tags with the pictures on the wall. Check with ss names of the countries. Ask and elicit answers about famous cities and landmarks in each country. Drill pronunciation of countries' names.

Exposure (Gist task) (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a listening text

Ask ss to listen and answer questions in the listening quiz handout. Ask ss to check their answers in pairs. Provide whole class content feedback.

Highlighting (3-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Provide ss with the audio script and ask ss to work individually to underline and reflect on all the comparative and superlative forms used in the listening quiz on p. 26. Ask ss to check the forms they underlined in pairs. Provide w/c feedback to check that ss underlined all the forms.

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

Ask CCQs on the meaning of examples of the comparative and superlative forms underlined in the previous exercise. Elicit answers from ss and ask them to complete the comparative and superlative structures sheet. Ask ss to pair check. Provide linguistic feedback of the content on the board.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ask ss to complete a gap-fill handout on the use of comparative and superlatives. Make ss work in pairs to check their answers and then w/c feedback.

Free Practice (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the TL in the context of 'around the world'

Give ss fact sheets about the countries hung on the class walls and ask them to compare the two countries in terms of; size, population, cities and climate. Group ss in threes and ask them to now compare the three countries using superlatives. Monitor and take notes if necessary. Provide w/c feedback.

Flexi-stage (3-5 minutes) • To practise oral fluency of the comparative and superlative structures

Ask ss to further compare 4 or 5 countries and write 4 sentences using superlatives in small groups. Check answers and drill mispronounced structures.

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