Frea Haandrikman Frea Haandrikman

TP3 Frea
Intermediate level


In this lesson students review comparatives, superlatives and modifying adverbs. The lessons starts with a review of the rules for forming comparative and superlative adjectives. Next the students put these rules into practice by comparing sports. This exercise also introduces the students to/reviews modifying adverbs. Finally there is some speaking practice in which student describe different locations in Istanbul.


Main Aims

  • To provide review of comparative, superlative adjectives and modifying adverbs in the context of sports and locations in Istanbul

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of locations and special sites in Istanbul


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Introduce comparative and superlative adjectives, and link today's class to previous classes.

Show Powerpoint slide, and have students name the adjective, comparative and superlative. First slide: coffee-campfire-sun (hot-hotter-hottest). Second slide: Queen-Bill Gates (rich-richer-richest of the world)

Grammar 1 (8-10 minutes) • Review the rules for forming comparative and superlative form, and provide examples.

*Make 4 columns on the board, number them 1-2-3-4. Write cold-colder-coldest in the first column. Elicit students to form high-etc. and quiet-etc. Add er/est on the top of the column. *Form pairs *Show handouts. Explain exercise. Give handouts. *Have pairs work out the exercise and write down their answers. *Have students write the comparative and superlative forms on the board. Explain were needed. *Make a special note at the bottom of the board of the irregular adjectives: bad, good and far.

Grammar 2 (8-10 minutes) • Review or introduce modifying adverbs.

*Form pairs. *Look at the table with the class, and discuss the first sentence (already filled in). *Have students do the exercise in pairs. *Discuss the answers as a class, and write the modifying adverbs combined with the comparative/superlative form. Underline and discuss to make sure the meaning and form of all adverbs is clear.

Grammar 3 (6-8 minutes) • Have students put their knowledge of comparative, superlative and modifying adverbs into practice.

*Students fill in exercise 3 on their own. *Students walk around to find people with similar answers. Monitor to make sure everybody (unless physically not able) moves around. *Briefly discuss answers as a class.

Speaking 1 (8-10 minutes) • Practice conversation in the context of sites and special locations in Istanbul.

*Go through the questions as a class, to make sure everybody understands the vocab. Drill questions that are difficult to pronounce. *Instruct students to discuss the questions, and write their answers down. *When they are finished, have the students talk with other pairs to see if they have the same answers.

Speaking 2 (3-5 minutes) • Practice conversation and discussion in the context of sites and special locations in Istanbul.

Only if there is time left: *As a teacher (and non-native of Istanbul) pick a few questions of the previous exercise, and ask them to the students. If answers differ, have students explain why their answer is better than the others.

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