Different Ways of Comparing: Learning New phrases for Comparing and Improving Listening Skills
Intermediate level
Description
Materials
Main Aims

To provide clarification and practice of comparatives in the context of comparison of Shanghai now and 20 years ago.
Subsidiary Aims

To provide specific information listening practice using a text about comparison of Shanghai now and 20 years ago in the context of city li
Procedure (3857 minutes)
 Ask the students to look at the pictures of old Istanbul and Istanbul now on the board. To elicit 'completely different' ask them 'Is Istanbul different now than in the past?' 'How much different is Istanbul now than in the past?' Try to elicit the word 'completely different from'. Ask CCQ such as is it a little different from the past or is it totally different from the past? Has it changed slightly? Has it changed totally?. Do drilling practice and write the phrase on the board. Get them to do back chaining practice: Istanbul is completely different now than it is in the past. Get them to work in pairs and discuss the differences.  Ask the students to look at the pictures of the twins. Ask them to make comparisons. Ask CCQ such as 'Do the babies look completely same?', 'Are there any differences between these twins?'. Get them to say 'very similar to'. Do drilling practice and write it on the board. Ask the students to look at the pictures of windows on the board. To elicit 'exactly the same as' ask the students CCQ like 'Are there any difference between these windows?' 'Are they the same?' 'Are they totally the same?'. Do some drilling practice and write it on the board.
 Hand out some folded small papers with the names of capital cities and ask the students find the student who has the same capital city written on their papers. Get the students with the same capitals work in pairs.  Have the students look at exercise 1 and discuss the answers with their partners. Give them 23 minutes to do so.  Get the weaker students in particular to answer the questions.
 Have the students work in pairs to do exercise 2. Give them about 2 minutes to complete the task.  Ask the pairs about their opinions and compare.
 Tell the students they are going to listen to a conversation between Pam and her daughter about how Shanghai has changed.  Tell them to focus on their answers on exercise 2 and check their answers to exercise 1.  Following listening, ask them 'How many answers they got correct and how many of them they got wrong' and 'Which of them were wrong?'
 Ask the students to look at exercise 3.b.  Tell them they are going to listen to the text again and ask them to grasp whether the speakers are positive or negative about the changes. Tell them to take notes for the reasons.  Following the listening, ask them to discuss their answers with their partners.
 Have the students look at the grammar section in their books.  Ask them to work in pairs and match the adjectives with prepositions.  Ask them to work in pairs for the 2nd exercise. and choose the correct answer. Ask the students reasons why.  Draw the same line in exercise 3 on the board. Ask them to work in pairs to put the phrases on the line. Ask students to come to the board and write the phrases on the best place on the line.
 Write is similar to....but more...../.....completely different/ not as busy as/ different from/ similar to on the board  Hand out the sheets with the names of touristic places to see in Istanbul.  Ask them to choose one of the touristic places in each line and form sentences such as 'I would recommend Heybeli Island. Heybeli Island is similar to Big Island' but it is much quieter.