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Elementary level


In this lesson, students practice comparing two things or people using comparative adjectives in the context of comparisons between famous rivals.


Abc Youtube video
Abc Google images
Abc PowerPoint slides
Abc Guided discovery task

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of comparative adjectives in the context of famous rivals

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of famous rivals


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

Ask the Ss if they watch football. Show the Ss a video that compares Messi with Ronaldo and ask the Ss which player is better and why. Listen to some opinions.

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through videos and teacher's talk.

The video used in the lead-in is also exposure as it contains some of the TL. Show the Ss another video that compares the two Egyptian famous singers Amr Diab and Tamer Hosny and ask them which one is a better singer. Provide exposure by discussing the students' opinions with them and commenting on the video.

Present (clarification) (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

* Show a picture of Ronaldo scoring a gool with his head and tell the Ss that he scores more goals with his head than Messi... why? * Sow the sentence "Ronaldo is taller than Messi." * Ask the Ss to match the height to the correct person (Ronaldo is 1.87m and Messi is 1.7m). * Elicit the answer of the other sentence "Messi is .........(shorter) than Ronaldo.) * Hide the sentences and drill pronunciation (focus on the weak form of than and the stress of the sentence) * Show a picture of Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt and elicit the form of as + adjective + as to express a similarity between two people. * Move to the next slide and elicit the rule from the Ss. * Give the Ss a HO that contains some sentences and some questions to answer related to the rules and let them work in pairs (guided discovery). * Give feedback on the board and clarify with more examples the difference between mono-syllabic words and multi-syllabic words. * Give examples on adjectives that has the last letter repeated before adding -er (CVC) e.g. big - bigger * thin - thinner * fat - fatter * Clarify that the adjectives good and bad change to better and worse.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To check the students' understanding of the TL and prepare them for the freer practice

Start the "who wants to be a millionaire" game. The game has multiple choice questions about comparatives. * Divide the Ss into two teams. * Give instructions: You have to knock to answer the question. When you knock you have to answer quickly don't think after knocking. * Demonstrate the first question with the Ss.

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

* Show pictures of two teams of famous rivals and let the Ss choose a team. * Ask the Ss to prepare for a debate to defend their team and they can use the questions written in the slide. * Provide a model and demonstration first. * Give the students time to prepare. * the students sit or stand in two opposing lines and they have to try to convince members from the other team to join them.

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