Matthew Simpson Matthew Simpson

Across the globe - Comparatives and superlatives
Intermediate level


Students learn about comparatives and superlatives linked to across the world topic. Lesson will include a test for groups based on world knowledge and as a intro, revision of basic grammar forms and dedicated practice sessions, controlled and free. The main aim of the lesson is for the students to learn and use comparative and superlatives and the different ways of comparing. The secondary aim is is speaking and vocab which focuses in the use of the correct adjectives and using them in free speech.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of Comparatives and superlatives in the context of Across the globe, features and sights

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a Conversations and debate in the context of Around the globe


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

Work in groups and complete a quiz about the world around them. This will generate interest and set the context of the lesson. This is a short listening task. I want them to answer the questions and answers will be provided. Mark own answers. 5 Questions. 1) What is the tallest mountain in the world. Everest. 2) What is the longest river in the world. Nile. 3) Is Russia bigger than Canada? YES 4) What country has the longest coastline in Europe? Norway 5) Is Big Ben taller than Statue of Liberty? Big Ben


Provide examples for study on the board. What is the longest river in Turkey? What was the most enjoyable holiday you've ever had? Longest and most enjoyable are superlatives forms. The superlative form is -EST or MOST. The comparable form is -ER or MORE Is Turkey LARGER than Romania? Is Turkey MORE expensive than London to live?

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

I say you say task... Give me the comparatives for TALL, HOT etc Students will provide me the answers for comparatives and superlatives. EXERCISE 1

Controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • Writing using comparatives and superlatives.

Complete missing words in phrases. Get class to swap and check answers in pairs.

Free practice (8-10 minutes) • To allow fluency and accuracy in understanding of the grammar

Compare their home country or home town to another place in the world. For example Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey. Focus on free speech fluency but with the use of comparatives and superlatives.

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