To provide sts with an overview and practice of comparative adjectives in the context of discussing cities.
To provide practice for speaking with accuracy.
Procedure (46-59 minutes)
1. Show a map of turkey https://www.google.com/maps/place/Turkeyfirstname.lastname@example.org,36.7789685,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x14b0155c964f2671:0x40d9dbd42a625f2a 2. Ask sts to work in groups and discuss each city and come up with a set of adjectives to describe each one 3. Then elicit the adjectives and put them up on the WB. Add a few as necessary.
1. Give sts a short, T/F questionnaire and have them work in pairs. 2. Check answers with neighboring pair. 3. Discuss answers quickly.
1. Use a series of CCQs to illustrate the meaning of comparison. 2. Ask sts to underline the comparatives in the sentences of the T/F quiz. Are they the same or different? 3. Put them on the WB in groups according to the pattern as preparation for grammar explanation.
1. Point to specific adjectives that can act as the models for the grammar: small, big, dirty, expensive 2. Ask CCQs to get sts to form comparisons between the two cities of Istanbul and Izmir (see language analysis). 3. Write on WB, “Istanbul is _____ than Izmir.” “Izmir is _______ than Istanbul.” 4. Erase the other adjectives and write these four on the WB to the side, then draw a blank to fill in the comparative form. Try eliciting the form from the sts. Write the formula for each form next on the appropriate line. (See language analysis for WB.) 5. Then finish off by reviewing/demonstrating the irregulars good, bad and far. 6. Review pronunciation and drill a few sentences.
1. Give HO of sentences with adjectives sts can use to fill in the blank. These are comparisons of different cities outside of Turkey. The sts have to write the correct form of each comparative. 2. The sts then peer-check. 3. When finished, the T gives them the answer key to check on their own.
1. Give sts HO with sentences just containing two city names 2. Tell them they have to create their own sentences. 3. Do peer check for accuracy.
This exercise is optional depending on time constraints. 1. Draw three circles on the WB of three different sizes. 2. Ask the sts for the basic comparative sentence. 3. Then try to elicit though hand gestures “a little” and “a lot”. 4. Put these words on the cline and add “a bit” “slightly” and “much.” 5. Erase the pictures and draw three triangles. Get sts to create sentences with the modifiers. 6. Drill pronunciation. 7. Have sts add modifiers to their HO sentences. 8. Peer-check and review orally.
1. Hand out slips of paper with the names of two cities on them. Tell them I can only travel to one city and they need to tell me which one is better. 2. Have pairs work together to discuss and compare two different cities. 3. They can then compare their choice with the choice of the pair next to them and come up with one city. 4. Class ends with open discussion of the recommendations.