Narelle Brownlie Narelle Brownlie

Pre Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn and practise comparatives and superlatives in the context of appearance and personality. The topic is introduced via character drawings and a few follow up questions act as a prediction exercise. Character descriptions are provided and class members match those to the pictures. Students then complete grammar tasks covering adjectives related to the topic. Next, class members play a quiz game which requires them to ask and answer questions using the target language. Lastly, they will present their own character analysis in the form of an interview.


Abc Worksheet - Character Descriptions (self-made)
Abc W/S - Comparatives & Superlatives - Personality (self-made)
Abc W/S - Comparatives & Superlatives - Appearance (self-made)
Abc Character Drawings (self-made)
Abc Character Drawings (self-made)
Abc W/S - Comparatives & Superlatives - Appearance (self-made)
Abc W/S - Comparatives & Superlatives - Personality (self-made)
Abc Worksheet - Character Descriptions (self-made)

Main Aims

  • To learn and use comparatives and superlatives in the context of appearance and personality

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise speaking using the target language


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To introduce the context and engage the students

T. presents drawings of five different characters and asks students to describe them. Qs - What does he/she look like? (Appearance) - What is he/she like? (Personality) **Prediction exercise

Useful Language (2-3 minutes) • to aid students' ability to recognize key vocabulary for follow up tasks

T. hands out W/S Character Descriptions. Asks students to work in groups for a few minutes and determine which description matches which character drawing.

Grammar Focus 1 (5-8 minutes) • to learn and practise the comparative and superlative forms of appearance adjectives

T. provides students with WS- Appearance Adjectives. Students work in pairs and complete a chart - comparative/superlative/ and adjective opposite forms. *****provides time frame WC Check

Grammar Focus 2 (5-8 minutes) • to learn and practise the comparative and superlative forms of personality adjectives

T. hands out WS - Personality Definitions. Students in pairs complete WC Check Next, T provides WS - Personality Opposites. Ss complete in pairs WC Check ****Time frame **Stress/Pronunciation - 'generous' , 'talkative' , 'extrovert'

Production Task / Speaking (12-13 minutes) • to practise speaking skills in the context of a quiz

T. divides class into 2 teams. Each team member refers to the WS- Character Descriptions. Team A - 1 , 2 , 3 Team B - 1 , 2 , 3 *********Adjust team numbers as necessary Each team member takes turns asking questions. 1 to 1, 2 to 2 etc. Corresponding team member responds with full sentences. Must use a mix of comparatives & superlatives from the different categories T. writes the categories on the WB - AGE, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, APPEARANCE, PERSONALITY, POSSESSIONS First student gets to choose the first category, Second student a different category etc. T. models some questions ie. Who is the tallest? (Answer - Fred is the tallest. He is 185cm.) Is Karen older than Tom? (Answer - No. She is younger.) Who is the laziest? ******BONUS QUESTION - Who lives the furthest from the city centre? (Address section)

Speaking - Interview / Discussion Activity (6-8 minutes) • to encourage discussion for speaking fluency; personalization

Ss work in pairs - take turns Interviewer and Interviewee "Tell me about yourself ..." T. models the situation ie. I am the youngest in my family and my brothers are more serious than me. Depending on time and student numbers, this task may limit the personal description to one or two sentences.

Feedback (1-2 minutes) • to provide feedback based on production activities

T can highlight a point ie. grammar / pronunciation and provide WC Feedback

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