Christopher Sanders Christopher Sanders

Pre-Intermediate (A2) level


In this lesson, students will be introduced to comparatives and superlatives and given opportunities to practice using them in the context of natural sites. They will also have practice speaking and listening for details.


Abc Active Teach
Abc Staging Powerpoint
Abc Speakout Pre-Int p.88-89
Abc Information gap

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, the students will have been shown comparative and superlative forms and given opportunities to practice them in controlled and semi-controlled exercises.

Subsidiary Aims

  • During this lesson, students will have practice with listening for details via a text about environmental problems.
  • Students will practice speaking about their opinions using comparatives and superlatives.


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

Slide 1. Greet students. Slide 2. Warmer question: Where in Turkey have you traveled? Which place was your favorite? Ss talk in pairs, 1-2 minutes

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Slide 3. Ss match the pictures with the words. Ask CCQs if it seems like Ss are shaky about any of the words. Ask for examples of them in Turkey. Slide 4 (or switch to ActiveTeach, p88) In pairs, Ss discuss ex 2A, 1-2 minutes. (maybe use Annotate or chat box...) Play audio, Ss listen to see if any of their ideas are mentioned. Slide 5 Play again, Ss listen and correct errors in ex 3A. Show answers (slide 6) Slide 7-16 Show pics and elicit target grammar - comparatives with long/high/far/interesting/hot Slide 17 Ss complete the mini-worksheet about comparative rules in their notebooks. Answers on slide 18 Slide 19-30 Show pics and elicit target grammar - superlatives with long/high/far/interesting/hot Slide 31 Ss complete the mini-worksheet for superlative rules in their notebooks. Answers on slide 32.

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Slide 18 Ss supply answers to complete the chart.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Slide 34 Ss complete ex.6a/b and compare answers with a partner. Show answers. Slide 35 Ss complete ex. 9.1a and compare answers with a partner. Show answers.

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Slide 37 Ss complete the information gap, following QR codes to the Google Docs.

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

Slide 38 Ss complete webquest, answer as many as possible in 5 min; after, Ss compare answers longest river in Turkey tallest mountain oldest city biggest lake Istanbul's oldest restaurant largest forest Which is bigger, Cankaya or Antalya? Which is smaller, Sanliurfa or Muratpasa? hottest place? coldest place?

Delayed Error Correction (3-4 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in earlier stages

Slide XX Using Annotate, show 1-3 errors students produced during earlier stages.

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