TP 4, Grammar
Upper Intermediate level
To introduce and practice different ways of comparing nouns in the context of exotic pets maintainance.
To provide practice of speaking.
To provide clarification on the comparative structures using modifiers nearly/ far.
Procedure (34-42 minutes)
Students are shown a couple of pictures with exotic animals. They have to answer the following questions: What do all these animals have in common? How expensive are they? How much does it cost to maintain them? After that, to introduce them into the context of the text they are going to read as they probably don't really know about koi fish, its picture is shown and they have to guess the name of this fish (koi). Slides 1,2,3
Students have to read the text in their pairs/small groups (breakout rooms) and answer the question: READ THE TEXT. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE EXPRESSIONS IN RED? OCFB
Students have to match the comparative expression with its meaning (SLIDE 5). Then they are exposed to 2 tips to be able to use the structure correctly (SLIDE 6). After that they decide on the role of FAR and NEARLY (modifiers) (SLIDE 7). Then the sts look at the pronunciation of the 3 expressions from the text and decide which word is stressed and how it affects pronunciation; they do it by drilling (SLIDE 8).
Students do the exercise on Google Forms (Fill in the gaps) /in their small groups/ where they have to use new structures. Some gaps were filled in for them in order to avoid the trouble of facing the structures they are not explained in class. Basically, in the exercise they should tackle just the comparative structures from the class plus comparative degree of adjectives in general.
In their small groups students discuss the following question: Are you a cat person or a dog person? Which pet is better to have? After that they come back to the general room and share their conclusions. ICQ: How much time do you have to discuss?- 4 minutes Delayed Error Correction (DEC).