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Teaching Practice 4
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will review and practice the use of comparatives, -er and more than. The students will compare three major cities in the context of size, population, and year established.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of comparatives -er than and more than in the context of comparing three major cities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide an understanding and practice of comparatives while learning more about three major cities.


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

1. Share screen for Google slides. 2. Students will tell me where to place items for population, size, and year established for major cities. 3. Ask them questions: - Is New York City bigger than London? - Which city is older, Mexico City or London? - Does Mexico City have more people than New York City?

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

Continue to share screen with students. Elicit answers to the four example words. 1. OLD. pronunciation. syllables: 1. adjective. comparative: older. comparing: older than. 2. BIG. pronunciation: big. syllables: 1. adjective. comparative: bigger 3. FAR: pronunciation: fahr. syllables 1. adjective/adverb. comparative: farther/further. 4. PEOPLE. pronunciation: pee-pl. syllables: 2. noun. comparative: more people than.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

1. The students will work individually to change the bolded word to its proper comparative. (3 minutes) -London is always so crowded. It definitely has (people) New York. -Mexico City is a really old city, but it is not (old) London. -Although New York City is big, Mexico City is (big). -London is (far) New York from Mexico City. -I’m not sure which city is (safe), New York City or London. -Mexico City is (cool) than both New York City and London. 2. Students will compare answers in breakout rooms. (3 minutes) 3. Check answers as a group. Nominate students to tell and spell their answer.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

1. Share link to a google form. 2. Students will individually complete a multiple choice activity: choosing the correct comparative. (3 minutes) 3. In breakout rooms, students will compare answers. (2 minutes) 4. As a group, we will review the correct answer. (3 minutes)

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

1. In breakout rooms, students will tell us about two cities where they have been by comparing them. (4 minutes) 2. As a group, we will discuss. (3 minutes)

DEC (2-3 minutes) • To provide delayed error correction for grammar and vocabulary errors heard throughout the lesson.

1. I will put an errors I heard on the screen. 2. Students will tell me the corrections.

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