Anna Bavido Anna Bavido

CELTA Teaching Practice 6
Pre-Intermediate Adults level


This lesson uses a listening text about characteristics of family members to teach students the grammar of superlatives. It particularly focuses on the form aspects of spelling and use of definite/indefinite articles with gap-fill exercises.


Abc R6.2
Abc Listening Tasks HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of superlatives in the context of describing family members.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about describing family members in the context of a family event.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Get students thinking about superlatives

Put students in two teams. Give them different ways to line up that all relate to family (most brothers, most cousins, oldest living family member) and teams race each other to line up.

Exposure: Listening for Gist (3-4 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a listening text

Students predict Jake's relationship with people in the picture from page 46. Listen for gist. Check answers with WC.

Exposure: Listening for specific information (3-4 minutes) • To complete model sentences of TL

Model the gap-fill. Listen to text again. Check answers. Listen again as needed

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Model finding happiest from happy. Students find superlative of the 6 other adjectives in exercise 5a.

Clarification (8-9 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Elicit form onto the board (see whiteboard plan) with these questions. What do they say for who has the most money? "The richest" add a definite article at the front and -est at the back. Big? Biggest. Small vowels get a double consonant and then -est. Happy? Happiest. Drop the Y and add -iest. Boring? Most boring. Because it's two syllables and not ending in Y. Popular? Most popular. Because it's two or more syllables. Bad? Worst. These are irregular adjs just like there are irregular verbs. Good? Best.

Controlled Practice (3-4 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Which word is missing in this sentence? She's _________ happiest person Dom knows. "He's Jake's best friend." "She's our richest relative." Why don't we use "the" before the superlatives? Because it's possessive.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

When do we add -er and when do we add -est? (number of things being compared.) Model writing first the comparative and then the superlative.

Feedback for Semi-Controlled Practice (3-4 minutes) • Feedback

Check answers in pairs. Check answers with WC. Error correction as needed.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with further practice of the target language

Model filling in the superlative based off of the adjective. Students complete exercise 8 in pairs.

Gap-Fill Feedback (3-4 minutes) • Feedback

Check answers with whole class. CCQ. "Why is it +est? Why don't we use 'the'?" Error correct as needed.

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