Robert Robert

Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will learn about comparatives. Ss will start with a reading task where they have to fill in the gaps. There will then be a stage where the grammar is clarified. The Ss will the put the TL into practice with semi controlled writing, followed by some listening and pronunciation. Finally Ss will practice TL in a speaking exercise.


Abc Student book recording
Abc Grammar focus HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of comparatives in the context of health and happiness.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about health and happiness.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of health and happiness.


Lead in comparing height. (3-5 minutes) • To expose Ss to comparatives and label Ss for regrouping later.

Get Ss to stand in a line in order of height. Divide the class into two groups 'shorter' and 'taller'

Reading for gist and gap fill (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for comparatives.

Ask Ss to read the grammar rules above the text. Get Ss to fill in gaps. Get Ss to check in pairs. Provide Ss with answer key.

Clarification of comparatives grammar. (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the of comparatives.

Write the sentence 'They also live longer and better lives and are fitter.' on WB. Ask Ss where the comparatives are. Elicit the rules that determine their form. write examples of other adjectives and there form analysed on language analysis sheet. Elicit answers. write the sentence, 'People said their lives were more enjoyable as they became older.' highlight more enjoyable and elicit the rules to the form.

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

Write lists of adjectives on the WB. Ask Ss to write sentences using the words on WB using the comparative. Give example, Omar is stronger than me. Get the student to write 5 or 6 sentences.

listening and pronunciation (7-8 minutes) • To prepare students for more meaningful practice buy listening and drilling pronunciation focusing on /ə/ sound.

Play track 2.01. repeat track pausing to get Ss to pronounce each word chorally and individually, drill when required. Get Ss in pairs. tell them to read the lines to the song 'fitter happier' to each other. One S reads the first line the next the second and so on.

Spoken Free Practice (9-13 minutes) • To provide students with freer spoken practice of comparatives (encouraging fluency).

Explain to Ss that the song was about Britain in the 90s. Ask 'shorter' Ss to sit with 'taller' and discuss the following questions Ask do you think he liked the 1990s? Would you say the same thing about your country in the 90s? Could the song be about Turkey now? Why/why not. Monitor and FB WG with delayed error correction.

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