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Elementary level


In this lesson, students will be exposed to superlatives in the context of writing a postcard through controlled and semi-controlled activities . Students practice integrated skills including scanning for specific information and end with producing a postcard themselves.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of superlatives in the context of travel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a postcard text in the context of a vacation in Izmir.


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

1. Post picture of 3 suitcases 2. elicit ideas from sts. What are these? What can you tell me about this picture? 3. Ask a comparative question, elicit superlatives they may know.

READING (6 minutes) • Reading for target language superlatives, model sentenances.

TEXT: Post Card Instructions: Read for gist 1st time. Who is it to, from and where did it arrive? Then in pairs Read the postcard 2nd time and circle any superlatives in the postcard. Peer check and correct. This is model for postcard writing for semi-controlled productive skill exercise.

Highlighting (5 minutes) • HO to check understanding

YES/NO Target language HO-Surprising facts about Istanbul. Sts scan 8 sentences and fill in gap with YES for sentences with superlative and NO for other sentences that are fun facts to know, possibly adding to sts background knowledge. Peer correct.

GRAMMAR (20 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Superlatives WB Model Sentences Meaning: We use superlatives to compare one item (like the tallest suitcase) with two or more others. That someone or something is at an extreme (The Ferrari is expensive but the Lamgourgini is the most expensive car on the planet). Form: Generally an ending 'st', 'est' are added to the regular adjectives ending in a vowel or double consonsant. Irregular and Special use are highlighted. * model on board superlatives with high frequency words like, small, big, tall,large- add endings and room THE to be added to superlative form of adjective. List some regular, irregular and one or two special cases: good-best and bad-worst

Writing for fluency (10 minutes) • produce target language in a postcard

Sts are instructed to use the back of the postcard, also can be referred to as model. If they want to use another sheet of paper the can. Instructions to pretend they are somewhere they like to be, at home, with family, on vacation, on a beach, at a concert, in a restaurant, at university and compose a text to their best friend.

Free practice (5 minutes) • to have students practice speaking freely

Hand out list of 8 test questions about your worldly social knowledge - from Cutting Edge book to stimulate conversation and personal likes and dislikes.

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