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Living with teenagers lesson TP4a (Marieke Steuben)
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice using adjectives to describe people and are exposed to the comparative forms of adjectives. To set context, students discuss adjectives that describe themselves and family members. Next, prediction activities lead to a short reading. Students then work on matching comparative adjectives with the people in the text, and then answer questions about the text.


Abc F2F pre-Int Unit 6A p 44

Main Aims

  • To give students practice reading to skim and reading for detail in the context of an article about living with teenagers.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To expose students to comparative adjectives to describe people.
  • To give students practice using adjectives to describe people.


Lead in (5-7 minutes) • Introduce the topic of describing people with adjectives and generate personal interest

1. Show slide - adjectives. Write the adjectives you know. (Ex. 1) (2 minutes) 2. FB - which ones do you know? Circle as they say them. Define any that are unknown. 3. Pick 5 adjectives that describe you. Write a list. (Ex. 2) Don't show your list to anyone.

Vocabulary (10-12 minutes) • Check meaning and pronunciation of new words

1. Use CCQs to check understanding of meaning of the adjectives. Give definition sheet if they want it. 2. DRILL pronunciation and stress (mark on WB) stubborn honest moody mature lazy ambitious patient considerate 3. Take the list of adjectives describing themselves. Find a partner - don't show the list. Make your partner guess which words describe you. "Are you organised?" Then guess their words.

Prediction (5-7 minutes) • Set context and make predictions about reading

1. Who is the most difficult to live with? A child, teenager, adult, or elderly person? (Ex. 3) In your experience? Speak in pairs. Report to the WC. 2. Show slide - headline and photo. Who is the enemy? What do you think? 3. Show HO - fold in half. Read just this top bit. Decide who the enemy refers to. Hand around the article and have them fold it so they can't see the rest of the article.

Reading (10-12 minutes) • Reading for skimming and reading for detail

1. Show slide - picture of the two boys. Now read the article quickly. Who is easier to live with, Tom or Harry? (2 minutes) 2. WC - Which one is Tom and which one is Harry? How do you know? Who is easier to live with? Write the name above the picture. 3. Read the article again and match the boy with the adjectives that describe him. Show HO. Work in pairs. 4. Next slide - Tom and Harry. As they read, hand out slips with TACK. They put them on the board next to the right boy. 5. Check - does everyone agree? "More intelligent" is a trick question - because they are equally intelligent.

Read for comprehension (5-7 minutes) • Read again for more comprehension and answer questions

1. Work in pairs. Read the article again and answer questions in 4c. True or false? If one is false, fix it to make it correct. Check your answers with another group. 2. FB - check answers with WC. 1.F The two sons are quite different. 2.F Harry does better than Tom at school. 3.T 4.T 5.T 6.F She is worried about both of them.

If time (6-10 minutes) • An extra activity if there is time to fill

1. By yourself, take a piece of paper and write a short story about a friend or an enemy you have. Use lots of adjectives. (Show slide 1 again) Describe this person and why they are your friend or your enemy. 2. If there is still time, they could share this in pairs or give feedback to the WC.

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