Teaching Comparative Adjectives: An ESL Lesson Plan Make a Copy

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ESL beginner lesson plan intermediate-level asjectives 4 grade 5 grade 6 grade English English


When to use this lesson on comparative adjectives

This lesson is the first of three on the topic. It is designed so that teachers can introduce a new concepts to students engagingly and educationally. You can teach this lesson to beginner, elementary English speakers or use it as a review for more intermediate-level speakers. This lesson can also be used during individual and group lessons. Keep in mind that age does not necessarily correlate with a learner’s level of proficiency in English.

Before this lesson, students should have prerequisite knowledge of the present simple tense, present continuous tense and the ability to count syllables.

What will students learn about comparative adjectives?

In this lesson, students will study and apply the rules relevant to comparative adjectives. The objective of this lesson is to use the comparative forms on an adjective including spelling changes and the irregular forms: better, worse, further. 

First, you should ask your student to describe the images using adjectives that they already know. Then they will learn to describe different images using comparative adjectives like old and older. This is a great way to warm up for class and gauge a student’s current knowledge of adjectives. 

Then you will introduce students to different groups of adjectives. They will have many opportunities to fill in the blanks and match words with images throughout the lesson. 

Additionally, students learn the rules to form comparative adjectives. For example, most one-syllable adjectives form the comparative by adding —er or —ier. With this, they will work on applying these rules and completing related activities. 

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