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Unit 71 Comparative adjectives
Lesson length Preparation 45 minutes You will need: thick paper or card and ‘blu tack’ or a similar adhesive. Before the lesson, write out the following adjectives in large print on to thick paper or card, ready to stick them on the board in Exercise C1: old big expensive cheap modern small fast long slow

Photocopy the worksheets for Exercise A. Photocopy enough of the Student 1 worksheet for half the class and enough of the Student 2 worksheet for half the class. You may wish to copy the example sentences used in Point 2 of the Explanation and the fact file used in Exercise D on to OHTs. Demonstration Make sentences that include comparative adjectives. Where possible, use your students and surroundings, or use people, places, and objects that your students will recognize, e.g.: My students are younger than me. George Bush is older than Antonio Banderas. This book is smaller than that book. Jenny’s bag is bigger than Anna’s bag. Tokyo is more expensive than Paris. CDs are cheaper than DVDs. Australia is hotter than Germany. Winter is colder than autumn. The Chinese alphabet is more difficult than the English alphabet. Tennis is easier than chess. My new boots are better than my old ones. My Italian is worse than Simon’s Italian. Snakes are more dangerous than cats. Cars are safer than motorbikes. Explanation 1 Write the following example sentences on the board: • The Plaza Hotel is cheaper than the Excelsior Hotel. • The Excelsior Hotel is more expensive than the Plaza Hotel. Explain that this is how we compare two things (repeat two or three examples from the demonstration stage). 2 Write the following sentences from the demonstration on the board (or use an OHT). Underline the comparative adjectives. • • • • • • George Bush is older than Antonio Banderas. Cars are safer than motorbikes. Australia is hotter than Germany. Snakes are more dangerous than cats. Tennis is easier than chess. My new computer is better than my old one.

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American food ___________ (be/nice) French food. go through the table with the whole class. Write one or two practice sentences on the board and ask students to complete them using a comparative adjective + than. more beautiful. © Oxford University Press . While they are working.Oxford Practice Grammar LESSON Basic Unit 71 Comparative adjectives LINK With reference to the rules set out in the book. then they change roles. the other covers their worksheet and says the comparative. Then put students in pairs to compare their tables. New York ___________ (be/modern) Athens . Ask your students to complete the exercise in the book. richer. • Alaska ___________________ (cold) Brazil. Exercise B (whole class) Exercise B in the book practises the Present Simple with comparative adjectives. • Is Shanghai ___________________ (interesting) Beijing? Practice Exercise A (pairs) Give half the students in the class Student 1 worksheets and the other half Student 2 worksheets. • Paris is more beautiful than London. Tell students to test each other. David Beckham ___________ (be/famous) his wife. • Tom is richer than Paul. to make sure that they all have a correct set of answers. When the students are familiar with the rules. Each student should attempt to fill in the blanks in their table. • bad • big • happy • delicious • slow • nice 3 Write the following sentences on the board. The Nile ___________ (be/long) the Amazon. better) + than to compare things. Write these six adjectives on the board and ask students to provide the comparative forms. Explain that we use a comparative adjective (e. The train station ___________ (be/far) the supermarket. Learning English ___________ (be/easy) learning Spanish. • My new car is better than my old one. Fast cars ___________ (be/good) slow cars. At the end of the exercise. Bill Gates ___________ (be/rich) Madonna. use the examples to show how to form comparative adjectives.g. One student says an adjective. NOTE: More information is given in Appendix 4 on page 245. Trains ___________ (be/slow) planes. see if they can form some more comparatives. write the following sentences on the board: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PHOTOCOPIABLE Dogs ___________ (be/friendly) cats.

OR Small cars are more economical than big cars. Big cars are more comfortable than small cars. pick one of the words and make a sentence comparing The Queen Anne and The King John. e. stick your previously prepared words around the edge of the board.000 length: 9 metres area: 23 metres2 top speed: 30 knots year made: 1997 price: £3.g. Get students to come to the front of the class. Exercise C (whole class) Divide the board into two columns.500 Using your blu tack.: Big cars are safer than slow cars. Draw a simple boat in one column and label it ‘The Queen Anne’. 6. Big cars are more expensive than small cars. PHOTOCOPIABLE © Oxford University Press . Focus on statements 5. They do not have to complete the sentences in order. The Queen Anne The King John length: 14 metres area: 40 metres2 top speed: 35 knots year made: 2005 price: £9. Ask them to write two sentences to support their opinion. Extra (whole class) Write the London fact file on the board (or use an OHT).5 million 17º 12 £322.Oxford Practice Grammar LESSON Basic Unit 71 Comparative adjectives LINK Get students to come to the front of the class and write the comparative forms + than.000 ar mm ! Gra o FR from EE to g Ask students to say one or two sentences comparing London with their own town or city. Draw a smaller boat on the other side of the board and label it ‘The King John’. 9 which are deliberately contentious. Now ask the students to complete Exercise C in the book. Put the students in small groups to discuss the statements and decide if they agree with them. London fact file built population average summer temperature average number of wet days per month average price of a house AD 43 7. Write the following facts in the two columns.

Oxford Practice Grammar LESSON Basic Unit 71 Comparative adjectives LINK Worksheet Student 1 Complete the table adjective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 friendly hot wonderful bad smaller sadder difficult older more beautiful long hungry nicer happier cheap more delicious richer new modern younger fat more famous expensive better big more careful comparative adjective PHOTOCOPIABLE © Oxford University Press .

Oxford Practice Grammar LESSON Basic Unit 71 Comparative adjectives LINK Worksheet Student 2 Complete the table adjective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 small sad old beautiful friendlier hotter more wonderful worse nice happy more difficult delicious rich longer hungrier young cheaper famous newer more modern good fatter careful more expensive comparative adjective bigger PHOTOCOPIABLE © Oxford University Press .

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