Friday, 20 January 2017

Comparatives and Superlatives - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Classroom Survey

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This delightful ESL activity enables you to teach comparatives and superlatives in a personalized manner. Students answer six questions and write the answers in a table. The students then work in groups of six and ask the same six questions to their classmates. The students' answers are also noted down in the table. When the table is complete, students write sentences comparing the information in the table using comparatives and superlatives.

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Comparative and Superlative Practice

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 2 Hours

This five-page lesson is useful for teaching or reviewing comparatives and superlatives. Throughout the lesson, the students get plenty of practice using comparative and superlative structures. This in-depth lesson includes a grammar review, comparative and superlative forms, a quiz, writing activities and various questions related to using comparatives. Students also create a dialogue that can be presented to the class.

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Comparative and Superlative Quiz

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This rewarding teaching activity gives students practice at writing comparative and superlative sentences. First, students put different nouns in order depending on the stated adjective, e.g. goldfish, gorilla, human – intelligent. Then, they write comparative and superlative sentences using the adjectives and nouns.

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Comparative Cards

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

Here is an engaging card game that helps students associate comparatives with a variety of nouns. Students work together in pairs. Each pair is given a set of noun cards. The students look at the cards and then take it in turns to put down a card and make a comparative sentence connecting two cards together. This continues until all the cards have been linked with different comparative sentences. When the students have finished the game, they write out the sentences.

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Comparative Geography

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

You can use this enjoyable game to teach comparative and superlative structures to your students. Students are divided into small teams. The class names as many adjectives as they can and you write them on the board. Next, the students name ten countries. These answers are also written on the board. The students then have ten minutes to make as many comparative and superlative sentences as they can, using the adjectives and countries listed on the board. You can play more rounds by asking the students to name other categories such as sports, animals, famous people, etc.

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Expressing Opinions and Making Comparatives

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

In this comprehensive lesson, students learn how to give opinions, agree, disagree and make comparisons. The lesson begins by focusing on the language structures. Then, the students read through some example dialogues and complete gap-fill exercises. Following that, students make their own dialogue in pairs and present them to the class.

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Fun Facts

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this amusing pairwork activity, students read sentences and try to guess the missing comparative adjectives. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students work individually and complete sentences with comparative adjectives. Once the students have finished, they sit facing their partner. Student B starts by reading sentence 1 to Student A. If the sentence has the same comparative adjective as Student A's sentence, Student A can read the next sentence to Student B. If not, Student B carries on guessing comparatives until he or she gets it right. The students continue the game until they have completed all the sentences.

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Superlative Olympics

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

This fun class activity is an imaginative way to teach your students about superlatives. The class is split into two or three big teams. There are ten superlative competitions to enter. Each team enters a different competitor for each event. The team who wins each competition receives one point. Afterwards, all team members race to write the correct superlative sentence for the event. The first team to do this wins an extra point.

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Superlative Survey

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students complete a superlative survey about their classmates. Then, the students find out if their statements are right by asking each other questions. Students note down any extra information and then tell the class what they found out.

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Three Classmates

ESL EFL Reading and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students draw pictures of three classmates from a comparative and superlative description of their appearance. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet and some coloured pencils. The students read the sentences on their worksheet. The sentences describe three classmates using comparative and superlative forms. After reading the sentences, the students draw pictures of the three classmates from the description. When the students have finished, they compare their pictures in pairs. As an extension, students can write a description of three of their classmates using comparative and superlative forms and then dictate the description to a partner for them to draw.

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Business Comparisons

Business English Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this Business English teaching activity, students work in pairs. They take turns reading sentences to their partner omitting the comparative adjective from each sentence. Their partner has to guess the missing comparative in the sentence. Afterwards, they discuss whether they agree or disagree with each statement.

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Comparative and Superlative Card Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This engaging card game allows you to teach your students how to make comparative and superlative sentences with a range of adjectives. Class members work in groups of three or four. Each group has a set of topic cards and adjective cards. Each student in turn picks up an adjective card and chooses a topic. The student has to make a comparative or superlative sentence using the adjective. The sentence must be related to the topic. Students receive one point for each grammatically correct sentence. The student with the highest number of points by the end of the game wins.

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Comparative Clues

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this comparative guessing game, students give three clues to their partner to help them guess a special word. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The aim of the game is to help their partner guess the word or phrase in bold at the top of each box on their worksheet by giving three clues to them using comparative forms. Before they begin, each student completes three empty boxes at the bottom of the worksheet with their own words or phrases. When they are ready, the students begin the game. The students substitute a pronoun for the word they are describing and use comparative forms to describe the object, activity or person to their partner. When everyone has finished, some students give their own clues to the class and they try to guess the word or phrase.

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Compare it

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This speaking activity is perfect for teaching students how to make comparative and superlative sentences. Students work in groups of three. They play a category card game where they turn over two cards from the same category and make a comparison between two words. If a student turns over two identical words, they make a superlative sentence. When a student completes the comparative or superlative sentence correctly, they keep the two cards. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Comparing Companies

Business English Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour +

You can use this Business English lesson to teach adults or university students. Students learn ways to make direct and general comparisons using various comparative and superlative structures. Students also compare companies and products from information contained in charts. In addition, the lesson includes several writing and speaking activities based on comparing companies and their competitors.

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Comparison Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 Minutes

This fast-paced speaking game is a great way for your students to practice comparative structures. The class is split into two teams. One student comes up from each team. The two students are given two things to compare. One student starts by making a comparative sentence about the two things. Then, the other student makes a comparison. This continues until one student cannot make a comparison, makes a grammar mistake or is too slow to answer. The winning student gets a point for their team.

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Fill in the Blank

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this productive teaching activity, students play a game where they have to guess the missing comparative form of an adjective in a sentence. Each group of four is given a set of adjective cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile and make a sentence using the comparative form of the adjective on the card. They do this without showing the card to anyone. Instead of saying the comparative form of the adjective, the student uses the word ‘blank’, e.g. Cars are ‘blank’ than bicycles. The other group members then try to guess the missing adjective in the comparative form. The first student to guess correctly wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. If the students are having a hard time guessing, the student can make other comparative sentences using the adjective to help them.

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Superlative Media

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students complete superlative sentences about different forms of media, including TV, cinema, the Internet and music. First, students work alone. They correct sentences by changing the adjective to its superlative form. Then, they complete each sentence with their opinion. Afterwards, students get together in small groups. They tell their group members their opinions. The group members agree or disagree with each other and give their opinions based on what they have written.

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Superlative Slips

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 Minute

In this speaking activity, students practice comparative and superlative structures. Students race to see how many people they can find who fit the comparative and superlative description on their slip of paper. Each student receives one point for each person who matches their description. Several rounds are played using different slips each time. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Superlatives Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this superlatives board game, students get a chance to practice superlative structures with their classmates. The class is split into groups of three or four. The players take it in turns to throw a dice and move along the board. When a player lands on a superlative square, they have to talk non-stop for 30 seconds about the topic on the square. If a player stops talking before the 30 seconds are up, they have to go back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish square wins the game.

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Which is better?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this group activity, students use comparative forms to practice saying which of two things they think is better and why. The class is divided into small groups and each group is given a set of cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask the other students in their group 'Which is better, ... or ...? Why?' For example, which is better, waking up early or waking up late? Why? When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class about their classmates' answers.

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Comparative Expressions

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this intriguing activity, students learn common comparative expressions using as … as. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete 12 comparative expressions. Each expression contains two missing words, which the students complete using word pairs. When they have finished, the students check the answers. The class is then divided into pairs. The pairs discuss in what situations they might use the expressions, and what they think 'it' refers to in some of the expressions. The students write their ideas on the worksheet. Students run through their ideas and answers in a class feedback session. After that, each pair creates a dialogue using four of the comparative expressions from the worksheet. Finally, each pair comes to the front and presents their dialogue to the class.

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Superlative Strips

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

This invaluable teaching activity provides your students with the opportunity to ask and answer superlative questions. Students work together in groups of four. Each group is handed a set of superlative question cards. The group members then ask each other the superlative Wh- questions. When all the groups have finished asking their questions, each group tells the rest of the class about their classmates' most interesting answers.

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