Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Comparatives - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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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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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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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 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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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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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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