- improve vocabulary related to music and adjectives
- reinforce grammatical accuracy related to comparative structures
- build confidence and fluency speaking
Optional Warmer: Telephone (aka ‘Chinese Whispers’)
Objective: introduce theme of the class; warm-up the class
Ss in groups. Blank paper and pens ready to write down.
This game is run in accordance with the rules of ‘telephone’, as follows:
Players form a line, and the first player comes up with a message and whispers it to the ear of the second person in the line. The second player repeats the message to the third player, and so on. When the last player is reached, they write down the message they heard. At the end, the teacher marks the written sentences for accuracy. 1 point = correct, 0.5 points = similar, 0 points = totally wrong.
Sentences to whisper:
- Jack plays guitar really well.
- Music makes me feel alive!
- Who’s your favourite band?
- I use an app to find song lyrics.
- Music is a great way to practice English.
Alternative Wamer: Find someone who…
This could also be used at the end of the lesson.
Objective: to build confidence speaking, and to practice the key vocabulary and grammar point of the lesson.
- Turn statements into questions. Alone, or if too difficult, do as a class.
- Demo activity several times to make sure people understand.
- F/b: call on Students to make up sentences. E.g. Somchai gets up earlier than me.
First, check key adjectives.
Next: elicit genres of music on the board. Optional: students come to write genres themselves.
Objective: apply vocabulary to a novel situation
- Listen to music (1 minute-ish per clip), write styles and two adjectives on worksheet
- Class f/b on the fly.
- jazz; relaxing; cool
- rock; hard; noisy
- folk; slow; relaxing
- dance / electronic; modern; exciting
- reggae; chilled / laid-back; relaxing
- classical; beautiful; sad / sweet
- pop; fun; fresh
- hip-hop; modern; fashionable
Objective: Practice grammar point in a tightly-controlled structure.
In pairs, students have one set of ‘sentence building’ cards each. Do an example by taking one of these cards at random (e.g. ‘is nicer than’) and elicit a sentence.
Working in pairs, perhaps walking and talking, the students speak these sentences. No writing.
Brief f/b to class.
- Conversation between Jimmy and Tom
- WB: Jimmy moved from ______ to ______.
- Turn-over sheets. General Q. Answer: from Bangkok to Pattaya.
- Project photo (in city/business folder).
- Look at sheets: what can they remember? In pairs.
- Play tape again.
- Class f/b.
- T: Why did you leave Bangkok? You had a good job.
- J: Yes, but I’ve got a better job here.
- T: And you had a big apartment in Bangkok.
- J: Well, I’ve got a bigger apartment here.
- T: Really? How many bedrooms has it got?
- J: Three. And it’s got a fitness room. It’s much newer than my apartment in Bangkok, and it’s cheaper.
- T: But you haven’t got any friends.
- J: I’ve got a lot of friends here. People are much friendlier than in Bangkok.
- T: But Bangkok’s so exciting.
- J: So is Pattaya. I think it’s more exciting than Bangkok. It’s got shops, cinemas, restaurants all within walking distance. The traffic is better, and the air is cleaner.
- T: OK! Everything is wonderful! When can I come to visit?
- Introduce concept of boasting. Practise conversation.
Source: this material is adapted by a lesson from Bits Thailand Ltd.
Objective: revise grammar rules which have previously been learned.
Working alone. Go through adjectives, filling-in comparative forms. Pair check / elicit rules as a class.
Rule 1: one syllable adjectives, add er (double letter if ends in CVC) old; older; safe; safer big; bigger hot; hotter
Rule 2: ends in y, -y+ier noisy; noisier dirty; dirtier
Rule 3: two or more syllables (not ending in y): more + adjective
Rule 4: irregular adjectives good; better bad; worse far; farther/further
Source: Intermediate Communication Games by Jill Hadfield (1990).
Objective: freer practice building confidence and fluency based on the grammar point.
Provide a demonstration of boasting by doing an example from the game. Request 2 volunteers. “Look at my lovely phone!” “Yes, but my phone is cheaper than yours!” Etc. Elicit ‘boasting’.
- Can you describe the way Jimmy was talking? (Boasting)
- Groups of three or four / Shuffle and deal cards.
- WB: Look at my lovely car!
- Yes, but my _is than your
- Drill the second sentence this is probably a new way of speaking for them.
- If you cannot think of anything, you can pass.
- You cannot use the same adjective twice!