People Idioms

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Teaching comparative and superlative adjectives are simple structures that fill an English class with lots of creativity.

Using board games may be a great activity to teach adjectives.

In the following board game I have included lots of adjectives students can use to describe things or people.

At the beginning of the lesson, I explain the definition, form and usage of adjectives following with examples.

Then I write ten adjectives that describe people on the board. Young, old, short, tall, happy, angry, smart, long, fat, slim (need them for later).

Afterwards, I divide students into groups of four and give each group a copy of board game. Then challenge them to write the adjectives in comparative and superlative (encourage them to ask for help if they need). Once the task is completed I go around and ask students to say the comparatives and superlatives.

Then I ask them to describe a student in the classroom. They use the board game adjectives as well as the adjectives written on the board at the beginning of the class. Ask them to use as many adjectives as possible in order to be the winner. If there is time, students will read their description otherwise it will be done in the next class.

Common Collocations

A collocation is a two or more words that often go together. As many collocations you use your English will sound more natural.

Start the lesson writing some hot verbs on the board such as: make, get, do, have, and take. Get students try and complete them with other words and make collocations.

Afterwards, explain that students are going to play a game in which they mime collocations for other students to guess.

Divide students into groups of four to five students. Give each group a set of triangles with collocations. Each student in each group choose a collocation and mime to other groups to guess the meaning. This way the game will continue until all the tringles have been used. The group that will collect the most correct answers will be the winners.

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In the end, I ask students to choose five collocations they like most and use them in sentences leaving gaps and ask their pairs to fill in the gaps. This way they practice and learn more collocations.