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Resources For ESL Teachers - English Lesson Plan - Comparatives

Updated on February 9, 2012

Teaching English

During my early 20s I spent 5 years teaching English as a second language in Phuket Thailand. It was a wonderful experience and something I will always remember. I found it more rewarding teaching children, because they were always excited to learn something new. During my time as a teacher, I was often presented with little or no books or materials to work with. I developed several lesson plans for teaching children the basics of English vocabulary and grammar. Below is a lesson plan designed to teach young children comparative adjectives. We will use the adjectives "tall and short" for this lesson. 


ESL Lesson - Comparatives

The first step is to give a demonstration in order to show the children an example of the vocabulary. You should ask the tallest and shortest students to come to the front of the class, as well as two other students of average height. With the four students standing side by side in front of the class, you should tell the students who is taller and shorter than who. Have them repeat this after you and explain to them that you are comparing the height. It will help if you can explain this using their native language if possible.

The next step is to get the students involved, using the four students in the front of the class as an example. You can ask the other students to raise their hand if they are shorter than the tallest student in the class, and then you can jokingly correct any students that do not raise their hands. Then you can ask the other students to raise their hand if they are taller than the tallest student in the class, and again correcting any students that may have raised their hands. Repeat this process with the other 3 children that are in the front of the class.

The next step is to give a demonstration on the chalkboard (yes they still use chalk in Thailand). You draw a simple sketch of the four children on the board, you can draw stick figures if you are not artistically inclined. You ask the students to tell you who is taller or shorter than whom. You repeat this process with all of the 4 students participating in the demonstration. After this demonstration you can hand out a worksheet, I have attached a copy below of the worksheet I used to use. The worksheet has cartoon photos of the famous cartoon family "The Simpson's". The students are often far more interested in the lesson if you can put it into context using something they like such as cartoons or sports. You can feel free to print out copies of it and use it if you like.

Worksheet - Free Download



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