Showing posts with label Comparatives and Superlatives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Comparatives and Superlatives. Show all posts

Monday, 10 June 2013

The Biggest and the Best - Superlatives Quiz Game

You are going to
  1. do a quiz practising superlatives
  2. watch part of a BBC Quiz show "The Kids Are All Right" to check your answers
  3. look at some photos to practise comparatives and superlatives
  4. make your own superlatives quiz

    Teacher's note; this is a short activity which acts as an aid to introduce, revise or practise superlatives.

    1) Do a Quiz
    Can you answer these questions?
    Click on the display. Time yourself. You have 10 seconds to answer each question.
    Vocabulary check - alphabetically, borders, sum, southerly

    2) Watch and check your answers
    Now check your answers by watching this clip form the BBC's The Kids Are All Right.
    The Kids are All Right is a general knowledge quiz show where children and teenagers compete against adults to see who is the cleverest.

    Who do you think will win - the kids or the adults?
    Watch and find out.

    3) Practise
    Comparatives and Superlatives
    Can you remember? What were the superlatives in the quiz?
    • What do you know about comparatives and superlatives?
    • When do we use them?
    • How do we make them?
    Look at the presentation below and answer the questions.

    4) Make your own quiz
    • Think of questions to practise superlatives. Use biggest, longest, shortest most popular etc. Have a class quiz and test each other.

    Try these posts for more practice of comparatives and superlatives

    Describe a city - Superlative Southampton Comparatives and Superlatives, Describing a place, Intermediate, Reading, Southampton, Upper Intermediate, Webquest   

    150 Years of The Tube Advanced, CAE, Comparatives and Superlatives, FCE, History, IELTS, Life in the UK, Listening, London, Science, Tube, Upper Intermediate

    Thursday, 10 January 2013

    150 Years of The Tube

    You are going to 
    • listen to a radio clip about the London Underground
    • do a comprehension activity

    • Does your city have a metro or underground railway?
    • How old is it?
    • Have you ever been on the Tube in London?
    • What do you know about it?

    • What was London like 150 years ago?
    • What effect did the Tube have on London?

    Listen again and do the quiz below

    Alternative vocabulary gap fill exercise here

    Printable worksheets here


    Interesting Facts about the Tube

    • Each year, every Tube train travels 114,500miles/184,269km.
    • The average speed of a train is 33km/20.5 miles per hour.
    • Only 45 per cent of the network is actually in tunnels.
    • There are 426 escalators. Waterloo has the most: 23.
    • The total number of lifts, including four stair lifts, on the Underground network is 164.
    • The deepest lift shaft is at Hampstead station and is 55.2m.
    • The total number of carriages in the Underground’s fleet is 4,134.
    • The total number of stations currently served is 270.
    • The total number of staff on the Underground is approximately 19,000.
    • The total length of the Tube  network is 402km/249 miles.
    • The deepest station below street level in central London is Bank, which is 41.4m deep.
    • In outer London, Hampstead is the deepest station below street level, at 58.5m.


    London Tube map
    Click on the map to see an enlarged version

    Mind the gap!

    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Describe a city - Superlative Southampton

    You are going to
    • watch a short video about the city of Southampton and do a comprehension exercise
    • read about the city of Southampton on a Tourist Guide page and do a comprehension exercise
    • practise superlatives
    • practise language for describing a city
    • describe a city / town

    1) Discuss
    • Where are you from?
    • Where do you live?
    • Do you like your town?
    • What can people do there?
    • What are the best things about living there?
    • Does anyone famous come from there?
    • Did any famous historical events happen there?

    I am from Southampton in the UK.
    So let's have at look at Southampton.

    2) Watch
    Watch the video
    1) Find out
    • What can you do in Southampton?
    • Would you like to live / study / work there?

    2) Watch again and do this quiz

    3) Read
    Quickly read the "Superlative Southampton" guide below
    1) Find the answers to these questions.
    • Where is Southampton?
    • What kind of city is it?
    • Have any famous people come from Southampton? 
    • Why is it "superlative"? How many examples of superlatives can you find?

    Superlative Southampton - A City Guide

    Southampton is the largest city on the south coast of England. It is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest National Park. The city lies roughly in the centre of the south coast of England approximately halfway between the towns of Bournemouth and Portsmouth.

    The Port
    Southampton is the biggest commercial and container port on the south coast of England. It has also been home to many ocean ”liners” and passenger ships. It presently has three large cruise ship terminals, with another one in the offing.

    Southampton is a vibrant, modern city and has one of the most modern shopping centres in the south of England.The mix of high street stores and traditional shops and boutiques has made the city one the UK's most popular retail destinations. It also has wealth of sporting, leisure, entertainment and cultural opportunities. The city centre has an unusual number of large parks. It is one of the greenest city centres in the UK.

    Southampton has a variety of entertainment choices from the ice rink and paintballing to the Ocean Village Cinema and Megabowl. Southampton has an exciting nightlife which includes many restaurants and bars. Historic Oxford Street is home to Southampton's finest restaurants.

    Southampton FC
    As well as numerous indoor sports, keep fit and swimming facilities Southampton Sports Centre is one of the largest open air sports and athletic arenas in the south of England. In contrast to the ‘out of town’ location of the Sports Centre, Championship League Southampton Football Club has its state-of-the-art football stadium set down firmly in the heart of city’s waterside population, on the banks of the River Itchen, very near to the original Saxon settlement of Hamwic.

    Art Gallery
    Southampton's elegant City Art Gallery contains 3,500 works of art from six centuries. The work of up and coming artists and designers can be found in the nearby Millais Gallery. The Mayflower, the largest theatre in southern England, puts on musicals as well as ballet and operas. The Nuffield Theatre, at Southampton University, stages performances from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. The city is also home to some of the region's best concert halls and two large multi-purpose venues staging major rock, contemporary and classical music events.

    The city represents the core of the Greater Southampton region, with a population of 228,600. The city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing to "So'ton" or "Soton", and a resident of Southampton is called a “Sotonian”.

    Southampton is noted for being the home of the RMS Titanic. The newest museum (opened in 2012) in the city is the SeaCity Museum which tells the story of the people of the city, their lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea.  Southampton was also where the Spitfire, the famous World War II aircraft, was designed and built.  It has been home to many of the largest and most famous cruise liners in the world for over a century and was once known as the "Gateway to the world".

    Jane Austen
    Famous residents
    Benny Hill
    Many world famous figures from history were born or made their home in Southampton. These include singer Craig David; the composer of popular hymns, Isaac Watts; comedian Benny Hill: inventor of the Spitfire, R.J. Mitchell; film Director, Ken Russell;  jazz Trumpeter, Nat Gonella and novelist Jane Austen.

    2) Look at the text again.
    Some of the words are in bold. Can you match the words in bold with the definitions below?
    If you are not sure try and guess from the context and choose the answer that fits best.

    3) How much can you remember? Do the quiz.

    4) Practise superlatives
    Fill in the gaps with a superlative. If you are not sure how to make superlatives look here

    If you can't remember the answers look at the reading text again.

    Printable worksheets here

    5) Write
    Write a guide for your town
    • Use the headings in the Southampton guide to help you (Location, Leisure, Sport, Arts, History, Famous Residents etc)
    • Use some of the language in the text for describing places (situated, vibrant, facilities etc).
    • Use some superlatives (the best, the largest, the most famous etc)

    8) More on Southampton
    Solent University guide to Southampton

    SeaCity Museum

    The Port of Southampton

    Southampton Football Club

    More practice
    Speaking Presentation - "Your City"

    The Changing UK - Southampton

    Comparative and Superlative quiz

    Sunday, 3 July 2011

    Your City - Past and Present (a powerpoint project)

    This is a student activity project which can be done with all levels and practises various grammar points including present and past tenses and the language of comparing and contrasting.

    Teacher's notes
    1. Find some old photos of your city or town from 50 -100 or more years ago
    2. Go out and have students take photos of the same locations today
    3. Students then prepare a powerpoint (see below) to compare and contrast the photos
    4. Students should write a short descriptive paragraph describing each pair of photos (present and past). See below for structures to practise.
    5. The powerpoint can then printed and turned into a booklet (ie a  souvenir for foreign students on a summer course) or class posters. It could also done as a presentation in class.
    6. Students can also research online and write an introduction outlining some local history and points of interest.
    7. Students can also write a conclusion stating whether they think there have been many changes and improvemets.

    Language to practise

    Elementary > Pre-intermediate 
    • Adjectives
    • Using present simple and continuous tenses and past simple and continuous tenses
    • There is / are / was / were (n't)
    • Some / any
    • Countable nouns
    • Articles
    • Comparatives

    Intermediate > Upper Intermediate
    • Same as above plus
    • Expressions to compare and contrast - both / also / however / on the other hand / although / moreover...
    • Present perfect
    • Passive
    • Descriptive adjectives
    • Stating opinions

    Powerpoint Template

    Here is a powerpoint template I prepared for a project on Southampton in the UK with a pre-intermediate class. The contemporary photos were mostly taken by the students on a group excursion (however google supplied one or two) and are occasionally a little dark but you get the idea...

    • It's probably best to use google to find historic photos of your area but here is a site which is good for the UK
    • If you can't get students to take photos then contemporary UK photos can be found here
    • BBC's Turn Back Time is a similar idea and can be seen here

    Discussion Ask students which photos they prefer - the past or the present. Why?
    Is there anything good that we have lost from the past?
    Would they like to travel back in time? When? Why?
    What would they miss from the present?  

    Writing (IELTS) - People nowadays work hard to buy more things. This has made our lives generally more comfortable but many traditional values and customs have been lost and it is a pity. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Now try this post
    Describe a city - Superlative Southampton Comparatives and Superlatives, Describing a place, Intermediate, Reading, Southampton, Upper Intermediate, Webquest 

    Tuesday, 5 April 2011

    Comparatives and Superlatives

    You are going to practise comparatives and superlatives

    Faster, better, louder, tastier and even washes whiter...  Watch the presentation and practise your comparatives and superlatives. Click play to go

    More online practice
    Comparison of adverbs and adjectives, by lcio

    Comparative and Superlatives, by Nuria Ortiz