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Ideas for English Lessons


Strange Pairs

Subject: Comparative adjectives


Skills: Speaking, Writing.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 12+

Participants Number: 6-10 players.

Time: 20-25 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes): Ask each player to find a pair of nouns, differing each from other only by the first letter. As ideas are being receved, you write them on the board opposite the name of the author, e.g.:

Kirill: mouse - house,

Uliana: fridge - bridge,

Filipp: cake - lake


After everyone has got his/her own 'strange pair', ask the players to compile as many sentences comparing these two things as possible, e.g.:
A mouse is smaller than a house. 
A mouse is faster than a house. 
A mouse is more intelligent than a house. 


How to Play. When everybody is ready, the players take turns to read out their lists. A player gets 1 point for every logical sentence. You write the final results on the board in one line with the player's name and his/her 'strange pair'. The game lasts as long as all the sentences are read out. The winner is the player to get the most points.