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Ideas for English Lessons


Strange Pairs

Subject: Comparatives


Skills: Speaking, Writing.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 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 from each other only by the first letter. As the players say their pairs, you write them on the board next to the name of the author like this:

Kirill: mouse - house

Uliana: fridge - bridge

Filipp: cake - lake

and so on.

When everyone has got his/her own 'strange pair', ask the players to make as many sentences, comparing these two things as possible. Their lists may look like this:
A mouse is smaller than a house. 
A mouse is faster than a house. 
A mouse is more intelligent than a house. 

and so on.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, the players take it in turns to read out their lists. A player gets 1 point for each logical statement. You write the final result on the board next to the player's name and his/her 'strange pair' like this:

Kirill: mouse - house - 7 points

The game lasts as long as all the lists have been read out. The winner is the player to get the most points.