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English Media Lab: Comparative Adjectives Video Lesson

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.englishmedialab.com/

Website Example: http://www.englishmedialab.com/higherlevels/comparatives/comparatives.html

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

Use the "Which Country is Bigger"  video to introduce or review comparative adjectives.

Preparation

  • View the video or try out the exercise you plan to use on the computer(s) before having students try it.
  • Make sure site is not blocked at your school. Some of the videos come from YouTube which is often blocked in the K-12 system.
  • Confirm that necessarily plug-ins are installed for the videos and some of the site's other activities before using them.

How-To

  1. Open the Web Site Example URL in your Web browser.
  2. Select the Play button for the video.
  3. Select the Pause button on the player as needed to give explanations or ask students questions.
  4. Have students take notes or write sentences using the comparative adjectives used in the video.

Teacher Tips

  • The site does have MANY ads. There are many at the top of the page, but they are also placed strategically all over the pages, so be sure to instruct students on how to avoid them. (A lesson on the pitfalls of the Internet would be very appropriate here.)
  • You will need to scroll down the page on most pages to see the activity or video.
  • The voice on the audio has a slight British accent.

More Ways

  • English Media Lab features many online ESL Exercises. They have an English TV Section with Videos by Levels - Beginner Videos, Elementary & High Level Videos.
  • They also provide Interactive Online Quizzes to practice & reinforce grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills.
  • The new feature on this site is the Interactive Games section. To make online English learning more fun, they have provided a wide variety of ESL/EFL interactive Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening and Classroom Games alongside several Puzzles - Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Activities, Cloze Exercises & More.
  • There is also a section completely dedicated to Adults - Business English, Survival English, Idioms, Intermediate & Advanced Level Quizzes.

Levels

  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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