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Free ESL Lesson Plan: Superlative Adjectives

ESL, lesson plan, pre-intermediate, adjectives, superlatives, vocabulary

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When to teach this lesson on superlative adjectives

This lesson is great for ESL students at a pre-intermediate level. Students should have prerequisite knowledge of the present simple and present continuous tenses. It is designed to teach students how to use superlative adjectives to describe things, people and objects. It is especially useful for students who are looking to expand their English vocabulary.

What students will learn about superlative adjectives

In this lesson students will learn how to:

  • use the form of the superlative, including the irregular superlatives: best, worst and furthest. 
  • use the  + the superlative: diamond is the hardest natural material in the world.
  • use the prepositions in and of with groups and time periods: it was the most popular song of the 1980s.
  • use one of the +  superlative plural noun + preposition: it’s one of the biggest cities in Asia.

Before you teach, keep in mind: for short adjectives, we make the superlative by adding —est (shortest). For long adjectives, we make the superlative with most (most interesting).

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