~ How to Make a Lesson ~ 


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).

The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 6

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 106 ~ Vacation ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) Where did you go on your last trip?


B) I/We______________________________________.

(We went to Thailand/I went to my grandparents home/We took a package tour.)


A) Who did you go there with?


B) I/We went there with_____________________________________.


A) How did you travel there?


B) I/We__________________________________________________.

(We went there by bus and train/We flew/I took a ship.)


A) Where did you stay?


B) I/We stayed___________________________________________.


A) How long did you stay?


B) I/We stayed_______________________________________.


A) Tell me about one of the things you enjoyed.


B) Well... ___________________________________________________.

 (The scenery was great/The food was delicious/The people were kind and helpful.)


A) Was there anything that you didn't enjoy?


B1) Let me see. No, everything was just fine.

B2) Let me see. Yes. __________________________________________.

(It was noisy and crowded/The restaurants weren’t so clean/My camera was stolen.)


A) Overall, would you do it again?


B) ____________________________.

(Yes. We plan to go there next year/No, Id like to go somewhere else.)




“Holiday” in British English is time off from work or school.

“Holiday” in North American English is a special day like Christmas.

“Vacation” in North America is time off from work or school.

“Vacation” isn’t often used in British English except when a university is closed.

“Trip” is used flexibly. It could be a day or a month, but it includes travel.



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 106 ~ Comparative Adjectives ~ Dialogue Practice ~


A comparative adjective is used to compare two things.


List of comparative adjective forms:


1) One syllable or ending in y:

old older / young younger / pretty prettier / happy happier


2) Two or more syllables:

respectable more/less respectable ~ beautiful more/less beautiful

preferable more/less preferable ~ hardworking more/less hardworking


3) Different forms:

good better / bad worse


Example questions:


Q1: Are you more or less intelligent than your parents? How?

Q2: Are some people luckier (in love/money) than others? Explain. 

Q3: Would it be better to be rich and dumb or poor and smart? Why?

Q4: Is it worse for you to be really hungry or to eat too much?

Q5: Which is more delicious, ______or _______ food? (e.g., Thai)

Q6: Is your friend/spouse friendlier/more friendly than you? Tell.

Q7: Are some families happier/sadder than others? Tell.

Q8: Is it better for you to study or to enjoy your time? Explain.

Q9: Is it worse for you to sleep too much or too little? Why?

Q10: Are Chinese clothes more fashionable than American? Explain.


Make some of your own questions using the same form.




In the case of friendlier/more friendly both forms are acceptable. Others are:

easier/more easy, dirtier/more dirty, funnier/more funny, happier/more happy,

noisier/more noisy, narrower/more narrow, simpler/more simple, gentler/more gentle.






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