Adult English Language
Learners or English as a Second Language students who have studied
comparative and superlative adjective forms require compelling,
real-life topics with which to practice these grammatical forms.
In a traditional
lesson, students typically practice using comparatives and
superlatives by looking at pictures of people or objects in their
textbooks and discussing the similarities or differences they see.
Everyone looks at the same pictures and there is little
connection to real-world activities or skills.
For this RWLO, students
will access one of two websites (Cars.com
compare, and decide on one of
three vehicles or houses
to hypothetically purchase. These will be
actual, real-time objects that exist in the students' local
communities and are available for purchase. Individuals
will have a choice in selecting objects to discuss.
Students will also practice an important real-life skill; they must
engage in critical thinking to compare the qualities of the objects
they choose and explain how those qualities affect their purchasing