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Lesson 9: Sports
They’re faster and stronger.

I can compare sports teams and athletes.

INTRODUCE

Many people like sports. They often have favorite sports teams and athletes.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

strong

weak

fast

slow

likable

unpopular

II. Which of the words above describe you?

III. Practice reading the words.

/oʊ/

/ɔ/

slow

law

crow

crawl

joke

jaw

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use comparatives to compare two people or things.

For most short adjectives, you can add -er.

ADJECTIVE

COMPARATIVE

strong

stronger

weak

weaker

fast

faster

slow

slower

  • Kevin is stronger.
  • You’re fast, but I’m faster.

You can use more with most long adjectives.

ADJECTIVE

COMPARATIVE

likable

more likable

unpopular

more unpopular

beautiful

more beautiful

  • Albert is more likable.
  • Helen is unpopular, but Julio is more unpopular.

Be careful of irregular adjectives.

ADJECTIVE

COMPARATIVE

good

better

bad

worse

far

farther

  • Your team is better.
  • The game yesterday was bad, but the game today was worse.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Saori and Catherine are hanging out at a café.

Saori:

I’m so excited to watch the Wild Oxen game this weekend.

Catherine:

Really? Why?

Saori:

They’re going to play the Stars! The Stars are good, but the Wild Oxen are better. They’re faster and stronger.

Catherine:

That’s nice…

Saori:

You should watch the game too!

Catherine:

Hmm… Maybe. I don’t like watching baseball, but I like looking at handsome baseball players like Kousuke. (laughs) He’s really cute!

Saori:

No way! Yuichi is more handsome. And more likable!

TRIVIA

When native speakers ask about someone’s favorite team or band, they often use who, not what. This is because teams and bands are groups of people.

 

X What’s your favorite team?

O Who’s your favorite team?

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct words in the parentheses.

  1. The Brave Hawks are good, but the Green Warriors are (more good / better).
  2. That team is (more weak / weaker).
  3. The second game was (more interesting / interestinger).
  4. Lee is a bad football player, but Andy is (worse / badder).
  5. That player is (more slow / slower).

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences using the words and pictures as clues.

Team A

Team B

ex. Team A is popular, but Team B is more popular.

 

Jenna

Sally

1. Jenna is great, but _____.

 

Chris

Eric

2. Chris is fast, but _____.

 

the team

their fans

3. The team is excited, but _____.

 

football

rugby

4. Football is dangerous, but _____.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You and your foreign coworker are talking about sports during your lunch break.


Tell him/her about two famous sports teams in Japan. Then, compare them.

Today's grammar tip

  • -er
  • more

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SPORTS TEAMS AND ATHLETES

2

WATCHING SPORTS

1

SPORTS TEAMS AND ATHLETES

  1. What foreign sports teams do you know?
  2. Who’s your favorite foreign athlete?
  3. Which Japanese athletes are really popular?
  4. Do you prefer Japanese sports teams or foreign sports teams?

2WATCHING SPORTS

  1. When was the last time you watched a sports game?
  2. Which teams/athletes played in that game?
  3. Which team/athlete was better?
  4. Do you prefer to go to live sports events or watch them on TV?

FEEDBACK

I can compare sports teams and athletes.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK