I don’t know many textbooks that focus at length if at all on double comparatives. It’s true that we don’t use this structure as often as we do adjective clauses or reported speech, for example, but it is a part of everyday English and I’ve seen a number of upper level students struggle to use the structure correctly. For that reason, I’d like to share some some old and new materials available online. The more resources there are, the easier it is to teach the topic, right?
- My video lesson on double comparatives was posted about one year ago on YouTube.
- Three classroom activities on double comparatives were posted to accompany the video.
- An interactive quiz on ESLVideo.com makes use of a TV news interview and tests viewers’ listening comprehension. The quiz questions are all formatted using the double comparative.
The final item above can nicely lead into class discussion of sleep habits. Have students complete the statements below and discuss them in small groups.
- The later I stay up at night,…
- As far as my sleep habits go, the older I get, the more…/ the less…
- The more…, the better I sleep.