Comparing Modes of Transport – Comparison Activity

In this online-friendly activity you’ll be working on vocabulary for transportation, elementary adjectives, and comparisons.

How to use this activity?

Start by asking your students how they got to class today. Write these modes of transport on the board. If you are doing an online lesson, you can probably skip this part. Then, ask them to take turns giving examples of different modes of transportation. Once they run out of ideas, put your students into pairs or small groups and pass out a copy of the activity to each group. If doing an online lesson, display the PDF on your screen.

Which of these modes of transportation were not mentioned? Encourage your students to name them and help with any words they don’t know. Have the groups write down 10 sentences comparing different modes of transport. It may be helpful to do one or two comparisons together beforehand. For more elementary students, focus on the structures of comparison A + be + (more/less) adjective + than + B. For more advanced groups, have them make the comparison and justify their response. Then, share answers as a class and make corrections.

For example,

Elementary: Traveling by bus is cheaper than by airplane.

More advanced: Traveling by metro is much more boring than traveling by hot air balloon because there is a better view from a hot air balloon than in a train.

If you are working online, students work individually. Give them some time to write down 5 or so comparisons into the chat. Once they finish, have students correct each other’s sentences and compare answers.

If you want to go further, ask students to plan a tour of the world for a travel magazine using at least 5 different modes of transport. This can be accomplished both offline (in pairs or groups) and online (in breakout rooms). Students then present their tour of the world to the class. The class votes on which tour of the world sounds the best!

This activity can be adapted for superlatives as well by choosing 3 or more modes of transportation and having students make comparisons that way.


Another small activity you could do with your students is have them make some comparisons orally based on their own opinions. Who agrees? Who disagrees? Why? Why not? Etc.

Off to class!
On foot…
To my desk…
In the corner of my living room…


  1. mengjuan.l.r

    How can I download the teaching materials? didn’t find a purchase link

    • Ian Kime


      This activity is reserved for Teacher Total Access subscribers. You can learn more about it here >>


  2. Comparing stuff: A1-A2 – ESL Expertz

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  3. Benoit

    It’s never too late 🙂

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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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