B1 Intermediate level
To enable students to develop their reading skills for gist and detailed understanding in the context of reading an article about magicians and their secrets.
To introduce students vocabulary related to the context of the reading text (magic, magicians and secrets): audience, fake, perform, pretend, stage, vanish, etc.
Procedure (30-48 minutes)
Show students pictures of famous magicians. See if they know who they are. Ask them if they like watching magic tricks. Get them to talk about the topic and assess their level of vocabulary. Give them any essential words they don’t know (e.g. magic, magician, trick, etc.) Students look at pictures, try to guess who they are and give their opinion about magic.
Give Ss HO of vocabulary exercise 1. Ss work in pairs and try to replace the underlined words with the words in the box. Ask early finishing Ss to come to the WB and write their answers. Check with W/C. Explain any words they don’t understand using CCQs.
Give Ss the reading text. Ask them to read quickly, not worrying about new language and choose the best explanation for “the secret is really out of the bag”. Give Ss a time limit to read. Students read individually.
Ask students to check with partners to see if they agree and share reasons.
Check students’ answers and get them to justify their answers by referring to the text.
Hand out the T/F statements. Get the students to read the text again and say if the sentences are T or F. Set time limit. Students read individually. Prompt early finishing students to write the correct version of the false sentences and write the answers on the WB.
Check the answers on the board with W/C. Focus on any problem areas and refer the Ss back to the text to clarify.
Ask students what the best magic tricks they have seen are and if they have any idea how these tricks work. Students work in groups of three and tell each other about the best tricks they have seen. Monitor and note down errors for giving feedback in the following stage.
Correct common errors Ss produced and give useful language Ss needed during speaking.