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Magic tricks and illusions
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students read about magic tricks and illusions.The lesson starts with a discussion about magic tricks and if the students believe in them.They will watch a video about magic tricks and read a text about a person who reveals how magicians are able to perform them.The students will have some skimming, scanning and contextual guessing activities and finally, there is a freer practice where students have the chance to talk more.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, detailed and deduction in the context of magic tricks

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion,debate in the context of magic
  • To provide clarification of illusions-related words in the context of magic tricks


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- After a short greeting, - The students will be given a set of pictures in a jigsaw form. -They need to find out who has the other parts of the pictures and sit next to them - All pictures are about magic - T will elicit the word magic

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

- Ss will be given a handout with some questions regarding magic tricks. -They will have some time to discuss these questions with their peers. - As feedback, Students will be nominated to share their ideas with the class. - Students will be given some slips about a magic trick.The text is not in order.Some of the words are highlighted. - Students should match each word with its synonym in the story and also put the story in order. - As feedback, T will find the group with all the correct answers and tell the students to check with them. -"when something vanishes, can you see it?" "Is audience a person or a group of people?" "When you perform something, do you do it or do you watch it?" "when you pretend something, is it real?" -The answer key will be given to students as a handout -Students will drill the new words chorally and individually.

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and reading for details tasks

-Students will skim the text in 3 minutes and decide what the meaning of " the secret is really out of the bag" is. -They will check with a peer. -The correct answer will be projected on the board. -Students will be given a handout with a T/F task written on it. They need to scan the text and find the answers. -They will check with a peer -Students will come to the board and write the answers on it.

While-Reading #2 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging deduction reading task

- Students will be given a worksheet containing some new words from the text with two possible answers. - "Look at the text and Choose the correct answer for each word." -Students will check with a peer. -Some students will be nominated to say the correct answers

Post-Reading (13-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

-Students will watch a short video about a magic trick. -"Time to figure out the trick" -In groups, They need to find out how the trick was done. - Some hints will be provided in case they weren't able to figure it out. -They probably will not be able to guess, but the class will hear some ideas.

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