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Teaching Practice 6
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice in reading for gist and detail in the context of the sporting superstitions. The lesson begins with a reading about the superstitions that many sportspeople have. This is followed by a discussing in pairs "Other sporting superstitions". Finally there is some free practice in groups via speaking activity when students talk about their own superstitions.


Abc Latham-Koenig, C. & Oxenden, C. (2013) English File Intermediate 3rd Ed. SsBk Oxford

Main Aims

  • To provide students practice in reading for gist and specific information in the context of the sportspeople's superstitions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable students to review and practice more sports-related vocabulary.


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

Write these names o w/b: - Ricardo Quaresma - Fernando Muslera - Volkan Demirel Ask Ss (first ladies, then men): - Who are these people? - Which team does each of them play for? - Where are they from? Quaresma is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Turkish club Beşiktaş and the Portugal national team. Fernando Muslera is an Argentine-born Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Uruguay national team. Volkan Demirel is a Turkish goalkeeper who plays for the Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe S.K. and was also the goalkeeper for the Turkey national football team. Ask Ss to work in pairs and discuss these questions: - Why do men like football so much? - What do women think about football? Nominate some Ss and get feedback.

Pre-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Tell Ss an anecdote: - Yesterday I spoke to my friend. I asked him: How is going? He told me: As always, work & home. But today I am very tired. I said: Your working day is over, you can go home and sleep immediately. And he answered: No, I can't go to sleep early. I asked: Why? He said: There is a football match tonight, I can't miss it. I said: But you're tired, you can watch it later. And he replied: No, I must watch this match, otherwise my team will lose (knock on the board three times). I was surprised, he really believed that without him his team would lose. - What do we call the people who have such beliefs? (superstitious). Tell Ss: - Today we're going to speak about sportspeople's superstitions. Ask Ss (open class): - Do you know any sports players who are superstitious? Elicit the meaning of "bounce" (show a picture). Write the name of the article "If I bounce the ball five times" on the w/b. Ask Ss: - How do you think the sentence might continue? (I'll win the point/game...)

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading task

Pre-teach / elicit / check the understanding of the lexis: rituals, confined to, spectator, to tie the shoe laces, to be convinced, a lucky charm, reveal, score. Give examples, show pictures. Write the words on the w/b. Drill them chorally and individually. Point out the Glossary under the text. Show HO1, tell the Ss: - Now you're going to read this article. There are 6 paragraphs. Read each of them carefully and try to understand what they're about. Under the text there are 6 possible names for each paragraph, they are called "topic sentences". Chose an appropriate topic sentence (A-F) and complete the gaps. One is done for you already. - Now compare your answers with a partner. Check the answers with w/c: 2 b, 3 e, 4 a, 5 c, 6 d.

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ask Ss: - What do we call a person who has a strong interest in a particular sport? Fan. - What do we call a person who watches at a sport game? Spectator. Tell Ss: - Now read the article again and answer the question: - Who does the article say are superstitious: sports players, sports fans, TV spectators, or all of them? Check the answer in w/c (All of them).

Post-Reading #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Regrouping: - Now stand up and choose a partner. Show HO2 & HO3, tell Ss: - There are two parts A & B. As will read about a professional golfer Tiger Woods and a former footballer Kolo Toure. Bs will read about a former footballer Laurent Blanc and a former professional racing driver Alexander Wurz. Give an example: I'll give A part to (S' name) and B part to (S'name). Don't show it to each other, read individually. Then turn the page and tell your partner about the sportspeople's superstitions. Also in your pairs, decide which superstition is the strangest. Nominate 2 Ss and get feedback.

Personalisation (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to share their own superstitions

Tell Ss; - Now in groups of three/four, talk about your own superstitions, e.g. when you're playing or watching sport, or before an exam or an important meeting. Do you do something special or unusual? Like me, for example: When I leave home and I realise that I forgot something, I come back home, take that thing and before going out again I'll certainly look at the mirror, otherwise I believe something bad can happened. Now, discuss your superstitions and decide which one of them is the strangest one. Nominate 1 student from each group to tell about the strangest superstition in their group.

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