Madina Madina

Superstitions around the world
B1 level


Abc 11 superstitions Russians still believe
Abc 11 spooky superstitions
Abc 10 Turkish superstitions
Abc Picture of a ladder
Abc Picture of throwing water on the road
Abc Picture of fingers crossed
Abc Picture of evil eye
Abc Picture of a clover
Abc Picture of number 13
Abc Assorted headlines

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson Ss will have practiced skimming and reading for deeper comprehension in the context of “Superstitions around the world”

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson Ss will have practiced speaking in the context of “Superstitions around the world”


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

Using a mind map with a blank center T is to elicit the theme of the lesson, by gradually adding pictures around the bubble. T is to get Ss to brainstorm. T is to ask Ss afterwards what’s other superstitions they know.

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

T is to show Ss the list of real and made up superstitions and ask them to decide in pairs which ones are real.

While-Reading #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Ss are given a paragraph each and they are to match the headlines from a previous task to their paragraph.

While-Reading #2 (16-20 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

T is to give Ss a paragraph containing a superstition each and tell them that they will need to retell the paragraph to their group after they read. Ss are given 3-5 minutes to read the paragraph and then they take turns retelling the paragraph to each other. After all Ss have finished reading their paragraphs and before they retell, T is to tell Ss: “After Osman tells us about the superstition he has read about, I want you to decide if this superstition is very believable (green card), hard to believe (red card) or somewhat believable (yellow card). And in the end we will pick the most and the least believable superstition”

Post-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T: “If you could make any superstition, what would it be about? Think for a minute and share with a partner” PW

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