Rana Rana

Teaching Practice 5
B1 - Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will gain practice in gist, scan, detailed, deduction and inference reading in the context of illusions and magic tricks. Students will work individually, in pairs and in groups. We will use the guided discovery method. The post-reading stage will have a speaking activity (discussion of some content from the text). At the end of the lesson, ss will be given instruction sheets to do tricks on each other.


Abc Course Book

Main Aims

  • • To provide practice in gist, scan, detailed, deduction and inference reading, in the context of magicians and magic tricks.

Subsidiary Aims

  • • To give students practice speaking about illusions, magic tricks and magicians. • To review and practice vocabulary related to this context.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

In order to engage the students and get them interested in the new topic, I set a task and show a 2 minute video. Their task, while watching the video, is to see how many magic tricks they can identify in the video. After the video ends, students discuss in pairs what they've seen and compare notes. (Start eliciting some words at this stage and put them on the white board).

Pre-Reading Exposure (3-4 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

I divide the students into groups. I give each group the short text from the course book blown big, along with some cut out words. They are told to replace each italic word in the text with a word from the cut out slips. They are given 2 minutes to do the task. Groups check each other's work. Then, I give them the answer key.

While-Reading Task #1 (4-5 minutes) • To get the gist of an expression used in the text

Sts are told to read “The Tricks of the Trade” article very quickly and choose the best explanation for “the secret is really out of the bag.” They peer-check. We quickly go over the answer as WC at the end (WCFB).

While Reading Task #2 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with practice in reading for detail

Next I give students some true (T) or false (F) questions and ask them to read the text again. When they finish, first peer-check, then WCFB (answers reflected on the WB).

While-Reading Task #3 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading task

Sts are given a handout containing some words and two definitions for each word. They find the words in the article and choose the best definition for each. (I have modified the exercise in the course book and added more words and definitions to it from the article). When they finish, they do peer-check. Answer key is given.

Post-Reading activity (7-8 minutes) • To give students an opportunity to reflect on the text and practice speaking about magicians and magic tricks

Students will work in groups (4 groups if possible). They will have to discuss in their group and decide whether what the Masked Magician (Lenny Montano) did was right or wrong. At the end of 5 minutes, I will call on the groups to give their answer to the whole class, with their rationale for thinking so.

Post-Reading activity #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Sts are divided into 2 groups. Group A practices Trick A, and Group B practices Trick B. I give each group specific instructions. Then students from the two groups are paired as A-B and each student does their trick to the other one. While doing the tricks they will have practice with speaking. I will monitor and note any errors of speech. When the activity is over, I will do some error correction on the white board.

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