Teaching Practice 5
B1 - Intermediate level
• To provide practice in gist, scan, detailed, deduction and inference reading, in the context of magicians and magic tricks.
• To give students practice speaking about illusions, magic tricks and magicians. • To review and practice vocabulary related to this context.
Procedure (38-45 minutes)
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.