ERIC Number: ED248730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Pulling Words Out of a Hat: Magic in ESL Lessons.
Friedenberg, Randi D.
Magic motivates students to talk, and stimulates the affective domain. While watching magic, many people imagine how the effect is accomplished or how they might perform the trick if they were performing. This can be extended into an English lesson by using phrases such as, "If I were a magician, I could..." Total physical response activities take on a new meaning when students participate in a short magical effect. For teachers, the trick is to connect a magical theme with a lesson objective, and for the magic trick to be effective with an ESL lesson, the lesson should be limited to one special word and one concept, serving as a vehicle to reinforce vocabulary. Magic can also be incorporated into reading lessons, since it is a popular theme for children's books. Students like to repeat the magic words as the teacher reads the story, and later the students can retell the story, dictate chart stories, or make experience charts as a class. Another way to incorporate magic into a reading lesson is to write directions for a magic trick on a chart, and during any magic performance, the magician repeats the same series of commands. Other suggestions for potential use of magic in classroom lessons involve colors, safety measures, shapes, counting, math, spelling, topology, size comparisons, and spatial positions. Many easy magic tricks are available in children's magic books, and children's math books include many optical illusions that make good discussion topics. It is important to use imagination, practice the magic, keep it simple, and have fun. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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