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The Power of Surprise

Actualizado: 5 feb 2023

Topics: General English / Business English - surprise - self-perception - self-esteem

Level: B1+ and above

Skills: Speaking and Reading

Link to original article: The Power of Surprise by Tania Luna (Psychology Today)

Link to Tania Luna's website:

Link to Tania Luna's talk: A powerful lesson on surprise


  • To talk about surprise

  • To express feelings and opinion about surprise

  • To describe, compare and pictures (visual literacy)

  • To make predictions before reading an adapted article

  • To read for gist and for detail

  • To analyze purpose and tone of an article (critical thinking)

  • To express opinion about an article

  • To relate the topic to students' personal and professional lives

  • To do a role-play using lexis and language from the lesson

  • To choose bonus tasks (optional)

Use of language & lexis:

  • To use Simple Present and Simple Past to talk about surprise

  • To learn / review vocabulary about the topic

  • To learn / review adjectives to describe an article

  • To learn / review prefixes and suffixes for adjectives

  • To learn / review prefix "self-" for nouns

Surprise...! - Ss worksheet
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Surprise...! - Ts notes
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What a wonderful topic! It also made me look up different expressions for expressing your surprise.

Silvina Mascitti
Silvina Mascitti
07 de fev. de 2023
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Thanks, Audrey!!! Glad you like it and your idea about the expressions sounds great too!! 😍

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