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Teaching Resource: Percentages_Exercises, Videos, Web Site/Portal

Subject taught
- Math


Type of Product
- Exercises
- Videos
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
The resource helps students to develop their self–directed learning and problem solving skills while learning to understand what a percentage is and how it can be used in real life situations.

General aims: The general aims of the resource are to explain what a percentage is, how to use it in real life situations and how to apply percentage calculations. Linguistic aims: To introduce key vocabulary: percentages, per cent, one hundredth, fractions, decimals, fractional parts; to use key vocabulary to explain what a percentage is and how it can be used in real life situations; to understand the content. Subject specific aims: To understand what the word percent means; to learn how it can be converted to a fraction; to understand what a “whole fraction” and an “improper fraction” means; to learn to convert any fraction into its decimal value; to re-write a percentage as a decimal number; To understand the importance and relevance of percentage calculations: pay rises, allowance rises, interest rates, discounts on sale items etc.; To analyse the examples of percentage calculations and to learn to work through percentage calculation problems. Target group age: lower secondary school students (13-14 years old). Level of competence in English (CEFR) B1/B1+ Time required to use the resource with the students depends on the aim of the lesson. It could be used for one or two lessons (45 – 90 min). How to use it: The teacher distributes copies of the worksheets to the students. Working individually, students revise the topic of percentages and get ready to answer the questions: What is a percentage? What is the formula for calculating percentages? After revising the theory, analysing examples of percentage calculations and analysing a common error when finding a percentage, students get other worksheets and work on percentage calculations individually. To understand the calculations better, similar types of problems to those in the examples are solved in a series of three mini-lessons on Calculating with Percent. Possible difficulties for the students: students whose knowledge of English is poor can face difficulties understanding the text.

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