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Teaching Resource: Heliocentric model-Universe today

Subject taught
- Physics


Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Speaking

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
To be able to frame the scientific findings in a historical contest.

• The general aims are 1. to get the students to understand that Physics is a discipline closely linked to other disciplines ,in particular History, Philosophy and Science .The development of scientific thought with its subsequent discoveries and applications must be framed in a historical ,logical and chronological context. 2. To acquire and to interpret information in a critical way through different contexts and through different communicative instruments. 3. To estimate scientific credibility of the source and to discern the difference between facts and opinions. 4. To communicate and to understand different languages (daily, technical, literary, scientific) and to use them in different contexts. • The linguistic aims are to teach students a correct scientific language . They will have to read or to watch and to understand a scientific article or video. They will have to use a correct language when they have to explain a scientific topic. • The specific aims are to introduce Kepler’s laws and Newton’s law about universal gravitation through a historical approach. To let them know the different theories and opinions of Philosophers , Astronomers, Scientists from the antiquity to this day and in different parts of the world. • The target group age is 16 /18 • Level of competence in English is B1/B2. • The time required to use the resource with the students is four hours • Two hours to watch the video. The teacher must enrich the resource with explanations. But it would be even more useful and interesting the co-presence of the philosophy teacher who might further enrich the argument with historical, social and political information about the time and place where these scientists lived and about their life. Then the teacher splits the students into groups and gives each of them to research insights about a part of the topic, as homework Another two hours are used for the presentations of the students’ works. • The difficulties for the students are to place the scientific findings in their historical contest.

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