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Percentages - video lesson (youtube)

Subject taught
- Math


Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

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 video 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;
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. The video lasts 8:52. How to use it: The video should be demonstrated after introducing the topic. It should be stopped every time key words appear on the screen. Teacher should make sure that the students understand not only the key words but the other words that appear on the screen as well. The video should also be stopped once examples of converting percent into fractions or converting percent into its decimal value is presented for students to have time to complete similar tasks individually and to compare the results working in pairs. After watching the video, students are asked if they remember, what real life examples of using percentages were given in the video. They are also invited to work in pairs and to think of more examples where percentages could be used. Students share their ideas with their classmates, the teacher comments students’ ideas and gives more examples to prove that percentages are important for understanding the financial aspects of everyday life. Possible difficulties for the students: students whose knowledge of English is poor can face difficulties as the presenter speaks very fast.

Strength: The video convincingly explains that percentages are used widely and in many areas. The animation is used to visualise the theory. The information is presented in an attractive way. The teaching resource is easy to use and understand. It encourages students to actively participate in the lesson and develop their communicative skills. The source is reliable and it is a perfect additional material teaching about percentages. The content prepared professionally and can successfully be used in the classroom and for individual studies. Weakness: Students whose level of English is poor may have difficulties understanding the content. Pedagogical value: the teaching material can improve student’s self-directed learning skills.

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