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The Force of Gravity

Subject taught
- Physics

Link
https://phys.org/news/2016-12-strong-gravity-earth.html

Type of Product
- Articles
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Reading
- Speaking

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Students will develop self-directed learning and peer assisted learning skills.

Description
The students will be able to explain what the force of gravity is and will learn how to calculate the gravitational force.
Linguistic aims:
- to practice reading skills,
- to expand active vocabulary,
- to expand topic related vocabulary,
- to improve speaking skills,
Subject specific aims:
- to explain what the force of gravity is,
- to learn the definition of gravity,
- to expand knowledge on Universal Gravitation and Relativity.

Target group age: 16 – 18 years old secondary school students.
Level of competence in English is (CEFR) B1/B1+.
Time required to use the source with students: 20 minutes.
How to use it
As the resource can be used in PDF format, teachers can makes copies of the article. Students read the article individually. Students read the text and translate unknown words into their native language using dictionaries or asking teacher for help and write them down into their notes. While reading the text students will deepen their knowledge on the force of gravity.
Students will not only revise, but also expand the topic related vocabulary and will be able to translate key words and use them while talking about the force of gravity.
After working with the text students should be able to explain what the force of gravity is, should be able to answer the questions: What would happen to us if the force of gravity disappeared? How fast objects fall towards the Earth because of the gravity? What does the force of gravity depend on? How does the force of gravity change depending on where you are standing on it?

Possible difficulties for students. Students who have poor knowledge of English may have difficulties understanding the text and answering the questions.

Comments
Strength: The information is presented in an attractive way. The teaching resource is easy to use and understand. The source is reliable and is a perfect additional material teaching about the force of gravity. Scientific reliability: the teaching resource is prepared professionally. Pedagogical value: the teaching material can be used in the classroom and at home, working individually. The resource could also be recommended as an additional material for students who show more intertest in the subject.

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