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Collection of Reviewed Teaching Resources

The force of gravity

Subject taught
- Physics

Link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PSjARmmL7M

Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Speaking

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Student will develop team work, analytical skills and problem-solving skills.

Description
General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon and provide solutions to related issues in their context. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (The force of gravity). Students will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.
Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
-listen to English videos with ease
-reflect on their listening experience and share it with their peers
-get the main ideas from a video
-comprehend the topic correctly
-translate words connected with the topic (The force of gravity) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
-explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1+/B2
Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour

How to use it
The teacher introduces the topic (The force of gravity) and the video. In this video Professor Mac explains the law of gravitation and performs an exciting experiment which demonstrates the consequence of the law on free falling objects. Then the teacher gives students a list of words (not more than 10/15) some of which are related to the topic and others are not. The teacher asks students to go through the list and underline the words they think are related to the video. The teacher sets a time limit; then students watch the video (up to minute 2.57) and compare their predictions with their findings (checking understanding of the words/ mother tongue versions). The teacher sets students into pairs and asks them to find answers to some questions related to the video (What is weight? What do scales display? Are mass and weight the same? up to minute 2.57). Then the teacher launches an intriguing question: if you drop a large apple and a small apple from a tall building, which one will hit the ground first? Students are invited to find out the answer by watching the last section of the video after negotiating their answers with their peers.
Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

Comments
•Strengths: It is easy to use. The animation is short, well organised and its images are suggestive. It provides students with structured information related to the topic. •Weakness – The presence of ads may be distracting for some students. •Scientific reliability: The source is reliable. •The activity can be done individually or in pairs. It encourages collaborative learning and self–directed learning.

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