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Lenses – a short history of optics

Subject taught
- Physics


Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking

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

General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (Lenses – a short history of optics). Students will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.
Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
-listen English video with ease
-reflect on their listening experience and share it with their peers
-get the main ideas
-comprehend the topic correctly
-translate words connected with the topic (Lenses – a short history of optics) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
-explain the phenomenon
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour
•How to use it
Students watch the video at the following link ( The video may make an interesting introduction to optics that can raise students’ curiosity. The video suggests that practical matters led to the advancement of optics. It also presents instruments (microscop, telescope etc). that enhanced vision by allowing us to see things that aren't visible to the naked eye. The video is accompanied by a short test that students can take to check the understanding of the video. Students can further explore the list of resources as home assignment.
After watching the video, students brainstorm new vocabulary used in the video and note the context and the meaning of the words. For homework, the teacher asks students to find other videos related to the topic.
•Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

Strengths: The video is engaging as it provides visual explanation and additional visualization, which would be especially useful for students who have visual memory. Students can watch it at home again and review some sections if they want to. Thus they will be able to catch up with their peers if they missed anything during the class. Scientific reliability: This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students; it is well-organised and accessible. Pedagogical value: The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, project work).

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