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A Model House: Isometric and perspective drawings

Subject taught
- Technology


Type of Product
- Articles
- Exercises
- Videos
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Students will develop self-motivation, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills.

General aims
Students will explore isometric and perspective drawings which are commonly used in technical drawing to show an item in 3D on a 2D page. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (isometric and perspective drawings). Students will develop positive learning habits (organisational and problem-solving skills).

Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
- read English texts with ease
- reflect on their reading experience and share it with their peers
- get the main ideas from a text
- comprehend the topic correctly
- translate words connected with the topic (isometric and perspective drawings) from English into their mother tongue.

Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- describe isometric drawings and perspective drawings
- provide solutions to related issues

Target groups age:
Students from high school 15+ years old. What is more, this web site can be used by anyone who wants to do extend knowledge on the topic.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour

How to use it
The teacher tells students the title of the text and also gives them the drawings accompanying the text. Then s/he has them speculate in pairs what to expect from the text. Class discussion follows. The teacher chooses the functional language parts that students are going to use in the lesson and makes a list: it is used for…/It is used to…/X show(s)…. Students are given a handout with the list. They are asked to read the text, find the structures from the list in the text and write them in the appropriate category.
The teacher tells one student to read the first paragraph and corrects pronunciation if necessary. S/he tells students to highlight new expressions (which they would like to remember and use themselves) and share them with class. S/he elicits translations or explains/defines/translates only when students cannot help. The new phrases are written on the board. The teacher repeats these steps for the following paragraphs. The teacher tells students to memories these expressions. S/he sets a suitable time limit.
Then s/he asks students to describe the drawings by using the expressions chosen. The teacher asks students to do the problem by following the given example.

Follow up: students can go in-depth and explore other links related to the discussed points.

Possible difficulties for the students

Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

The strengths of the web site lie in the clarity of explanations, photographs, embedded dictionary. There are: - clear accessible explanations - embedded dictionary with clear and easy explanations - examples illustrated by pictures - a demonstration/model of a problem, a problem to solve, its solution This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students. It is well-organised and accessible. The layout highlights the most important points. Its embedded dictionary facilitates understanding so when students come across words they do not know they can click on the work and have it clarified. The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, collaborative work).

Related Video Lessons

Model House Part 1

Model House Part 2