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Collection of Reviewed Teaching Resources

A Model House: Making a Cardboard Model House

Subject taught
- Technology


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

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Reading
- Speaking

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

General aims
Students will be able to describe how to build a cardboard house. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (building a model house). 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 (greenhouse effect) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- describe how to make a cardboard model house
Target groups age:
Students from high school 14+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour

How to use it
The teacher prepares a list of words (not more than 15): some of the words are related to the topic and others are not (door, windows, sofa, roof, square, armchair, edge, glue, park, shoe box, shape, removable, paper, bottom, top). The teacher presents the topic: Making a Cardboard Model House. The teacher asks students to go through the list and underline the words they think are related to the text. The teacher sets a time limit; then s/he asks students to read the text and checks with the whole class and solves any open questions (unknown expressions) with the whole class. Students should be encouraged to provide the answers. The teachers aks students to build the house following the steps given in the text.
• Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content. The teacher should revise the verbs needed in this context (use, close, cut, reach, draw, leave, glue, set in place).

The strengths of the web site lie in the clarity of explanations and photographs. The language is simple and encouraging for beginners. There are: - clear accessible explanations - examples illustrated by pictures - a guided step by step experience students can embark on This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students. The text is well-organised and accessible. The layout highlights the most important points. The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, project work etc).

Related Video Lessons

Model House Part 1

Model House Part 2