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Photosynthesis - stages and products

Subject taught
- Biology


Type of Product
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

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

Students will be able to explain what photosynthesis is, its stages and products. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (photosynthesis). Students will develop positive learning habits such as 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 (photosynthesis) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- explain what photosynthesis is, its stages and products
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old. What is more, this web site can be used by anyone who wants to do extend knowledge about photosynthesis.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
Time required to use the resource with the students:
The material can be covered in one class.

How to use it
The teacher will set the class into five groups and allocate each group one paragraph: definition, equation, the light reactions, Calvin cycle and products. Students read and take notes on the asigned issues. They have to present the notes to the rest of the class and use the photos provided by the site to explain the process (the photos can be magnified). A class discussion may follow with contributions to the topic from all students. Students can take the automated test on the site.
The teacher highlights some new words for students in English and students should find the translation these words into the mother tongue and write down the new words in English in the notebook with the right translation.
Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

The resource provides interesting self-directed learning. The strengths of the web site lie in the clarity of explanations and its quiz. There are: - clear accessible explanations - embedded dictionary with clear and easy explanations - examples illustrated by pictures - a quiz This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students; it is well-organised and accessible. Consistent design allows the user to focus on the message. The layout highlights the most important points. It introduces students into the subject with the definition of the conceptfollowed by its stages and products. 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, project work). The content is basic.

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