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Probability

Subject taught
- Math

Link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzfWUEJjG18

Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

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

Description
General aims:
Student will be able to determine the probability of an event using the results of an experiment. Student will be able to solve basic mathematical problems connected with probability which can be used in the real life. Student will know the language and patterns associated with probability. Student will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.

Linguistic aims:
- to read English with ease
- to understanding content
- to communicate reading experiences
- to learn from written texts
- to master tools for gathering information
- to express understanding and experiences
- to enable students to understand topic correctly
- to develop academic language
- to translate words connected with probability in English into the mother tongue using one’s own words.

Subject specific aims:
- to familiarise students with the ways in which we talk about uncertainty
- to engage students in activities which will give them contact with the ideas of probability
- student is able to determine the probability of an event using the results of an experiment
- student is able to use a scale from 0 to 1 to informally place everyday chance-related events
-student is able to represent and interpret probabilities as fractions or decimal.

Target group age:
Students from primary school (13-14 years old), before using the resource they need to know how to do basic operation with fractions, decimals and percentages. What is more, this video can be used by anyone who wants to do extend one’s knowledge about probability . Also, by grade teachers who wants to teach probability using English.

Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1/B1+

Time required to use the resource with the students:
The teacher can use the resource with the students for one lessons. Video lasts 11:28 minutes.

How to use it
Before using the video during one’s classes, the students should be able to do basic operation with fractions, decimals and percentages.
The teacher asks students to watch the video and does pauses in certain moments to give students opportunity to make notes, asks questions and develop some problems presented in the video.
During lessons the teacher should ask the student in English:
“What is the probability of events?”
“What is probability of flipping tails?”
“What is the probability line?”
“What kind of experiments presented in the video do you remember?”
“A die is thrown once. What is the probability that the score is a number 6?”
The students give the answers with the examples. The teacher should give them a feedback and show students more examples on the black table. 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 in their own words. Students should do similar exercises in pairs. The teacher gives a feedback to the students and helps them.
Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content. Students who has problems doing basic operations decimals can face difficulties in solving math problems with probability.

Comments
The resource provides interesting self-directed learning, it can be used by teachers as a model to help them teach their own students how to solve probability problems using English. The strength of the video is a rich content, visuals, clarity of explanation, and funny jokes presented by the teacher in the video. It presents an easy way to remember the steps for solving probability problems and uncluttered, understandable strategies which are easy for students to remember and for teachers to teach. What is more, the academic language presented in the video helps to develop academic vocabulary. In my opinion this video is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students and teachers, it is intuitive and usable. The resource is focused on ease of use, and ease of watching. Consistent design allows the user to focus on the message. The resource could provide a wider range of different types of exercises.

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