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Collection of Reviewed Teaching Resources

Tricks of the light: RAINBOWS

Subject taught
- Physics


Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Speaking
- Writing

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

General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon and talk about how rainbows are formed. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (rainbows). Students will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.
Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
- Listen to the English passages with ease
- reflect on their listening experience and share it with their peers
- get the main ideas from a listening passage
- comprehend the topic correctly
- translate words connected with the topic 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+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
Time required to use the resource with the students: 30 minutes

• How to use it
Teachers asks students to watch the video and while watching the video to take notes on the following topics: what is a rainbow, size and shape, colours (acronym), how a rainbow is created and how to create a rainbow indoors (explanations). A writing template can be provided to facilitate the note-taking activity and scaffold the learning of the students who are least able. Teacher set students in pairs and students exchange their notes with a colleague and peer assess the work to deepen their understanding. Class discussion on rainbows follows.
Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

Using videos in class makes learning easier and more engaging for students. With the help from videos the outside world is brought into the classroom and abstract concepts become more concrete and therefore more comprehensible. The resource is visually appealing to students as it provides suggestive images illustrating the topic. The video is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students. The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, project work).

Related Video Lessons

Trick of The Light 1: Rainbows