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Fata Morgana

Subject taught
- Physics

Link
https://www.farmersalmanac.com/fata-morgana-mirage-28630

Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Speaking
- Writing

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

Description
General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects and provide solutions to related problems in their context. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (Fata Morgana). 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 (greenhouse effect) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1+/B2
Time required to use the resource with the students: 1 hour

How to use it
The teacher asks students to read the text to get the main ideas; short class discussion follows. Then the teacher divides the class into teams (smaller groups of four). Next, the teacher assigns one section of the text for each team. Each team should then create questions based on their section of text (the teacher gives examples and encourages any type of questions: scanning and skimming questions, vocabulary-based questions or discussion questions). After the students have written the questions, each group should ask the other groups their questions. The groups of students go with their questions in the order of the text, starting with the first group’s questions and ending with the last group’s questions. Class discussion on the topic may follow; the teacher may encourage students to research and find their own examples from the internet.
Possible difficulties for the students

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

Comments
Strengths: The resource provides interesting self-directed learning. The strengths of the web site lie in the clarity of explanations. The resource is visually appealing to students as it provides suggestive pictures illustrating the topic. Scientific reliability: This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students; it is well-organised and accessible. The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, project work).

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