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Take a Closer Look at Plastic

Subject taught
- Biology
- Chemistry


Type of Product
- e-book

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Student will develop key competences, such as problem-solving, data analysis, written and verbal communication.

General aims:
- to know how plastic is produce
- to raise awareness of the amount of plastic we use in real life
- to know the language and patterns associated with plastic
- to develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.

Linguistic aims:
- to read English with ease
- to understand the content
- to learn from written texts
- to master tools for gathering information
- to express opinion
- to enable students to understand the topic correctly
- to translate words connected with plastic and plastic pollution in English into the mother tongue using their own words.

Subject specific aims:
- to familiarise students with the ways in which plastic is produced and used
- to raise students' awareness about the problem of plastic pollution
- to enable students to think of ways of recycling plastic
- to enable students to distinguish between various types of plastic
- to enable students to think of new ways of reusing plastic

Target group age:
The e-book is aimed at 9-12-year-old native speakers of English. Therefore, it can be suitable for non-native students of 13-14. This e-book can be used by anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of plastic, recycling, plastic pollution. Also, the resource is recommended to teachers who want to teach about the topic using English.

Level of competence in English (CEFR)

Time required to use the resource with the students:
The e-book contains 4 chapters so it is recommended to use the resource during 2 lessons.

How to use it
Before using the e-book during one’s classes, the students should be aware of the problem of plastic pollution. The teacher should ask the students to read the resource at home before the lesson and then discuss the issues in class, focusing on mastering the new vocabulary and using it in practice. The students might get the answers and feedback at the end of the book.

Possible difficulties for the students
Students whose level of English is poor might have problems with understanding the content.

“Take a Closer Look at Plastic“ e-book by JoAnn Early Macken is an interesting self-directed learning resource. It is available on website for free; it just requires registering. The resource can be used by teachers as an introduction to the topic of plastic and plastic pollution or it might be assigned to students as a self-studying resource. The main strength of the e-book is clear explanations, lots of visuals and real-life examples. The resource contains a glossary with the most important vocabulary, which will allow students to practice the new terms and think about the issue seriously. In my opinion, this e-book is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students and teachers as it is a very useful resource. It’s another advantage is the possibility to get the definition of each word, just by clicking on it. The resource also contains a list of selected bibliography and useful websites that can be used in and after class.

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