Exemplary English Units

CLIL Open Online Learning

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Each of the units below indicates a particular learner level (A1-C2). A summary of the unit’s content is provided, along with a description of how the unit addresses the 5 main areas of CLIL (Content, Communication, Cognition, Competences, and Community). Learn more about CLIL:: http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html

Towns and Villages in Malta

Learner level

A1/A2

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Description

This unit explores the characteristics of the some Maltese towns and villages througha number of interactive activities

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Content

This unit explores the characteristics of the some Maltese towns and villages througha number of interactive activities

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Communication

•The structure 'there is' / 'there are';

•vocabulary related to what one can see in a town/village

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Cognition

Learners will:

  • name items one sees in any street around town;
  • apply their knowledge by identifying characteristics and reporting them to other learners;
  • analyse the characteristics of towns and villages in Malta and compare them to towns and villages in their countries

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Competences

Learners will be better able to ;

  • read for detail;
  • use topic related vocabulary to share information;
  • use the stucture 'there is' / 'there are';
  • collaborate in pairs and/or teams.

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Community

Awareness of characteristics of towns and villages and how these influence activity in the said places.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8022

Geographical Features of Malta

Learner level

A1/A2

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Description

This unit names and describes some of the geographical features of the Islands of Malta and indicates where they can be found on the islands

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Content

A description of the different geographical features around the Maltese Islands

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Communication

  • The use of the articles in English - a/an, the or no article
  • topic related vocabulary

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Cognition

Learners will:

  • name the different geographical features;
  • apply their knowledge by identifying characteristics and completing a graphic organiser;
  • evaluate some sites to decide which ones to visit and justify their choice.

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Competences

Learners will be better able to:

  • use topic related vocabulary to share information;
  • use the articles in English
  • transfer information from text to graphic organiser;
  • collaborate in pairs and/or groups.

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Community

Awareness of different geographical features which should lead to appreciation and preservation of natural beauty.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8009

One Town, Three Legends

Learner level

A1/A2

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Description

In this unit learners can read three legends that originate from the town of Mosta. Each of these legends gives a tiny snapshot of life in Malta in the 14th century. They also reflect the fears and believes of the common people. Each legend is a clilstore unit in itself and has its own set of activiities.

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Content

In this unit learners can read three legends that originate from the town of Mosta. Each of these legends gives a tiny snapshot of life in Malta in the 14th century. They also reflect the fears and believes of the common people. Each legend is a clilstore unit in itself and has its own set of activiities.

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Communication

This unit deals mainly with the past simple

Legend 1 focuses on the regular past simple forms.

Legend 2 focuses on the irregular past simple forms

Legend 3 focuses on wh-question forms

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Cognition

Learners will:

  • look up and explain vocabulary to fill in crossword;
  • analyse sentences to put them in a logical order to create the legends
  • identify similarities between the legends covered and other legends in their countries
  • predict the ending of the legends

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Competences

Learners will be better able to:

  • use topic related vocabulary to share information
  • use the past simple regular and irregular forms
  • form questions correcly
  • read and listen for gist and detail

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Community

Sharing legends and stories from different cultures and discussing their significance in towns and villages today

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8056

Discover Comino

Learner level

B1/B1+

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Description

In this unit learners can read three legends that originate from the town of Mosta. Each of these legends gives a tiny snapshot of life in Malta in the 14th century. They also reflect the fears and believes of the common people. Each legend is a clilstore unit in itself and has its own set of activiities.

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Content

In this unit learners can read three legends that originate from the town of Mosta. Each of these legends gives a tiny snapshot of life in Malta in the 14th century. They also reflect the fears and believes of the common people. Each legend is a clilstore unit in itself and has its own set of activiities.

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Communication

This unit deals mainly with the past simple

Legend 1 focuses on the regular past simple forms.

Legend 2 focuses on the irregular past simple forms

Legend 3 focuses on wh-question forms

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Cognition

Learners will:

  • look up and explain vocabulary to fill in crossword;
  • analyse sentences to put them in a logical order to create the legends
  • identify similarities between the legends covered and other legends in their countries
  • predict the ending of the legends

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Competences

Learners will be better able to:

  • use topic related vocabulary to share information
  • use the past simple regular and irregular forms
  • form questions correcly
  • read and listen for gist and detail

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Community

Sharing legends and stories from different cultures and discussing their significance in towns and villages today

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8080

Manoel Island

Learner level

B1/B1+

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Description

This an activity using Malta's Fort St.Manoel as content.
Task 1-5 focuses on the use of adjectives whilst discovering Malta's Fort St. Manoel.
Task 6-10 focuses on the use of passives whilst discovering Malta's Fort St. Manoel.

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Content

Fort Manoel history and current renovation project

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Communication

Adjective Noun Combinations and use of passive forms in English

Involves reading, listening, video, interactive and individual tasks. The f inal task is to present creative and original work to peers.

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Cognition

Random Pairing machine warmer to check learner knowledge and understanding different adjective noun combinations usng the multidict function.

Applying newly learnt vocabulary to different contexts. Analyzing the Fort Manoel restoration project in the context of other such projects

Evaluating the work done on Manoel Island and finally creating a similar project for another site of their own choice

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Competences

Functional and Interpersonal language skills involving reading, listening, video comprehension and discussion.

Online technology skills. Creative thinking skills.

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Community

Cultural Awareness, etymology and history sharing.

Awareness of the need to restore and safeguard sites that are culturally, locally or globally important to mankind

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8047

Malta Film Tour

Learner level

B2

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Description

Task Based Project using an introduction to Comino as a topic and tasks meant to scaffold learner's abilities to produce and share similar information about their own home town or country.

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Content

Internationally well known films and tv series filmed in Malta.

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Communication

Functional and interactive language about films and tv series.

Likes and dislikes, discussion about films. Reading and video comprehension.

Finding Film locations around Malta

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Cognition

Feedback on learner knowledge about films. Giving information about films and shooting location. Applying and finding these locations on the map.

Analyzing a specific film of their own choice and evaluating the possibilities of touring the shooting locations

Drawing up an original itinery / tour.

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Competences

CALP film language. Language competence skills at a B1 /B2 level.

Personal skills involving describing film plots and persuading others to choose a particular film for the creative task.

Practical map reading and itineray planning skills.

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Community

Film and artistic mediums.

Locations in Malta that may be off the beaten tourist track

Understanding and respecting different tastes and aptitude in film choice.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8041

Mellieha

Learner level

B1/B1+

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Description

This activity centres around the connection between the name 'Mellieħa' and it's history or folklore.
Learners are encouraged to tell their friends about folk tales that they know from their home town or country. Finally learners will produce ablog post recommending Mellieha to potential tourists.

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Content

Mellieha better and less known attractions

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Communication

Guessing games and sharing interests

Reading Comprehension and group work

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Cognition

Learners are encouraged to guess and share interests before reviewing input about Mellieha attractions and history.

Learners then have to modify and identify which information is useful to target a specific tourist group.

Learners have to synthesize and compose a blog post that justifies their choices

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Competences

CALP narrative language.

Language competence ln reading, writing and speaking at a B1 /B2 level.

Practical technological skills using web cam, street view and blog posts Interpersonal skills for teamwork.

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Community

Mellieha Culture and History as being part of international culture and history.

Sharing folktales from different communities.

Tourist choices in a global context.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8040

Haunted Houses in Malta

Learner level

B1+/B2

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Description

This is a set of activities that are split between learners working on Haunted Houses in Malta A and others on Haunted Houses in Malta B. Cooperation between the two groups is vital if they are to complete the tasks.

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Content

Stories about haunted houses and a hidden history lesson

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Communication

Mutual dictation exercise making use of multidict functions.

Helping partners to understand the story. Jigsaw reading and use of expert group. Peer to peer teaching and learning.

Functional language, describing sentence structure, spelling and explaining vocabulary.

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Cognition

Learners have to repeat input, paraphrase stories and demonstrate new language to peers.

Learners then have to distinguish and assemble different parts of a story.

The end task is an open task, but it could ask learners to share their own haunted house stories to the class and eventually create similar exercises using their stories.

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Competences

Giving instructions, spelling, explaining vocabulary at B2 level

Teaching skills.

Active listening skills

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Community

Haunted houses as a common community topic

Historical input and information about Heritage sites

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8046

Shopping in Malta

Learner level

B1+/B2

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Description

This is a set of activites about shopping habits in different countries or by different types of buyers like tourists in Malta

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Content

Shopping Idioms and Habits

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Communication

Pair Work Shopping idioms

Discussion about tourist shopping with reading and slideshow activities

Group task

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Cognition

Learners have to describe their shopping habits before predicting tourist shopping habits.

Learners have to practice shopping idioms and then relate them to practical tasks.

Eventually the lerner have to plan and justify their decisions.

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Competences

Language Competence at B1 level.

Shopping idioms and phrases.

Argumentative skills and speaking.

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Community

Shopping in different cultures

Shopping for souvenirs

Typical souvenirs in different countries.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8068

Malta The Lost Atlantis

Learner level

C1

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Description

"This activity is about engaging learners on a fact finding mission about the possibility that the islands of Mata are indeed the scattered remains of what once was the great empire of Atlantis. "

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Content

Historical and mythologial narrative, scientific expertise and argumentation.

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Communication

Discussion about Atlantis. Individual followed by a group fact finding task

Functional Language and Presentation skills

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Cognition

Learners have to remember and pool their own knowledge about Atlantis and myth before classifying facts.

Learners have to apply these facts, analyze and evaluate all information to create an original presentation and justification.

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Competences

Language competence at B1 level. History and narrative tenses.

Reading , organisational, argumentative and presentation skills including graphic and / or technological skills.

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Community

Human civilisation, myth and culture.Its relevance to today;s global community.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8090

Origins of Maltese Cuisine

Learner level

B1

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Description

This is a list of connected activities built around a text on the topic of Maltese food in an international context.

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Content

The origins of and influences on Maltese cuisine throughout the ages.

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Communication

Food vocabulary, preparation and ingredients.

Reading comprehension with functional language for describing food

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Cognition

Learners have to understand a text and fill in the gaps.

Then learners need to compare and contrast national cuisines and create a chart with their own information.

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Competences

Reading a text and filling in gaps; reading a table; working in pairs.

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Community

Understanding what has made Maltese cuisine what it is, comparing own food with Maltese food.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8061

Maltese transport system

Learner level

B1

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Description

These two units describe the Maltese transport system in the past and in the present via interactive activities and authentic material.

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Content

The Maltese transport system nowadays, and traditional transport methods of Malta.

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Communication

Specific vocabulary for means of transport

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Cognition

Learners have to read a text for gist, using the Multidict tool for words they don't understand.

Learners have to make a list of solutions to a problem.

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Competences

Reading texts for gist.

Compiling lists.

Discussing advantages and disadvantages.

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Community

Understanding the roots of Maltese transport.

Having a better idea why Maltese transport is the way it is.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8064 and Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8076

The English in Malta

Learner level

B1

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Description

This unit explores the influence of the British on Malta in a number of connected interactive activities.

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Content

British influence on the Maltese way of life.

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Communication

Discussion language for pair-work.

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Cognition

Learners discuss together, and then compile a list based on personal knowledge and a written text.

Learners create a text in their own words.

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Competences

Reading texts for gist.

Compiling lists.

Writing coherent text

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Community

Starting to see the British influence in different aspects of Maltese daily life.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8070

Mdina

Learner level

B1

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Description

This unit showcases the village of Mdina and introduces learners to unique aspects of it and to historical vocabulary.

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Content

Mdina - the old capital of Malta.

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Communication

General language for discussion.

Revision of sight-seeing/historical language which learners are already familiar with.

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Cognition

Learners have to use online tools to create new language-based content.

Learners have to synthesize information found online to achieve a task.

Learners have to justify their choices.

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Competences

Using online tools to create word-based images.

Using authentic websites to create a travel itinerary.

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Community

Learning more about Mdina and how to get there.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8078

San Anton Gardens

Learner level

B1

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Description

This unit describes the history of San Anton Gardens and introduces learners to curious facts about the gardens.

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Content

The history and rumours about San Anton Gardens and Villa Madama.

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Communication

Topic-specific vocabulary about gardens; grammar of irregular verbs.

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Cognition

Learners read a text for gist and detail; learners practice their existing knowledge of irregular verbs and apply it to new situations; learners create a text based on an example about a topic they are not familiar with.

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Competences

Reading a text with the use of a dictionary; reaching consensus with a partner; researching an unfamiliar topic and summarizing main points into a coherent text.

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Community

Learning about the history of the San Anton Gardens; associating Malta with their home country; learning more about familiar locations back home.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8089

The Maltese Language

Learner level

B2-C1

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Description

This unit is meant as a self-study unit. Students learn about the historical origin of the Maltese language and learn about the Semitic and Romantic influences on its development.

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Content

Brief elements of Maltese history and how this has influenced and fashioned the language as we know it today.

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Communication

As a self-study unit, students are encouraged to explore any new vocabulary through the Multidict feature. A gapped text, where whole sentences have been omitted, helps students focus on meaning in context. Students also learn some basic Maltese vocabulary.

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Cognition

Contextualization of language. Remembering and understanding the examples of Maltese vocabulary introduced in the text.

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Competences

Learners will

  • learn some historic facts that have influenced the language
  • learn some Maltese vocabulary
  • practise listening for detail
  • be better able to contextualize language

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Community

Learning more about the Maltese language, an official language within the European Union.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8023

Maltese Prehistoric Temples

Learner level

B2-C1

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Description

A self-study unit where students are introduced to the Maltese prehistoric temples. They watch a video which briefly describes a few of the prehistoric temple structures and discusses the ancient civilisation that created these impressive structures then mysteriously disappeared.

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Content

"An introduction to some temple structures: the cave complex known as the Xagħra Circle, Ġgantija Temples, Tarxien Temples and the Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni; and the Cart Ruts "

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Communication

As a self-study unit, students are encouraged to explore any new vocabulary, especially specific key words relating to temple structures.

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Cognition

Detailed listening / reading and using the Multidict feature to enhance understanding. Reinforcing understanding through matching definitions to words and phrases used in the text.

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Competences

Learners will

  • be able to talk about ancient structures
  • reinforce their understanding of specific key words relating to the topic
  • be encouraged to broaden their knowledge by reading further on the topic

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Community

Learning more about the prehistoric temple sites in Malta which are Unesco World Heritage Sites

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8049

Malta's Wayside Chapels

Learner level

B2-C1

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Description

This unit presents four of Malta's wayside chapels. These little chapels dot the Maltese countryside and offer a fascinating glimpse into Malta's history and folklore. Students read about the chapels’ location, structure, history and legends.tese countryside and offer a fascinating glimpse into Malta's history and folklore. Students read about the chapels’ location, structure, history and legends.

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Content

Details about 4 chapels: their location, structure and history. Also legends connected to each one of them.

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Communication

As a self-study unit students are encouraged to read about the chapels and explore any vocabulary using the multidict feature. Students also focus on various expressions used to present popular belief and conjecture rather than historical facts.

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Cognition

"Detailed reading and understanding of texts; matching images to text; sorting and analysing information relating to different chapels; sentence reconstruction"

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Competences

Students learn about Maltese Wayside Chapels and their importance to the island’s history and folklore. They will be able to describe and identify each chapel and use various expressions to talk about popular belief.

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Community

Reading and learning about Malta’s Wayside chapels offers an interesting glimpse into the country’s history, beliefs and traditions.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8059

Gardens of Malta

Learner level

B2-C1

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Description

In this unit students read about two locations that are not usually part of the typical touristic package: the Msida Bastion Historic Garden and Sa Maison Garden. These gardens present some interesting features of Malta's history, especially that related to the Birtish era.

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Content

Location of the gardens and the main features of each one; historical background.

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Communication

As a self-study unit students are encouraged to read about the gardens and explore any vocabulary using the multidict feature. There is a specific language focus on parts of speech and noun formation.

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Cognition

Detailed reading and understanding of texts; finding specific locations on map; sorting and classifying information related to the topic; analysing lanuage.

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Competences

Students learn the location of the gardens, can describe their main features and any historical facts relating to each one. They can also identify different parts of speech and change them into their noun equivalents.

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Community

Learners will explore and learn about locations that are not usually part of main tourist attractions. They will get an understanding of Malta as former British colony.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8072

What's in a Country?

Learner level

A2

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Description

This is a task based unit that evolves around things to see and do in Malta

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Content

An introduction to the different sights and activities in Malta presented through an interactive map and a reading.

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Communication

Verb + Noun Collocations

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Cognition

Online tools are used to aid with the comprehension of new vocabulary. Learners have to Read for gist using Multidict to facilitate the reading process and apply the newly learnt vocabulary to their own context.

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Competences

Learners will be able to describe things one can see and do when on holiday and use online tools to create shareable material. They will also be better able to read for gist.

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Community

Learners will familiarise themselves with what Malta has to offer.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8017

Il-Quccija

Learner level

A2

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Description

This unit explores a particular ceremony that is in the heart of Maltese society.

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Content

An old and unique tradition, its significance and the value it holds in today's world.

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Communication

Topic Specific Vocabulary

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Cognition

Learners will use various interactive activities using online tools to help with understanding meaning and pronunciation of new vocabulary. They will also read for detail using Multidict to facilitate the reading process.

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Competences

Learners will be better able to read for detail, express personal opinion and apply newly aquired vocabulary to own context.

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Community

Learners will get a deeper understanding of Maltese society.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8066

Maltese Customs and Traditions

Learner level

B1

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Description

This unit explores some Maltese traditions and beliefs that were used in the past, particularly those related to social and spiritual well being, and compares them to those of today.

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Content

A brief explanation of what each of the traditions entailed, how they came into practice and how Malta has evolved over the years.

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Communication

Use of 'would' for past habits

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Cognition

Learners have to confirm or reject predictions through a reading and use various online tools to increase their vocabulary range and facilitate the learning process.

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Competences

Learners will be better able to express past habits, read for both gist and detail, compare and contrast, use shareable online tools and understand Maltese culture.

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Community

Learners will get a deeper understanding of the Maltese lifestyle both in past and present times.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8060

Mysteries of the Hypogeum

Learner level

A2

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Description

This unit explores a mystery that evolves round the Hypogeum, one of the oldest Temples to be found on the island of Malta.

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Content

Video and interactive map and activities that explain the Hypogeum and the mysteries that surround it.

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Communication

Topic Specific Vocabulary and language of speculation

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Cognition

Learners use Multidict to facilitate understanding of written discourse and increase vocabulary range. Grammar is presented in context, enabling learners to comprehend meaning in a natural way. Additionally, a vocabulary bank with language for speculation is provided to allow learners to express their ideas better.

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Competences

Learners will be able to listen for both gist and detail, speculate on different happenings and use shareable online tools.

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Community

Learners will learn about the Hypogeum, a world heritage site located in malta.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8021

The Knights of Malta

Learner level

B1

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Description

This unit explores the era of the Knights of Malta. It not only looks at the influence they had on Malta and the Maltese, but also looks into their misdeeds.

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Content

A video highlighting the legacy of the Knights of Malta followed by a brief description of who they were and what misdeeds they got up to while in Malta.

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Communication

Expressing purpose

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Cognition

Multidict is used to facilitate the learning process and aid learners with comprehension. Additionally, voice prompts have been enabled when using online matching activities to help with pronunciation of new words. The use of infographics help present information in a concise way so as not to overload learners.

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Competences

Learners will be better able to read for detail, work with shareable online tools, talk about individual background and express reason.

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Community

Learners will get a better understanding of who the Knights of Malta were and their legacy. This will allow them to appreciate certain historical sites more.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/8044

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