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Flipped Class at University B2/C1

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Flipped Class at University Level B2/C1

Are you teaching Technical English to science students and can’t make videos yourself? Here is one simple idea and some links that will help you make your lessons more interesting.


  1. Chose the subject you want to deal with: Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Astronomy etc.
  2. Chose one video with a special topic:

  3. Transcribe what the professor is saying.
  4. Make a vocabulary list and translate some difficult words.
  5. Make questions about the text (text comprehension)
  6. Now make grammar exercises dealing with the topic and the vocabulary in the text (gaps, multiple choice, etc.)
  7. Leave the last half of the text out, so students can complete the end.
  8. Leave the beginning of the text out, so students have to write the start.
  9. Leave some words out (prepositions, verbs, new vocabulary, etc) make fill in exercises with the text.

Further Exercises:

  1. Students make a summary of the text.
  2. Students translate the whole text.
  3. Students explain the experiments to the class.
  4. Students prepare an interview on the topic.
  5. More advanced students can take notes while watching the videos and later make a summary.

In class:

If you are doing a crash course, students can watch the videos in class first and discuss the topic in teams before you hand out the text.

If you don’t have much time, students watch the videos as homework. 

Other videos to use in class:

  1. Natural sciences
  2. History and Religious studies
  3. Culture and Language
  4. Favourite Scientist discussions,these videos are also suitable for school children.
  5. Philosophy
  6. Psychology

More about the University of Nottingham:

Some years ago the University of Nottingham came up with a great idea to make complicated topics in chemistry, biology, math and physics easier to understand for everyone. Brady Haran, a journalist, interviews Professors who show experiments and explain reactions. Their videos are a hit on Youtube and have been an inspiration for my lessons at University.


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