Turning and the lathe: Basic vocabulary and oral presentation with strategies


When you have finished this lesson you should know:

  • What is driving the lathe and the basic principles of turning
  • How the lathe holds and rotates the workpiece
  • How the lathe holds and moves the cutting tool

The student should be able to:

  • explain the main parts of the lathe
  • how the lathe works and the turning process
  • explain how they made an assignment in the workshop

Follow the outline for the reading strategies included here. Most textbooks for VG1 TIP will have something about turning and the lathe, and if not use the links given here.

The interactive www.quizlet.com can be used as a competition.

Start by displaying a picture of a lathe and invite the students in a class discussion about the turning process and make them explain the terms of the machine (lathe) and the process (turning).

Try to make it relevant to their level of experience. If the teacher in charge of teaching production has selected some terms and principles he feels is important, than try to incorporate this, in order to get as much relevance and motivation as possible in your efforts.

Rehearsal before assessment: Tell a fellow student how you made (the meat hammer) in the workshop.

The assessment should be in the workshop. Have the student explain something s/he has made.

To diffrentiate: Print the terminology of the diffrent parts of the lathe and have the student place the correct term on the corresponding machine part. If wrong correct and give him an opportunity to explain the lathe with the terminology in front of him.

Three questions that can be used for assement:

  • What is driving the lathe and what is the basic principles of turning?
  • How the lathe holds and rotates the workpiece?
  • How the lathe holds and moves the cutting tool?