tirsdag 16. januar 2018

Becoming a critical consumer

Check out this article I wrote for Cappelen Damm about how to be a critical consumer. Link  
You can also read it on the website for the book Tracks here

I have posted teaching assignments about advertisements and how to analyse them previously on my blog. You can get access to those here. Link.

torsdag 2. november 2017

Task: Short story about communication breakdown due to challenges related to intercultural communication

Pupils taking general studies at my school have been writing a short story about the communication breakdown to challenges related to intercultural communication. Here is a document where you will find the task along with the assessment criteria. Here is the assessment form we used to correct the short stories. A big thanks to my colleagues Hanne Bjerke Vasshaug og Linn Therese Jostem for collaboration, and critical input in development of this task. 

These are the texts that we worked with:
1)  The movie Outsourced. You can find the study guide for outsourced here.  
2)  This brilliant text about Intercultural Communication on NDLA here. Explains in a wonderful way the difference between deal focused cultures and relationship-focused cultures. It also includes a text that outlines a Mr. Halliwell’s business trip and the intercultural challenges he encounters in Mexica, Japan, Saudi Arabia and France.
3) A very professionally put-together video here about certain American habits that are offensive in other countries.
4) A video here that shows habits from all over the world that can be considered offensive by different cultures. 
5) A text about tips for doing business in Japan here.
6) How culture imapcts the way we think and speak here. 

onsdag 20. september 2017

A literary essay: The Maltese Falcon and White Teeth - A Derridean Reading

Here is a Derridean Reading of the books The Maltese Falcon and White Teeth.

I wrote this essay when I took the course "Ways of Reading" (ENGMAU642) as part of my master's degree at the University of Bergen.  


Teaching Assignment on the topic "The American Dream."

Here is a teaching assignment on the topic: The American Dream - is it dead or still alive?

The learners read an article and watch a movie which supports the view that the American Dream is still alive.
They also watch videos and read an article which claims that the American Dream is no longer a reality.

After reading and watching these texts the learners write an essay where they write their opinion on this topic. They HAVE to incorporate information from all these texts in the essay they are writing. This way we can teach them how to refer to sources and show arguments from both perspectives. I think this is a great assignment to work with at the beginning of the school year. 

Here is an action plan for the task. This includes the articles and videos the learners will work with. The competence aims are also included. In order to practice the concept of "tilpasset læring" or "adapted eductaion", I have included some extra texts that learners who need extra challenges can work with.
Here is the task and it includes assessment criteria as well. 

Thank you Hanne Vasshaug and Linn Therese Jostem for helping me develop this task. 

mandag 3. april 2017

My blog has reached 100,000 hits.

My blog has reached 100,000 hits. It is a niche blog mostly for educators, so I am extremely humbled that so many find it useful. Thank you for following me and sending me your questions on email and your comments on the blog posts.

søndag 19. mars 2017

The links are working now

The links to different files in all the blog posts should be working now. Please let me know if there are any issues.