tirsdag 15. mai 2018

Sample of a well-written text (with teacher comments) that shows how you can answer the long – answer part of the written exam.


The following text is written by my 16-year old student Camilla Lønningen, who is a student of general studies/studiespesialiserende.

She has kindly agreed to let me share her text for teaching purposes. She answered this task during her whole-day test / written mock-exam this semester. The whole-day test consisted of two tasks: one short answer task, and one long-answer task. Given that she only had 5-hours at her disposal, the ideas presented by her are very well-executed. I have placed the text into a table to show how the content has been organized. On the right-hand side, I have made some comments to provide an insight into what I think works in the text.


The text that she wrote was a response to the following task which is what the students enrolled in Vg1 or Vg2English typically get for their written exam in English.

In literature and films, the main characters often take on a challenge. Compare and contrast two such characters you have studied in your English course and reflect upon the challenges they have met and how their actions and choices help us understand them and the world around us.

In your text, you should
·         in short, introduce the texts you have chosen and how you will answer the task
·         present the challenges of character one with examples
·         present the challenges of character two with examples
·         compare and contrast the two characters’ challenges in a discussion
·         conclude by summing up the main differences between the characters

    Give your text a suitable title.


If you are interested, you can check out this post here about how to prepare for you written whole-day test or written exam. 

On the blog you can also find an example of a well structured argumentative text with teacher comments.





søndag 15. april 2018

Some sample tasks for oral exams in English Literature and Culture.

Here are a few sample tasks that can be used for the oral exams in the subject English Literature and Culture. Assessment criteria are included in the tasks. 

Teachers can use these as a point of departure to formulate their own tasks and the students can use these to prepare for the exams. 

Here is a task about:
1) Literary Devices: Link
2)Book analysis and discussion: Link
3) Literary-historical period: Link
4) Satire: Link
5) Character analysis: Link


tirsdag 16. januar 2018

Becoming a critical consumer - Advertisement Analysis/Reklameanalyse

How do companies persuade you to buy their products? Learn how to reveal the manipulations at work.

It is important for the youth of today to understand how advertising manipulates their choices and their spending. This can help them develop their powers of critical observation and reflection, and help them eventually become a more aware consumer.

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

Here is a task related to the article and images learners can analyze. Here is an assessment form which can be used by the teachers to assess the analysis. It can also be used by the learners for self-evaluation.

Working on this topic fulfills the following competene aims for Vg1 and Vg2 (both vocational and general studies):
  • discuss and elaborate on English language films and other forms of cultural expressions from different media
  • evaluate different sources and use contents from sources in an independent, critical and verifiable manner
  • evaluate different digital resources and other aids critically and independently, and use them in own language learning
In International English, it fulfills the following criteria:
  • analyse and assess the role of some English-language media in international society ( How do advertisements in English affect our daily choices.)
  • analyse linguistic tools in different kinds of texts (rhetorical tools like logos, pathos and ethos)
  • give an account of fundamental principles for constructing texts in a variety of genres (princilpes for creating an advertisement)
In Literature and Culture, the following competence aims are fulfilled:
  • analyse and assess a film and a selection of other artistic forms of expression within English-language culture 
  • elaborate on and discuss the relationship between form, content and stylistic register in sentences and texts


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.  

Enjoy!


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. 

onsdag 26. april 2017

Hand-out: How to Prepare for Your Written Whole-Day Test/Mock Exam/heldagsprøve i engelsk

Students these days are preparing for a written whole-day test/mock exams. Here is a hand-out I give to my students as an aid to help them prepare before the exam and during the exam. The hand-out is a modified version of a text that I got from Anette Haugen, who teaches English at Kristiansand katedralsokole.