We are happy to welcome you to Gyldendalhuset, and our English seminar for teachers in VGS.
Where: Gyldendalhuset, Oslo
When: 4 May
What: Free seminar for English teachers in VGS
11.30 – 12.15 Lunch and registration
12.15 – 13:00 Global English – curse or blessing? Kristin Bech
13.15 – 14.00 Gyldendals digitale læremidler i 2020 Kristian Aa and Jørgen Walderhaug Jensen
14.15 – 16.00 London: Europe’s Immigrant Megacity Ben Judah and Espen Aas
London: Europe’s Immigrant Megacity
Ben Judah is a journalist and author, specializing in portraits and reportage. His first book Fragile Empire (2013) was a study of Russia and Vladimir Putin. His second This Is London (2016) was a Sunday Times Top 50 bestseller and longlisted for the Ballie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He was a 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 in European journalism.
Ben writes frequently for the FT Weekend and the Sunday Times Magazine, for whom he has recently interviewed both Emmanuel Macron and Imran Khan. He has also made films for Vice.com and BBC Newsnight. Now based in Paris, he was also Highly Commended for the British Press Awards Feature Writer of the Year in 2015.
Global English – curse or blessing?
Great Britain has given three things of major importance to the world. One of them is the English language, which is now spoken by about 1.5 billion people globally. It belongs to many, it has an unusual and fascinating history, and it can therefore be taught from several different perspectives. At the core is the historical perspective. Through political and cultural developments, English went from being the tongue of a small island to becoming a global language of power. Another perspective is the linguistic one: students should be able to recognize and describe some similarities and differences between varieties of English. Why are Australian and South African English in many ways similar? Why is the Indian accent so easily recognizable? A third perspective which might lead to lively discussion in the classroom is that of language attitudes – how do speakers ‘rate’ different accents of English? Should everyone aim for a standard British or American accent? Or could it be that a Norwegian may actually take pride in a Norwegian accent? In this talk Bech will briefly outline these perspectives, hopefully providing some inspiration for the classroom. And together we might speculate about the future of English…
Kristin Bech is Associate Professor of English Language at the University of Oslo. She originally planned to teach English and French in secondary school, but she got caught up in research at the university. Fortunately she gets to teach there as well. She is the author of the book ‘Fra englisc til English: Et språk blir til’ (2016).