Australia – Straight from the Horse`s Mouth #2

This school year, Bronia Hamilton, English teacher and Oslo’s FYR coordinator for English, is providing us with up-to-date teaching resources from Australia. Below follows part two in the series.

  2. Alternative Energy: Sunny Bins

 Bronia recently visited an eco-living festival where she spotted an interesting contraption. It was a large bin with a solar panel roof, pumping out music through the sunflower decorated holes in the side of the bin. She contacted the suppliers to find out more.

 This teaching material is ideal for students of Electricity and Electronics and can be used on its own, or in conjunction with the text The Green Gym from SKILLS Elektrofag. It includes:

  • An interview with Peter Strong of Sunny Bins (8 minutes)

  • Handout to students, including:

    • Brief background information about Sunny Bins

    • A list of comprehension questions to the interview

    • A task requiring students to explore a website and produce an oral text

    • A written task for a particular purpose (exam training

 Both the oral and written tasks provide an opening for multidisciplinary cooperation with the project subjects of Electrical Engineering.

Download Handout

Download Soundfile

Electro classes may also find the 2014 documentary “Slingshot” of interest. It is available on Netflix and runs for 88 minutes.

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Practising using statistics as a source of information?

The USA’s position as The Land of Opportunity is challenged shows this prosperity index from the Legatum Institute, a non-profit UK thinktank. In fact, Norway, for the fifth year in a row, took first prize as the world’s most prosperous country. This is a great source to compare English-speaking countries, or perhaps choose one and compare it with Norway.

  1. Click on this link!/

  2. Zoom in on your chosen country on the world map.

  3. Click “view country profile”, or choose for example “download United States profile” if you wish to print this to your students.

  4. In groups of two or three let the students compare and contrast two English-speaking countries, or an English-speaking country with Norway. Ask them to take notes of 3-5 issues that strike them as most interesting.

  5. Share findings in class.

“Don’t be defeatist dear, it’s very middle class”

Downton Abbey, and Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, is back on NRK this coming Sunday! Until October 5th, at you and your class may take a peek at what goes on behind-the-scenes to get the manners of 1900s Britain exactly right on Downton Abbey. Enter the world of English etiquette with host Alastair Bruce, historian, expert on royal ceremony and custom, and the historical advisor to the hit drama series.

We also take this opportunity to remind you of the article and teaching material Tore Rem made for us on the series, and the sample answers belonging to it. Enjoy!