Australia – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth #6

by Bronia Hamilton

During our year in Australia we have been lucky enough to have a number of wonderful holidays. In early January we visited Hamilton Island. Although my surname is Hamilton, unfortunately no one in my family has any affiliation with the island. While we were there I went snorkeling every day, and several times I was lucky enough to spot a turtle grazing on the sea grass just off the beach.

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Australia – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth #5

One of the things that Bronia was really looking forward to during her family’s year in Australia was eating out. With her parents available as babysitters, and countless fantastic restaurants in Sydney, she has had many culinary experiences. Early in the New Year she and her husband dined at Petrel Kitchen that offered an unusual focus on native Australian ingredients. To learn more about the concept Bronia met up with Executive Chef Clinton Whiteman the next day as the restaurant prepared for another busy evening. Continue reading

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.

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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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Australia – Straight from the Horse`s Mouth

This school year, in a series of seven travelogues, we will provide you with up-to-date teaching resources from Australia. Bronia Hamilton, English teacher and Oslo’s FYR coordinator for English (currently on leave), has returned to her homeland for a year together with her husband and their three daughters. Bronia will over the coming months be talking to young people about their lives and develop teaching material that you can use with your students to discuss social and cultural conditions in Australia.

First out is a closer look at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Continue reading