Keep Calm and Pass the Exam

The exams are just around the corner. Here are two useful tips to share with your students.

Interpret the task correctly

Anne Marie Torp, from Asker vgs., put together this popular course in 2016, and it is just as relevant today. Its main aim is to make students aware of what the exam tasks require them to do. The course includes explainations of the most frequently used instructional words and a step-by-step guide on how to interpret the exam task.

This material has been made with a 1,5-hour lesson in mind.Keep calm and pass your exam

Answering the exam task Vg1 (PPT)

Answering the exam task Vg1 course (Word doc.)

Answering the exam task Vg2 (PPT)

Answering the exam task Vg2 course (Word doc.)

Answering the exam task Form (Word doc.)

PS: The courses for vg1 and vg2 are identical, but the tasks and examples are different.

Revise your text

Students are likely to benefit greatly from looking through their texts several times on the exam, with a different revision focus each time. The text below is from E2, our textbook for International English, but is equally useful for vg1 students.

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Download the text from E2 (page 292-293) here (PDF)

Good luck with your exams!

 

 

 

 

Teaching resource: Midterm elections in the USA

American politics is all around. Take this opportunity to show your students that Trump is not almighty. He is controlled. The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections, on November 6, matter both to the President and the American people. Immigration, gun control, women’s rights and health care are hot topics.

Teaching resource: Midterm elections in the USA (PDF)

(By Siri Hunstadbråten, lektor Drammen vgs)

Photo by Mirah Curzer on Unsplash

Discussion task worksheet: Will It Pay Off?

Invite your students to discuss education and future career based on the text “Will it pay off?” from E2.

Download the worksheet here

Teaching suggestions:

Relevant competency aims:

  • understand, elaborate on and discuss lengthy discourses on general and specialized subjects.
  • locate, elaborate on and discuss international educational options and employment options.

Approximate use of time: 25-25 minutes

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Discussion task worksheet: Brexit

Invite your students to discuss Brexit based on S. Toubeau’s text “Brexit: Europe’s new nationalism is here to stay” from E2.

Download the worksheet here

Teaching suggestions:

Relevant competency aims:

  • understand, elaborate on and discuss lengthy discourses on general and specialized subjects
  • elaborate on and discuss various aspects of multicultural societies in the English-speaking world

Approximate use of time: 25-35 minutes

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Discussion task worksheet: Fix the Men!

Invite your students to discuss aspects of gender inequality, based on Binah Shah’s text Fix the Men! from E2.

Download the worksheet here

Teaching suggestions

Relevant competency aims:

  • understand, elaborate on and discuss lengthy discourses on general and specialized subjects
  • elaborate on and discuss a number of international and global challenges

Approximate use of time: 25-30 minutes, depending on class size.

Required reading: Binah Shah’s text “Want to end sexual violence against women? Fix the men!” (page 47-48 in E2).

Possible follow-up activities: The arguments gathered in the class discussion might serve as a starting point for a discussion on other aspects of gender inequality as found in E2, as well as a broader discussion on the topic of #metoo. The groups might be invited to invent their own strategies for combatting gender inequality and the related problems presented in the midst/in the wake of #metoo.

Hanna Kvalem Oltedal, Sørumsand VGS

 

Why care about English?

Motivation is the key to learning. We asked two successful Norwegians about their incentives for learning English. Perhaps their stories can help students reflect on their own experiences and language skills? Perhaps they might even inspire them to put in that extra effort.

You can download the text here

“Two bullets of vanilla ice-cream, please”

Brede Hangeland: rachael-gorjestani-154906

The answer to this question may not be obvious to all students, as it is to me now. Personally, I enjoyed my English lessons at school, and despite the fact that my mother was an English teacher, it took me a long time to fully understand the importance of having good English skills.

My first encounters with the English language were endless repetitions of vocabulary and grammar, a giant puzzle that slowly fell into place. I remember how I made the leap and started talking, as best as I could, both in class at school, and on holiday abroad. You should try not to worry about possible mistakes, as nobody can learn English without making some. On the contrary, take pleasure in the laughable situations that sometimes occur. Like when a friend of mine ordered “two bullets of vanilla ice-cream, please”!

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International English – A visual presentation

A new school year is upon us. This teaching resource helps your students get acquainted with the content and aims of the course International English, using the cover of E2.

Are you planning to use E2 in class this year? Here is our suggested year plan. It may prove useful.

Good luck with the new school year!

Lesson plan – A visual presentation of International english

Suggested Year Plan for E2

Varieties of English in E2

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According to Statista, 1,500 million people speak English worldwide. Only 375 million of them are native speakers. This partly explains the subject name International English and it also justifies the competence aim: “enable pupils to give examples of other varieties of English than those that are used in the Anglo-American core area, and reflect on their distinctive character”. E2 includes:

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