Seminar International English

The launch of our new textbook for International English, E2, gives us the privilege and pleasure of inviting English teachers to a seminar in Oslo.

Samantha Simmonds, former journalist with the BBC and news anchor at Sky News, will shed light on Trump’s strategy of branding certain news outlets as “fake news”. She will also compare and contrast CNN and Fox News in particular, and TV news in the UK and US in general.

Moreover, we will present E2 and share useful tips on teaching International English.

When: 12 May 2017
Where: Gyldendalhuset, Oslo

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Dear teachers of International English!

We are absolutely delighted that so many of you want to come to London with us in connection with the launch of our new textbook, E2. The seminar was full within minutes and to those of you who were first past the post – we look forward to seeing you in Fitzrovia in May!

Oslo, 12 May
Soon we will be back with an invitation to Gyldendalhuset on Friday 12 May. Should a trip to Oslo be inconvenient we are more than happy to come to your school to present E2. Please get in touch and we will find a suitable date.

Save the dates!


This year we are going international. Following the launch of E2, our new textbook for International English, we move our annual seminar to London! We will announce the full programme and open for registration shortly but can promise educational and inspiring days. Stay tuned to secure a place!

Where: London
When: 2-3 May
What: Free seminar for teachers of International English. Gyldendal sponsors the programme and accommodation from May 1st until May 3rd. You only need to book the flights yourselves!

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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Meet one of Norway’s best lecturers!

Senior Lecturer at Department of Political Science, UiO, Øivind Bratberg, was recently voted one of Norway’s best lecturers by Morgenbladet. On Tuesday 13 September he will join our SKILLS User Seminar, at Gyldendalhuset, to enlighten us on Brexit and the road ahead.

After 36.000 students from all over Norway had nominated who they believed were the most worthy lecturers, the jury decided between 386 nominees. Its chair, author Helene Uri, says, “The best lecturers spellbind the audience. They make the students want to learn more. The overwhelming response is a sound confirmation of how important teaching is for students.”

What is his focus on 13 September?

“These are chaotic times, with much uncertainty about what Brexit really means. I will briefly talk about the long history between Britain and Europe and the recent short election campaign, before we focus on the process that now follows.”

Bratberg has also previously received acclaim, winning the prize for «Årets UiO-underviser», in 2013. «When lecturing I aim to approach the topic together with my audience. What is it that we are trying to learn, and why is this worth doing? Most topics are interesting if only they are presented in the right way, with the right gloves, so to speak, as if we are climbing a mountain together.”

See Bratberg explain in his own words here

How can we as teachers inspire our students?

On 13 September our focus is also on you as SKILLS users. Four teachers/authors will therefore share concrete tips on how you can make your teaching both relevant and up-to-date by using SKILLS.

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Bli med på seminar!

Kjære Skills-bruker,
Vi inviterer til seminar på Gyldendalhuset 13. september.


11:00 – 12:00  Bli bedre kjent med mulighetene i SKILLS Smartbok
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00  Å yrkesrette engelskundervisningen 

  1. Safety in the workshop/ TIP, ved Gro Lokøy, forfatter og lærer, Sola vgs.
  2. Using nursery rhymes and songs, for Barne- og ungdomsarbeiderelever, ved Maria Selland, lærer, Sam Eyde vgs.
  3. Tverrfaglig prosjekt for Elektrofag-elever,ved Sidsel Hellesøy, forfatter og lærer, Kongsberg vgs.

14:15 – 15:00  Å aktualisere engelskundervisningen, ved Janniche Langseth, forfatter, lærer og studieleder, Hvam vgs.
15:00 – 15:15  Pause
15:15 – 16:00  Brexit – Hva nå? ved Øivind Bratberg, førstelektor, Institutt for statsvitenskap, UiO

Meld deg på her!

Mange har lang reisevei, eller undervisning på morgenen. Derfor starter vi først klokken 11:00. Har du kun anledning til å delta etter lunsj er du hjertelig velkommen til det. Gi oss i så fall beskjed.

Påmeldingsfrist er 6. september.



New beginnings

June, July and August may be three reasons to become a teacher. If so, August must reign supreme. Well-rested and full of expectations and the very best intentions you meet this year’s students. What is your focus?

We have interviewed two teachers about their plans for the first meeting.

Ole-Tobias Mangen, Lillestrøm vgs.


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Kjersti Jacobsen, Rælingen vgs.


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Nytt læreverk til Internasjonal engelsk

Våren 2017 lanserer vi et nytt læreverk til Internasjonal engelsk. Redaktør Kari Anne Arnkværn sier dette om bakgrunnen for utgivelsen:

“We wanted to make a book that clarifies the competence aims for students, as they often struggle to see the point in “reading just another text”. We show them, specifically, how they can build the most essential skills, step-by-step, and thus ensure the necessary progression towards the exam, further studies and working life.

Firstly, we challenge students to use their receptive skills to read, watch and listen to purely authentic material. Secondly, we show them, concretely, how these serve as models of good communication, by way of examining their content, structure and language. Thirdly, we ask them to practice their productive skills by emulating the models. We hope the book will serve as both an eye-opener and a hands-on guide to succeeding in International English.”

Watch this space.

Young Kids Hard Time

For the past three years my students at Nannestad vgs have been writing and receiving letters from inmates all over the United States of America. We write to juveniles who have been incarcerated as adults where many of them are serving life without parole. Their ages differ as some of them who were sentenced as thirteen and fourteen olds are now in their thirties. The youngest inmate we are in touch with was sentenced when he was twelve. Others have only been in prison for four, maybe five years. A few of the inmates are mentally disabled and have an intelligence level of a first grader. Their crimes vary from parricide, to robbery and felony murder. Most of them are victims of abuse, poverty, neglect and drug use. For the moment we are only writing to males, however, we will be expanding our list and project to reach out to females. Continue reading