Watch the video recording and read the transcript of Tim Minchin’s
Occasional Address to graduate students at the UWA on
www.timminchin.com. (Runtime: 18:16. The presentation of the nine life lessons starts at 02:50)
On 2 May, as part of our annual English seminar, 57 Norwegian teachers visited the Guardian’s headquarter in central London. Head of Education, Margaret Holborn, promised to share all the useful resources presented. You find them below.
“Lots of viewpoints, knowledge, debate, questions, resources, not to mention inspiration that I can take with me into the classroom.”
Our new textbook for International English will arrive in April. We look forward to presenting it! On our web page you can read more about E2, order a sample copy and get the latest updates on our English seminar.
Suggested lesson plan
You, and your students, are now half way through the course International English. Perhaps this is the perfect time to stop and reflect upon its aims.
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
Friday, February 12, 2016
This will be the topic for Randall J. Stephens` talk on our English seminar this spring. He teaches American Studies and History at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and below he shares his top tips on following the upcoming election with your students. Continue reading
Bronia Hamilton, English teacher and Oslo’s FYR coordinator for English, continues to provide us with up-to-date teaching resources from Australia. Below follows part three in the series. Continue reading
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.
Electro classes may also find the 2014 documentary “Slingshot” of interest. It is available on Netflix and runs for 88 minutes.