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 http://www.prosperity.com/#!/

  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 nrk.no 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!

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

Teaching Tips: LyricsTraining

How do you fill those last days of school with something fun and meaningful? Jannike Elmblom Berger, from Kuben vgs, has a great suggestion!

Aim: Practise listening through watching music videos and typing in the missing lyrics.
Time: 10 – 30 min. This activity could be used as a warm-up, for variation between other activities or as a round-off to a lesson. It could also be adapted into a full lesson where the students use their songs as a starting point for speaking or writing. Continue reading