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20 Apr

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My English class has approximately three lessons (double or triple) available and I have left this competence aim in particular for these lessons: «locate, elaborate on and discuss international educational options and employment options». As I have started working for a new MOOC in «Smart learning» at NTNU, I would like to grab the opportunity to try out new forms and also new aims for our learning. Based on the competence aim, obviously, but with emphasis on education, I will suggest the following mini-project for my students

General questions:

1. Which educational options do you see for yourselves in the English speaking world?

2. Why would young people want to study abroad? What are the advantages, and what are possible disadvantages?

3. Which learning strategies have you developed during your years in high school? How can you develop your strategies further?

4. What is the importance of cultural codes? What are the cultural codes or norms of your group of students?

Each group must form a collaborative forum using Scoop.it to share texts and some other means of communication. They can pick texts from our Text book (Global Paths, Cappelen Damm), chapter 3. They should make sure they understand and are able to use the following terms (in the context of education)

graduation – schedule – newcomer – senior – college – high school – exchange student – age appropriate – detention – objectionalble – suspention – infractions – competitive – reputation – biased – extra curricular activities – applicants – enrollment – grant – admission – attendance – truancy – credentials – score  – obligations – certificates of education – letters of recommendation – rite of passage – annual – assessment – prestigious – aptitude – MOOC – network – literacy …?

Each group must make a 5 minute video of some kind that illustrates or demonstrates one of the above questions. This video must be shareable in class. When I have seen the videos, I hope to have time to talk to each group individually, or with two groups together. Also, I will evaluate your work-in-progress and your scooping practise.

As I see this as a suggestion, I am willing to discuss new paths and learning objectives. I might have some nice entires on my «digitallearning» list on Scoop.it.

Competence aims in English (for the entire course: International English): (UDIR)

Language and language learning

The aims of the studies are to enable pupils to

  • give an account of fundamental features of English usage and linguistic structure
  • give an account of fundamental principles for constructing texts in a variety of genres
  • analyse linguistic tools in different kinds of texts
  • give examples of other varieties of English than those that are used in the Anglo-American core area, and reflect on their distinctive character.

Communication

The aims of the studies are to enable pupils to

  • employ a nuanced, well-developed vocabulary – for both general and specialized use
  • understand, elaborate on and discuss lengthy discourses on general and specialized subjects
  • use language appropriate to the situation in social, professional and intercultural contexts
  • write coherent, well-structured texts on general, specialized and literary subjects
  • present technical material orally, in writing, or in the form of composite texts
  • use and communicate information based on figures and statistics
  • use digital tools in an independent, critical and creative manner in the gathering of information, and in the communication and presentation of his or her own material
  • give an account of and evaluate the use of sources

Culture, society and literature

The aims of the studies are to enable pupils to

  • locate, elaborate on and discuss international educational options and employment options
  • analyse and assess the role of some English-language media in international society
  • elaborate on and discuss various aspects of multicultural societies in the English-speaking world
  • reflect on how cultural differences and dissimilar value systems can affect communication
  • elaborate on and discuss a number of international and global challenges
  • elaborate on and discuss a selection of literature and factual prose from the period 1950 up to the present
  • analyse, elaborate on and discuss at least one lengthy literary work and one film
  • present a major in-depth project on a topic from International English or another subject from his or her own programme area and assess the process.
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