Fagerlia Blog Awards

Thanks to our conscientious students who have written numerous blog posts this school year, there will be a Blog Award Ceremony on Friday June 8 at 09.50 in room A542. All three groups meet.
Who will be the blogger of the year? And who has completed all the blog posts?
Which blog has the best layout, and the best content?
Wait and see :)Rumors have it the principal will attend…:)

The Terminal

The movie “The Terminal” (2004) starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg covers our final competence aim; “varieties of English outside the Aglo-American region”. Answer these questions and be ready to discuss them in class on Tuesday:
1. What are your first impressions of Viktor as he begins his long stay in the international transit lounge at JFK? How well do you think Dixon explains what has happened and what the rules force him to do with Viktor?

2. Although Viktor lacks a full command of the English language, he manages to demonstrate a remarkable resiliency during his nine-month stay in the international transit lounge. Look up the word resiliency and explain why this word applies to Viktor.

3. Describe Viktor. What kind of person is he? What is it about his personality which makes him endure the stay at the airport?

The Terminal

Adapted from

The Kite Runner and The Good Lie

Write a blog post based on one or two of the following questions:

1. Comment on how common themes are explored in the two films and how the films show these. Focus especially on the theme of redemption.
2. Comment on the titles of the film. Why do you think the directors chose these titles? Is there a symbolic meaning behind them?
3. Write a character analysis of Amir and Hassan in the Kite Runner.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
4. Write a character analysis of Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah in The Good Lie.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
5. In both films, brotherhood is an important concept. Explain how this concept runs through one or both of the films and influences the message we are left with after watching the film(s)
6. Both films deal with people who have to flee their home country because of conflict and in both films, the main characters end up in the USA. Discuss what challenges refugees go through when they flee their country and resettle in another. Include examples from the film and also comment on the opportunities they are given.


Oral presentations

Oral presentations

Most of you are used to giving presentations, but what do you think teachers really want you to do?

Firstly, you have to introduce yourself if the audience does not know you well. Then introduce your presentation. State your thesis question and let the audience know what to expect without giving away details.
Structure your presentation in a logical order. Start by introducing your topic and remember to conclude or sum up the main ideas of your presentation.
A good idea is to use markers when you move on from one topic to another. Then you seem well organized.
I would like to start by saying…
First of all…
Let me move on to….
The next part of my presentation…
I will come back to this…..
To conclude/sum up……
Thank you for listening/for your attention

Pronunciation: Practice pronouncing difficult words or names. Do not speak too fast. Speak loud and clear. Look at the audience. Practice beforehand so you do not spend too long time on the presentation.
Notes: Use notes or keywords. A good idea is to use note cards to remind yourself of what you are going to say. Do not read from your manuscript.
Visual aids: The simpler, the better is the general rule. Limit text, a title may be sufficient. Use images, and limit the use of animation. Make sure you avoid spelling mistakes on your slides. Sloppy spelling mistakes should not occur. Use a dictionary and look up words you are unsure of.
Body language: Try to relax, although that may not be the easiest thing to do. Remember that you communicate both with your body and your voice.
Good luck with your upcoming presentations 

Work and migration

As mentioned last week, we are going to move on from studying abroad and volunteering to working abroad.

Today we will look at migrant workers, mostly through listening to accounts found on E2 – which is Gyldendal’s resource for international English.

You will work with some questions based on these accounts, before moving on to reading an excerpt from Zadie Smith’s short story “The Embassy of Cambodia.” You will get the excerpt as a handout, but if you are interesting in reading the entire story, you can find it here.
embassy of cambodia

After having read the excerpt, I want you to write a blog post discussing Fatou’s story and comparing it to the statistical information you will also be given in class.

Publish your blog post at the end of class today.

– Hanna