In the news…

The #metoo campaign has inspired women everywhere to come forward and tell their stories about harassment and abuse.

Read the stories of Maryam Mehtar, Shaharzad Akbar, Zubaida, and several other women choosing to stay anonymous in fear of serious repercussions, in The New York Times.

Write a short post where you:

  1. Write an introduction of what you already know of the #metoo campaign and the silence breakers.
  2. Include a quote from the article, and discuss/explain why this quote spoke to you and why you chose to include it in your post.
  3. Reflect on what you learn from this post – what kind of impression does it give you of Afghan society – how do you think the harassment culture can be changed, both in Afghanistan and elsewhere?

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(Picture borrowed from http://subversify.com/2017/10/19/metoo/)

Preparing for the term test

Testing, testing, testing… Students are tested in every subject more or less all the time and International English is no exception.  To prepare for this  we arrange term tests, because we want our students to be equipped for a written exam.  On December 5, Målfrid’s students worked with task 1 of a former exam. You can also listen to the speech as a Ted Talk. We want to share our knowledge with others and have made a padlet about literary devices and language features which you can access here. Good luck with your term tests!

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In the news…

for those of you who finished presenting and listening on Monday:

Read this article about extreme poverty in the USA from the Guardian, and write a short blog post explaining:

  • why is the UN investigating this issue?
  • How can extreme poverty exist in such a rich country?
  • Does the article offer any solutions for this problem?
  • what do you think could be a good way to eradicate extreme poverty in the US?

 

 

Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a film released in 2008, staring Clint Eastwood – a war veteran trying to comes to terms with the multicultural society his neighborhood is turning into.

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(Gran Torino movie poster, picture taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Torino)

It is an excellent film, with a 8,2 rating on IMDB, portraying multiculturalism, its challenges and its benefits.

Before watching the film you will be given the movie poster and some questions about the symbolism and importance of cars, and the city of Detroit, about American war veterans and Asian Americans in the USA.

Write a short blog post where you analyze the movie poster – what kind of impression does it give of the movie?

Also, try to answer the questions you have been given in this blog post. It should be posted on your blog today, as you will have about 45 minutes to work with it in class.

 

Thanksgiving

Today Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, which is the most important US holiday celebrated by Americans all over the world. However, in the US multicultural society not everyone feels comfortable celebrating Thanksgiving. Perhaps this article can give you an immigrant’s perspective on Thanksgiving as well as give you assications to the short story “Free for All”? If you would like to know more about this,  read Viet Thanh Ngyen`s opinion “Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving”.15Nguyen-Color-superJumbo