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


Nattevandring på Aksla 21 april 21:00-23:00.
Vi møter opp 20:30 ved lekeplassen i Byparken, på den siden nærmest Steinerskolen/Ålesund Voksenopplæring.

Husk varme klær, gjerne en sekk med litt drikke, hodelykt viss du har, og ha mye batteri på telefonen så du kan være litt fotojournalist og ta kule eller ukule bilder til bloggen.

Dette blir knall 😀

– Hanna og Ingunn

Goal nr. 14 – Life Under Water

Since Norad is hosting an event with a special focus on the UN Sustainability Goal nr. 14 right here in our town, we think it proper to spend some extra time on this too.

We are surrounded by fjords, but do we really know what’s going on in them?

If things continue the way they have, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish. That is why the UN has made “Life Under Water” one of their 17 goals for sustainable development, and they hope to improve conditions somewhat by 2030.

So…what’s really the problem?
Let’s start by reading up about ocean pollution here.

That’s the problem. Trash, fertilizers, cleaning products dangerous for life under water, chemicals, and plastic.

The big bad wolf in this scenario is plastic, especially the plastic produced for one time use – such as cups, bottles, bags, straws, cutlery etc.

plastic turtle

(Picture from:

We are going to watch the 46 minute long documentary “The Plastic Whale” about an incident which took place right outside Bergen last year.

After watching this documentary, write a blog post where you:
– discuss the problems life under water are currently facing
– reflect on the impact this documentary had on you
– do you think it will help the oceans that we put more focus on this problem? Why/why not?
– Finally, what are you most likely to do in order to preserve our oceans, and what do you think others should do?

Find a fitting title to your blog post.

– Hanna