Studying abroad project

Many of us dream (or have done so) about studying somewhere that is else – experiencing a different country, culture and climate while getting a degree at the same time.

Having spent time abroad can also look good on your resume when applying for future jobs, it might say something about your ability to adapt to new settings, to working in a language not your own, and your sense of adventure.

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For the next weeks, you will plan your year of studying abroad, and then present this plan orally. Here’s what you need to do:

First you need to find out what you want to study and where. You can take this test https://www.educations.com/career-test if you need inspiration.

Find a real university that offer this study program and find out what you need to do to apply there. Grades, college interview, personal statement, recommendations from teachers??? How much does it cost to study there?  Do you need some sort of student visa – how do you get that? http://www.ansa.no/ is a website that offers a lot of information about these sort of things.

What kind of student activities do this town offer? What do you want to do in your spare time? Plan this too. 

Where will you live? Find a place – look at actual listings for apartments or student dorms in your chosen city.  https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/best-student-accommodation-websites

What about the culture in this country – are there rules of behavior you need to adapt to? Communications, festivals, food, religions…

Make a prezi, a power point or a video where you present your study plans. This will be graded orally.

There is no required LENGTH – I know how much you love to ask about that, but if you want a good grade you should make sure that you answer all the assignment asks of you.

You are also to write a personal statement, which will be graded as well. We will work with how to write a personal statement in class, so save that for then.

Useful websites:

https://no.studyacrossthepond.com/anbefalingsbrev/bachelor/referent

https://www.kilroy.no/utdanning?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1sriBRD-ARIsABYdwwGEG6rwwsYu2JfK9jQxoTZn17I-WDqhStgQxKx8udcQs5gnCyf2qu4aAmZ7EALw_wcB

https://capaworld.capa.org/5-sites-to-prepare-you-for-study-abroad

https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/best-student-accommodation-websites

Kompetansemål:

  • finne fram til og drøfte internasjonale utdanningstilbud og arbeidsmuligheter
  • reflektere over hvordan kulturforskjeller og ulike verdisystem kan påvirke kommunikasjon
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Criteria for evaluation:

1-2 3-4 5-6
Presentation Has a simple presentation, does not look at the audience, bound by script, no creativity Has some contact with the audience, somewhat free from the script, uses some creativity in his/her presentation Has good contact with the audience, knows the script by heart, creative and independent presentation
Content Simple content, has worked very little with different sources, shows little independent thought and research. Answers only some of the assignment given. Good content with some independent research, has clearly worked with different sources. Answers the assignment. Independent and well-researched content, and a thorough answer of the assignment. Explains and gives examples.
Pronunciation Has a clear Norwegian accent, struggles with pronouncing a lot of words Has a good pronunciation overall, struggles with some words. Pronunciation and accent are close to, or, flawless
Vocabulary Has a simple vocabulary, uses a lot of repetition and little variation. Has a broad vocabulary, with some more advanced words. Shows that he/she understands the words they use. Has an advanced and varied vocabulary, varies in sentence structure and length. Understands and are able to use and explain difficult concepts and definitions.

My Son the Fanatic and Free for all

“My Son the Fanatic” is a short story written in 1997 by Hanif Kureishi about a father and a son living in London, and struggling to adapt. The father left Pakistan and loves England, he wants to become as English as possible, because “you can do almost anything here.” The son has never been outside England, but still struggles to find his place in the English society, and is looking for something else, going back to the culture and faith of his ancestors, and becoming more and more angry with the society he sees around himself – the society his father is so in love with.

“Free for All” is a short story written by Moin Ashraf in 1999. This story too depicts a father and a son, this time in the US, the father doing everything “right” to become an upright and successful man in his new country, and being frustrated at seeing his son leaving the ideals of his own country and tradition. It is a culture clash, between a son who has grown up American, and a father who still looks back to and values of his Pakistani homeland.

Write a blog post where you EITHER compare these two stories in terms of father-son relationships and the question of identity and belonging, OR discuss what these two stories say about being an immigrant, and raising a family in a different culture. What are these two stories saying about multiculturalism?

Two immigrant voices

Comedians Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj use their own experiences and background in their stand-up shows «Homecoming King» and «Son of Patricia».

Write a blog post in which you discuss how they use examples from their own lives to illustrate their experience as immigrants in the USA.

Choose one or two of the sub topics they include in their shows and comment on the questions below:

Do you think other immigrants can recognise the challenges the two talk about being an immigrant or part of an immigrant family? Why? Why not?

Can we learn something about being an immigrant watching these shows? Explain.

Elin and Hanna

 

Brick Lane

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Using your impressions after watching the film Brick Lane, write a blog post on how the film portrays the challenges you face when living in a multicultural society. Use Nasneen and another character from the film to illustrate your points.

To find out more about the neighborhood portrayed in the film, visit Brick Lane

To read more about community protests against this film, go to this article from the Guardian: community protests

 

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Character sketches

Having read the first seven chapters of The Kite Runner (2003), you have probably started to get to know some of the important characters. Who is the protagonist? Who is the antagonist? Who is your favorite character and so forth…

A character sketch is a short description of a character based on what the book has told you so far. Remember that you get to know a character not just from descriptions the book makes of him/her, but also through actions, thoughts and conversations this character is shown to have.

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Choose a character from The Kite Runner: Amir, Hassan, Baba, Ali, Rahim Khan, Assef, or someone else, and write a character sketch. Find quotations from the book to emphasize your points.

Example of the beginning of a character sketch. Amir is the narrator of the story. He lives in San Fransisco, but grew up in Kabul in the 1970s with his father, Baba, and servants Ali and Hassan. He has a complicated relationship with his father, “He’d close the door, leave me to wonder why it was always grown-ups’ time with him” (p.4). Amir seems lonely, and it seems like his father wants very little to do with him, or takes little interest in him.” … and then it continues

This is 18 around the world

Recommended reading – although it is mostly pictures – a very interesting piece from the New York Times about 18 girls around the world turning 18. What are their lives like – differences, similarities, hopes, dreams etc.  Take a few minutes and look at the photos and read the few captions here.

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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?

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Adapted from http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/visions-features/view/14964/the-terminal