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.

Although we use blogs in our teaching, we still want our students to use a formal, academic style. Here is some useful guidance.  Good luck with your term tests!



Even the Rain

The film Even the Rain, or También la lluvia, is a Spanish film from 2010.


The film is about a film crew travelling to Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus and his conquest.

ciudad-de-cochabamba While there, the government decides to privatize the water in the Cochabamba area, and water prizes rise with about 300%  only a few months. People are even forbidden to collect and use rain water. This leads to the Bolivian water war, with huge protests and demonstrations, and clashes between the people and its army. The film depicts both these stories brilliantly.

As we watch this, we are going to make use of FN-sambandets teaching material for this film.  (

Start by watching this short film in pairs, and discuss why some countries are rich and some are poor.

After the film:

1. Find out more about the Bolivian water war – why was the water privatized? Why are the inhabitants protesting? What was the result after the protests?


2. See this film about sustainable development. The water war in Cochabamba  is a multilayered challenged for society. How does the water war affect the people, the environment and the economy in the communtiy? What does that mean for a sustainable development in Bolivia? Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are relevant for the challenges Bolivia faces in this film?

3. Why are some countries poor? How is the world community, or economy, keeping these countries in poverty? What can we do to diminish the differences in the world?

Sources: Translated and adapted from FN-Sambandet. “Film fra Sør.” 27.10.2017. Accessed 10.11.2017.


Hanna’s class:

Goal no. 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goal is “Clean Water and Sanitation.”


This is the last goal we will look at.

Why is access to clean water and sanitation so important? Why can this issue cause conflicts, both between companies, ethnic groups and even nations?


In pairs you will choose a water-related conflict and co-write a text about this conflict. You can do this by using Google Docs or Padlet – just remember that both of you need to have access to the document.

You will need to include:

  • what is the conflict about? Explain the issues, and what led to this conflict
  • where and for how long has this conflict taken place?
  • how is the conflict being handled? Protests, demonstrations, law suits, armed conflict, etc.
  • what kind of solution would you offer to this conflict?

On Wednesday, you will join another pair to talk about the conflict you have chosen, and to listen to the research they have done on another water-related conflict.


You will find a good overview of the water crisis here.


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International Day

Work with this task:

Do option 2 as a post on your blog.

Below you find a link to a google docs document. Choose two rooms you want to participate in on International Day (one black and one red) and write your name in the corresponding box. No more than two students per class in each box!

Now find more information about the rooms (human library and other rooms/activities) in the link below. Make an information poster to be put on the door and which can also be shared with teachers and students before International Day. E-mail this to your teacher no later than Friday, October 27 1 pm.


In the news

Last week we looked at current news in the United States – this week we will look at two articles from Latin-America, one from El Salvador about gender equality (or lack thereof), and one from Bolivia about climate.

You do not have to read both of these, but choose one and read closely. After reading you will discuss the article with other classmates who have read the same one, before sharing information with the group who read the other article.


In the news

During our classes, we will try to focus on something that is going on right now. This week, we have chosen to look at the floods in Texas and how this might be related to global warming and the events in Charlottesville, Virgina, and how what happened there (white supremacists demonstrating) has been called fake news. Choose one of these issues and write a blog entry where you comment on the article you read: Charlotteville – fake news or Texas floods- climate change. How did it make you feel? What did you learn from it? What would you like to find out more about? Do you agree with the points made in the article? Why/why not?

Finish your blog entry by next class.



Operation Day’s Work

Since 1964, Norwegian students have worked one day each year to give money and solidarity to fellow students around the world.

This year, Operation Day’s Work is cooperating with the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (Norges Naturvernforbund) and Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom) to support projects in Nigeria.

Use the information from OD’s websiteNature and Youth and the films from the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature here and here, and write your own blog post where you imagine presenting Operation Day’s Work to someone who has never heard about this organization. You should also present this year’s project, in your own words, where you include some of the things that stayed with you after having seen the films. Discuss why this particular project is important and why students at Fagerlia should participate.

Post your blog before Monday, September 4th.