tirsdag 3. januar 2017

Working with a CV and an Application Letter

Students need to learn how to write a good CV and an application letter to potentially secure a professional job. 

I have created a task which can be found here. 

I find that NDLA has excellent resources about how to write a CV as well as an application letter.
Here is a link to the resouces about CV on NDLA and here is a link to resouces on application letter on NDLA. 
I find that the CV on NDLA does not require the applicants to talk about their technical skills which I consider to be quite important piece of information escpecially for vocational students, so I ask my students to include that in the CV.

Vocational students are encouraged to use technical vocabulary and here is a link to technical vocabulary at the book Tracks website.

I also upload a sample text for the students which they can use as a template. The sample text can be found here. 

I can be reached at jaspreetgloppen@gmail.com or you can write to the Correcto Ergo Sum page on Facebook, if you have any quesions.

onsdag 16. november 2016

Vocational Task: Conversation about practical training / Yrkesrelatert oppgave: Samtale om elevenes praksisperiode

Vocational students in Norwegian Schools have to go through a period of practical training for two weeks each semseter. 
Sometimes, I have a short 5-7 minutes conversation with my students about their practical training. This assessment is graded and I give verbal feedback right after the conversation. I prefer not to give the grade right away and wait til I have thought things through.
I then post the grades on the learning platform (Its Learning) and then write a comment there that "Feedback was given verbally after the conversation."

Here is a copy of the task. It also includes the assessment criteria. The learners use this link here to get access to the vocational glossary related to their profession, 

tirsdag 23. februar 2016

A Task About Occupational Health Safety / Opplegg om HMS - Et FYR prosjekt

My colleague Silje Håvardstun and I recently worked together on a task that combines the use of the English language together with a topic from social sciences. Our students also bring in their experiences from their practical training.
The topic is HMS which in English can be referred to as HES (Health Enviroment and Safety) or OHS i.e. Occupational Health and Safety. The students had to discuss health and safety issues related to their occupation and give examples from their practical training and discuss methods that were employed to prevent these injuries.
Here is a list of resources my students got as well as the task.
1) Power point
2) Safety Interview: Text NDLA
3) Vocational Vocabulary
4) Task

Min kollega Silje Håvardstun og jeg har nettopp hatt et tverrfaglig prosjekt der elevene på Vg2 TIP og Kjøretøy som hadde vært i  praksis skulle presentere et opplegg.
Opplegget dreier seg om HMS eller helse, miljø og sikkerhet. Elevene presenter helse og sikkerhetsskader som er vanlige i deres yrke. De skulle også hente eksempler fra sin praksis om tiltak som er på plass for å forebygge skadene.
Her er ressurser og oppgaven elevene fikk:
1) Power point
2) Safety Interview: Text NDLA 
3) Vocational Vocabulary
4) Oppgave

tirsdag 19. januar 2016

Self-Evaluation / Selvevaluering

Selvevaluering kan være et viktig verktøy for selvutvikling ettersom det kan bevisstgjøre elevene om deres egen progresjon i fagene.  
Det gir oss lærere en innsikt i hvordan elevene har opplevd å lære ulike temaer, hvilke kompetansemål de behersker og hva som trengs å repeteres i klassen.

Spørsmålene som stilles til elevene bør da være av en slikt art som fører til refleksjon hos elevene. Jeg sier også til elevene mine at jeg er avhengig av deres tilbakemelding på mine undervisningsmetoder og hvordan metodene fungerer i klassen. Det er ikke alltid slik at det jeg tror fungerer i en gruppe fungerer like bra i en annen.

Jeg stiller følgende spørsmål til selvevaluering i faget engelsk. Jeg lager en undersøkelse på Its Learning der jeg legger ut spørsmålene. 
1) Jeg viser til kompetansemålene vi har jobbet med og de temaene vi har tatt opp og spør:
 Hvor mange av disse kompetansemålene føler du at du behersker? Hvor mange av de har du lite kunnskap om? Hvor mange av de har du nok kunnskap om men trenger å repetere?
2) Er du fornøyd med innsatsen din så langt? Er det noe du kan tenke deg å gjøre annerledes?
3) Du har fått tilbakemeldinger fra meg på både artikkelen om tema X og tema Y.  Hva er det du gjør bra på og hva er det du kan bli bedre på?
4) Kommentarer til undervisning.
a) Bevaringsområde - hva gjør jeg som du synes fungerer bra i undervisning?
b) Forbedringspotensiale - hva kan jeg bli bedre på?
5) Hvordan kan jeg hjelpe deg?

Her ser dere et eksempel på selvevaluering jeg bruke i høst 2015. 

torsdag 19. november 2015

Advertisement Analysis/Reklameanalyse

It is important for the youth of today to understand how advertising manipulates their choices and their spending. This can help them develop their powers of critical observation and reflection, and help them eventually become a more aware consumer.

The key words in the advertsiment analysis are learning to understand:

- the intent
-the intended audience
-the design of the advertisement (areas of focus, color scheme, font-size etc,)
-rhetorical devices (logos, pathos and ethos)
-linguistic tools like use of adjectives, action verbs, word play, use of slogans etc.


Here is the link to the power point.
Here is a link to tips on how to write an advertisement analysis + check list and examples of 4 advertsiements to work with first individually and then in pairs/groups.

Students later have a test where they have to analyse one or two advertisements. Here is an assessment form for this task.

The teaching material for this topic was created in collaboration with Elena Ringen while she was a teacher trainee at Sotra Vgs. I just gave her some guidelines about what needed to be included, and she developed all the texts that I am at attaching here. As you can see, it is an impressive array of a power point, a checklist, video and images,and an assessment form as well. A big shout out to Elena for letting me share these on my blog. I have made some changes since then to the power point presentation to tailor it to my needs.

Working on this topic fulfills the following competene aims for Vg1 and Vg2 (both vocational and general studies):
  • discuss and elaborate on English language films and other forms of cultural expressions from different media
  • evaluate different sources and use contents from sources in an independent, critical and verifiable manner
  • evaluate different digital resources and other aids critically and independently, and use them in own language learning
In International English, it fulfills the following criteria:
  • analyse and assess the role of some English-language media in international society ( How do advertisements in English affect our daily choices.)
  • analyse linguistic tools in different kinds of texts (rhetorical tools like logos, pathos and ethos)
  • give an account of fundamental principles for constructing texts in a variety of genres (princilpes for creating an advertisement)
In Literature and Culture, the following competence aims are fulfilled:
  • analyse and assess a film and a selection of other artistic forms of expression within English-language culture 
  • elaborate on and discuss the relationship between form, content and stylistic register in sentences and texts

lørdag 3. oktober 2015

Recommended reading and watching this weekend.

Happy weekend!
Here are some ideas to chew on this weekend!
1. The period is pissed. Do you agree? Has using a period (fullstop) as a punctuation sign taken on a new meaning? Also watch this video about the use of "exclamation point" here: 

2)  Is Global Warming a hoax? Haha! The historic People's Climate March takes place in New York City while a House of Representatives committee struggles with the basic principles of global warming. 

3) Interesting article on FOMO or the Grass is Greener Syndrome. Can you relate to this fear? Here's How To Conquer Your 'Fear Of Missing Out.'

mandag 14. september 2015

"Outsourced" Study Guide / Intercultual Communication

The movie Outsourced is an excellent movie to show when working with the topic Intercultural Communication. It shows how an American has to learn to adapt himself to the Indian way of living when he has to move there for work purposes. I have prepared a study guide or discussion questions that students can work with after they have seen the movie. Here is a link to the guide. 
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