torsdag 31. januar 2013

onsdag 30. januar 2013

Undervisningsopplegg Urfolk (Native Americans) No. 2 / Teaching Assignment Indigenous Peoples (Indianere) No.2

Denne oppgaven handler om å kombinere følgende kompetansemål: 1) drøfte litteratur av og om urfolk i den engelskspråklige verden 2) drøfte sosiale og kulturelle forhold, samfunnsforhold og verdier i flere engelskspråklige land.Tanken bak oppgaven er at elevene ikke bare lager en faktabasert presentasjon om urfolkene, men at de samtidig klarer å drøfte og sammenligne livet til urfolkene før og etter den europeiske oppdagelsen og koloniseringen av deres land.
Her er oppgaven: Indigenous Peoples - Presentation and DiscussionJeg har skrevet om dette her tidligere, men hadde behov for en ennå enklere versjon.

This post combines the followng competence aims: 1) discuss literature by and about indigenous peoples in the English-speaking world,  and 2) discuss social and cultural conditions and values from a number of English-speaking countries. The intention behid this assignment is to make sure that the pupils don't just present some facts about the indigenous peoples, but that they also are able to discuss and reflect on how the lives of these peoples have changed after the Europeans discovered and colonoised their continents/countries. 
Here is the task: Indigenous Peoples - Presentation and Discussion. I have written about this
 here before, but felt the need for an easier version.

onsdag 23. januar 2013

Oral Presentations Assessment Form + Criteria / Vuderingsskjema + Kriterier for Muntlige Presentasjoner

Click here for the new form that I have been using recently. To me this is better because this one is not so complicated, yet it covers all the criteria that I use to evaluate my students. I just highlight the part on the form that applies to the pupil.
 I have started to write the criteria on the task itself. Here is one example:


Criteria for Evaluation: You will be evaluated on the content of your presentation, and how it is communicated (if your points/ideas come across, if you connect with the audience). It is important that you not only present a topic, but you also discuss it. Some ways to do this could be to talk about advantages and disadvantages, causes and consequences etc. Your language and the structure of the presentation will also be assessed (introduction, conclusion and the transitions between the different topics). Make sure you don't just announce the slide with one word, but use a sentence. For example, "As far as the festivals go etc. instead of saying "festivals"". There needs to be a clear thesis statement which declares the main point or controlling idea of your presentation. You will also be evaluated on how you use your sources so remember to use and refer to your sources in a proper way.
Length of presentation: The presentation should last 5-7 minutes or more if you are working alone and about 10 minutes or more if you are working in pairs. If working in pairs, both parties need to speak equally.
Make sure you make a power point.
Script: You will also turn in your script i.e. all you have talked about in the presentation with clear description of who worked on what.

søndag 20. januar 2013

How to write an introductory paragraph - Writing an article/Essay

In order to make my pupils think analytically about a task and be aware of their arguments and maintain focus on their topic, I decided to make them work on their introductory paragraph last week. Here is a handout I used: Writing an introductory paragraph. The pupils saw the following video before they started working on the handout: Video by Taylor Swedberg. The pupils got oral feedback on  the paragraph they had written and they came themselves to the conclusion that if during an exam they realise that they do not have at least three arguments for a topic, they should choose another task. This can be seen as my humble attempt at practising "The Flipped Classroom method of teaching."

Elevene på studiespesialiserende har jobbet med å skrive et innlednings avsnitt denne uken. Målet er å få dem til utvikle deres analytiske evner samt bevisstgjøre dem om hvordan vi argumenter  for en påstand. Jeg håper også på at det hjelpe dem å holde fokus på det emnet de skal skrive om. Her er en handout jeg brukte: Writing an introductory paragraph. Elevene så denne videoen her før de begynte å jobbe med handout: Video by Taylor SwedbergElevene fikk muntlig tilbakemelding i timen om det de hadde skrevet. Elevene kom fram til at hvis en finner ut  at en ikke har tre argumenter til en oppgave under eksamen, bør en velge en annen oppgave. Dette kan ses som mitt forsøk på å lære ved å bruke "The Flipped Classroom method of teaching" eller "Omvendt Undervisning metode."



mandag 7. januar 2013

Oral Presentations - International news topic or a current event


According to the syllabus issued by the The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, Upper Secondary School pupils taking the course International English need to:
 - present and discuss international news topics and current events
In order to work with this aim, I have created the following task. You can see the file here:

Et av de kompetansemålene på engelsk som fellesfag er at elevene må kunne:
- presentere og diskutere internasjonale nyheter og aktuelle hendelser
Her er en oppgave jeg har laget for å jobbe med kompetansemålet.