New adventures

As I have changed careers and am no longer actively teaching highschool, this blog has ground to a halt. The blog and materials and recourses will still be accessible and you can expect the odd post to appear att irregular intervalls but probably with a slight change of focus. However, my focus is still very much in education and more specifically on the changes which follow from the transitions to digital learning landscapes.

Painting by Henrika Florén, 2004

Discussing “The Truman Show”

Cartesius (or Descartes) was French philosopher (1596-1650). One of the ‘problems we battle with today which goes back to Cartesius is the division of body and mind. “Cogito ergo sum” (I think therefore I am).

  • Discuss what is meant by the expression ‘cartesian nightmare’ in

Have you ever wondered whether everyone talks about you behind your back? Whether they are all keeping something from you? John McGuire discusses the Cartesian nightmare that is The Truman Show (from Philosophy Now)

  • Then read the article where the quote above is taken from, and discuss how the film deals with ‘the problem of skepisism’.
  • Think about the reality shows you find on tv any day of the week. What are the ethical differences between the fiction of The Truman Show and ‘fly on the wall televison’?

The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin

Today, Kate Chopin (1850–1904), is recognised as one of America’s essential authors. She has been credited with introducing the modern feminist literary movement. The Encyclopaeida Britannica writes  that “her concerns about the freedom of women foreshadowed later feminist literary themes”. You can read more about her as well as her short stories as and at

She wrote  “The Story of an Hour”  in 1894, and although more than a century has passed the situation in the story is not unheard of in today’s world. Read (and/or listen) then consider what really happened in the story and more importantly why?


From the textbook “Core 2” by Jörgen Gustafsson, Monica Hjorth, Eric Kinrade. Published by Sanoma Utbildning. Extract at

Toth, Emily. (2017). “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.’” Retrieved from

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (februari 14, 2016) “Kate Chopin” in Encyclopædia Britannica: Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Retrieved oktober 27, 2017 from


Mallar, Office 365 mm

Vill du lära dig mer om hur man kan arbeta med mallar och olika dokument?

Prova en mall om du vill veta mer om Word, Excel och PowerPoint. Det finns också många kostnadsfria Office-mallar för alla typer av projekt.

Allt fler använder Office 365. Om du behöver hjälp på vägen finns det korta instruktionsfilmer du kan ta hjälp av.

Practice basic grammar

IXL lets you practice a few times without a log in. There are exercises for all levels and for several subjects. Here below you find links to some exercises where you can practice basic, but important, English language skills. Try them out and if you find them useful IXL has more.

NOTE, the exercises below lets you pracise BASIC skills.

PRACTICE: Complete the sentence (agreement)

PRACTICE: Which tense does the sentence use?

PRACTICE: Find the picture that matches the action verb


PRACTICE: Homonyms – Match the sentences to the pictures.

PRACTICE: Match antonyms to pictures


PRACTICE: Match the contractions to the words.

PRACTICE: Use regular plurals with -s, -es, and -ies


Ergonomics worksheetsA project for English and Physical Education.

The booklet includes information and facts relating to ergonomics as well as language exercises, vocabulary, reading comprehension etc. (Embedded booklet/worksheet to the right).

“Ergonomics is a science-based discipline that brings together knowledge from other subjects such as anatomy and physiology, psychology, engineering and statistics to ensure that designs complement the strengths and abilities of people and minimise the effects of their limitations. Rather than expecting people to adapt to a design that forces them to work in an uncomfortable, stressful or dangerous way, ergonomists and human factors specialists seek to understand how a product, workplace or system can be designed to suit the people who need to use it.” Read more about ergonomics at

Definition from Merriam Webster


News and media

When learning or teaching English news are a gold mine. News items give you up to date English. They are short, can be chosen after your fields of interest or purpose. The quickest way I know of to improve your proficiency, without actually going to an English speaking country, is to daily read and listen to news in English.

Using news articles from the British Council will supply some help should you need it.

Some news sites:

CNN 10 (for students)
Newsweek (international edition)
The Local (Europe’s news in English)
The Local Sweden


Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 4

After reading Fahrenheit 451 and watching 1984 you should write, “Dystopia in Literature, a Comparative Study”.Dystopia in literature

Write a formal structured ESSAY where you consider the filmed adaptation of 1984 (Orwell) and the novel Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury), and compare them from the following aspects,

  1. How truth is handled.
  2. How literature is regarded and dealt with.
  3. How war is described and the functions of war.
  4. Hope, if there is hope and in what form and finally,
  5. in the end, who wins and why?

Part 3: Essay Instruction

If you are aiming for the higher grades you can also include a comparison of the use of symbols and metaphors in Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. (See post Literary Devices). In your analysis you should exemplify, building your analysis using examples from the text (quote or retell) and the film (refer to scene or passage).

Your text should have a clear logic with a coherent use of paragraphs, linking devices and a formal register. Remember not to use contractions.


General Writing OutlineFor help with your writing, structure, linking words etc. please refer to

Core 2, p. 249 devices for argumentative vs reasoning text)Viewpoints 3, pp 200-201 ”Literary Analysis”
Ready for CAE p. 197 ”Essay”


AND the document General Writing Instructions




Gustafsson, J., Hjorth, M. & Kinrade, E. (2009). Core English. 2. (1. uppl.) Stockholm: Bonnier utbildning.

Gustafsson, L. & Wivast, U. (2014). Viewpoints. 3. (1. uppl.) Malmö: Gleerup.

Norris, R. & French, A. (2008). Ready for CAE. Coursebook. Oxford: Macmillan Education.

Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 3

Embedded booklet with full instructions for the theme to the right and below instruction to use while watching the film 1984.Dystopia in literature

Watch 1984 using the instructions for ‘while watching’.  (It should be the version with John Hunt and filmed in 1984)

Questions to consider while you watch. (Take notes)

What is most significant about Winton’s, Julia’s and O’Brains characters?

How do you react to the starting scene and the phrase ”Who controls the past controls the future”?
What is this communal mass outpouring of emotion at the start of the film?

What is the role of Newspeak?
What is the role of censoring?
What is thought crime?
Waht is sex crime?Part 2: while watching 1984
What is the function of the hidden diary in the story? Does it symbolize anything?

What is the significance of (the sign of) the ’crossed arms’?
What is room 101?
What or who is Big Brother? Is he/it a real person?

What is the role of war? In this film?
How is technology used by the party?
Winston lives in Oceania, what is the rest of the world like?

What is the function of the symbols Winston’s paperweight, the St. Clement’s Church picture and the red armed woman and the “the place where there is no darkness.”

Winston’s public confession. Does he believe what he is saying? Is he a broken man?

And what about the relationship between Jula and Winston, how would you describe its different stages?

An most important, what is the role of language? (double think, newspeak)


Posts on this theme

Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 1
Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 2
Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 4

Dystopia in literature
Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451
Aldous Huxley and ”A Brave New World”
A Brave New World
George Orwell
George Orwell’s 1984