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.
These are wonderful images. I love art supplies, paints, pencils , paper etc. Read and enjoy the wonderful photographs
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’?
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 KateChopin.org and at americanliterature.com.
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?
Toth, Emily. (2017). “Kate Chopin ‘The Story of an Hour.’” KateChopin.org. Retrieved from https://www.katechopin.org/the-story-of-an-hour/
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (februari 14, 2016) “Kate Chopin” in Encyclopædia Britannica: Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Retrieved oktober 27, 2017 from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Kate-Chopin
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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.
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 ergonomics.org.
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:
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,
- How truth is handled.
- How literature is regarded and dealt with.
- How war is described and the functions of war.
- Hope, if there is hope and in what form and finally,
- in the end, who wins and why?
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.
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.
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 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)
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