Having International English this year has been interesting, fun and creatively inspiring. Well, not entirely true at all times, but sometimes. It varies, okay? Keep on reading, if you want to know more about what I've had to do and the pain of writing 25 (including this one) blog posts :) In advance I'd like to say that if you don't like writing or speaking in English, why are you here? The rest of you can keep on reading.
We've discussed and written about so many well-known people who have been inspiring the young population through their work. At the top of my head i can mention our visit from our ex-Foreign Minister of Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, at the start of the year. Meeting him was definitely relevant as we were discussing the Syrian conflict and other big issues internationally and here in Norway. I was intrigued by the meetings he talked about with other foreign ministers of affairs from around the world, and what Norway was doing to help/fight in the conflicts. If you're interested in finding out more about what we discussed, the ex-Foreign Minister of Affairs' answers and a picture of him I posted here, then check it out!
Other events which have taken place this year comprises of a highly publicized collaboration with a school from London, who came here to know more about how we work because unlike them, we use the Internet a lot for not only our blogs, but assignments as well. The BBC was intrigued by us as a class and also they wanted to interview our teacher, Ann, whom they found us through in the first place. They wanted to get our opinions on how usage of Internet in class has helped us, any downsides to having access to the Internet during class and compare it to their own class environment back home.So, two reporters, two students and a teacher from the BBC Click and School Report-project came to Sandvika High School and filmed us on one of our classes where we were to write blog posts, and let me tell you, they picked a good day because... we were going to Skype with a class in South_Africa that day. Yes, we did.
Skyping with other schools from around the world is now something I can say I've done because we've had the opportunities of Skyping with schools from New York, Alaska, London and South-Africa.On this particular day, we were to question each other on the circumstances in Norway and in South-Africa which went very well, and also the students from London joined us and had really good questions. It's all documented and the whole report on us and them will be linked down in the sources if you're interested in watching it. One last note on this event: We use the Internet wisely whenever we're on it for an assignment or blog posts, and we do not mean that usage of Facebook is the way to go forward. The documentation might lead you to believe that we use this social media a lot; but trust me, we don't because we know where we can pick up a lot of useful information online for our work and where we can't, and you can guess which category Facebook goes in.
Throughout the year, like I said, we've had visits from interesting people, we've worked with cool people from different parts of the world and had the pleasure of writing it here on our blogs. So, my advice or tip for those of you who are contemplating on choosing this subject or not, I'd say GO. FOR. IT. If you're interested, then stay in class and have whatever fun you can have and don't give a shit about the bad times (I swear I'm not as deep and inspirational in real life... jeez.). If I've killed your interest for this subject, then.. go far, dude, and don't look back.