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Above the law?

In Britain, the Supreme Court has ruled Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament illegal. In the USA, the Democrats have started impeachment inquiries against President Trump.

Are we seeing a new trend of leaders putting themselves above the law and preferring a more authorative way of leadership? What then happens to the system of Checks and Balances in the USA and the power of the parliament in the parliamentary system in Britain? Rarely have we seen such important times when it comes to political decisions in these two major English-speaking countries…. To be continued;)

Issues in British politics

It’s hard to believe these days, but British politics is not all about Brexit… In class today, you’ve read about other political issues that are of importance to the British public. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/01/political-issues-2018-homelessness-universal-credit-social-care-child-poverty

https://uk.isidewith.com/poll/49841143

Write a blog post about one or more of these issues that you find interesting and/or surprising. Include facts and viewpoints in your post.

My first blog post

Start by introducing yourself, saying something about why you chose this class and what your expectations are.

Then write a paragraph about what you have learned about the political systems in Britain vs the USA.

Finally, write something about what you learned about different political issues in the English-speaking world today.

Welcome!

Welcome to a new school year at Fagerlia!

I am excited to have this class with you and hope we can all learn a lot and have some fun throughout the school year.

Most of you will already have your blog from last year (international English) and may continue to use this. If you don’t have a blog, or would like to create a new one, ask someone in the class to help you get started. Use wordpress.com and choose a free account. When making your account you can choose whether to have a public, private or hidden blog, but no matter which you choose you have to share the link with me. Remember, this is an educational blog, which will be evaluated, so keep it tidy and professional I will read all your blogs and they will count towards your final grade, but you will be notified which assignments will be graded. These you always have to hand in on itslearning as well.

Your first blog assignment will be to create a text in which you discuss what “politics” means to you, and where you mention some of the political events and developments in the USA and Great Britain that you are already familiar with. Do some of these intrigue you, and what would like to learn more about?

Good luck with the new school year! Make new friends and broaden your horizons:)

Ingunn

Knife Crime in the UK

As Brexit tends to overshadow every other issue in the UK, there are other challenges the Brits face, too. One of them is knife crime, which unfortunately takes place on a daily basis.

This week we will work with the competence aim “current affairs in an English-speaking country”. Read this BBC news article and sum up what you learn about the reasons for the increased knife crime. Then read CNN’s article about the same topic. What reasons does this article give for the increased knife crime? In pairs, share your findings.

Watch this documentary about knife crime. Take notes as you watch and try to find answers to these questions:

-why does knife crime happen?

-who are the victims?

-what are the consequences of knife crime?

and

-what can be done to prevent it?

Then read this anonymous letter written by a policeman in London. Identify the reasons he gives for the increased knife crime.

Finally, read British actor Lennie James’ open letter to the knife carriers, which was first published in the Guardian on June 8, 2008.

What literary and/or linguistic features does James use to enhance the message of his letter?

This is your last assignment before the written exam, and you should write a blog post where you sum up your findings about knife crime in the UK. Deadline: Friday, May 24 at 12:00.

Northern Ireland

The UK , Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Today you will learn about Northern Ireland’s present and past, and we will start by looking at some tragic, recent news from the country:

Recent news

Northern Ireland has a history of religious and political conflict. On April 18, the young 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed during a riot in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. McKee was killed on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of sectarian conflict.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh89V0ImAMM

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o3xYIoHGVE

In groups, discuss:

Why was she killed? And what are the concerns of Northern Ireland today?

Research. Find out: Who are the new IRA?

Read this text (either online or on paper):

https://passage-new.cappelendamm.no/c453153/artikkel/vis.html?tid=498532

option: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61JisaFGHFY&t=140s

For those of you who want to know more about Brexit and the border issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRMwCz_Q9b4

Write: In a blog post, sum up what you have learned about Northern Ireland and what sort of challenges the country faces today.