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Anglophone Cultures 8.2

Skapad 2018-12-29 16:46 i Rödabergsskolan Stockholm Grundskolor
Grundskola 8 Modersmål Engelska
Why do so many people around the world speak English? This course takes a look at the many areas of the world where the English language plays a big part, and how it has come to do so. We will also study the process of language creation, from a biological as well as a linguistic point of view.



We will learn about the English language influences in the world.

We will read and listen to text and talk from a variety of Englishes.

We will look at how words and grammars are built, and have a go at deciphering other kinds of English than the written standards.

We will study the genre of travel writing, and you will create your own travel blogs and vlogs, learning to use online tools for this.

We will delve into the world of advertising, and consider the power of words in general, as well as learn new subject terminology.



At the end of the course, you should ...

... be able to describe and compare different styles of blog/vlog.

... be able to create an online blog, using both text and video.

... have developed your thinking concerning the connections between images and text when it comes to conveying atmosphere and balancing content.

... have a working knowledge of the genre of travel writing and its different forms

... have expanded your knowledge of the English-speaking world.

... have developed some strategies for communication when the level of English fluency is not sufficient either with you, the person you are speaking with, or both. 

... have developed your understanding of why and how English has spread around the world, and be able to explain and exemplify different ways other language cultures use English.

... be able to analyse and express an opinion on an advertisement, using subject terminology.

... have given a prepared oral presentation.






Throughout the course, there will be a number of assignments, tasks and quizzes which serve as learning material in preparation for the final assessment (an individual presentation, a group discussion and a written task), but which can also serve as proof of skills and knowledge. The more active you are in class, the greater your chance is of learning and showing that learning. Only tasks submitted on time will be given feedback. 


  • Promoting New Heroes

  • HW & Class task: Blog review

  • Travelog from an English-speaking area

  • HW/Classwork: Ad presentation

  • HW: Book Club

  • TEST: English Language History & Analysing Advertising

  • Advertising check

  • HW: Review English Language History

  • Bill Bryson

  • White Teeth - read and learn the words

  • HOME STUDY: Genre: Travel Writing

  • HW: Bill Bryson vocabulary

  • Blog review

  • Evaluation - Travelog

  • Advertising intro

  • HW: Explore products


En Ml
Critical Skills - Advertising

Yet to attain
Minimum goals attained
Minimum goals exceeded
Higher goals attained
Language - terminology
Ability to use correct and appropriate language.
  • En  E 9
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • En  A 9
Does not use or recognise the majority of terms.
Uses or recognises the majority of terms.
Uses and recognises the majority of terms.
Is conversant in terminology and uses without preparation or prompting. Du använder termer korrekt och spontant.
Ability to discuss an advert's message as it is presented and as it relates to reality. Ability to relate experience (own or others) to the message.
  • En  7-9
  • En  7-9
  • En  7-9
  • En  7-9
  • En  E 9
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • En  A 9
The message is not explained and/or exemplified.
Treats, to the most part with accuracy and relevance, more than one aspect of the advert.
Clearly explains and accurately treats more than one aspect of the message and their relevance.
Clearly delineates, evaluates and treats, by both text and real life reference, more than one aspect of the ad. Du behandlar flera olika budskap och idéer på ett tydligt sätt och kopplar samman reklambilden med verkliga livet.

En Ml
Types of Text: Travelog

Not yet
Minimum goals attained
Minimum goals surpassed
Higher goals attained
Form of text type
  • En  E 9
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • En  A 9
Text needs more work to be clearly identifiable as travel writing. Text doesn't match instructions closely enough.
Text is recognisable as the intended type through use of at least one typical layout feature and one typical device.
Text is recognisable both by layout features that show considered choices and by use of several type devices.
Text is clearly recognisable as the intended type, and uses many relevant features in an efficient and/or creative and/or original way.
Language of text type
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
Language needs work before it is clear or advanced enough to be understood and/or match the purpose.
Text is basically correct and attempts variation in word choice and/or structure.
Text is mostly correct and varied and shows evidence of considered choice and efficiency and/or appropriate style/tone.
Text is correct, and appropriately varied, both in word choice and structure, which cooperate to facilitate and enhance reading and interpretation. The tone complements the content.
Critical skills: comparative
  • En  7-9
  • En  7-9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • Ml  7-9
  • Ml  7-9
  • Ml  E 9
  • Ml  C 9
  • Ml  A 9
Not enough similarities and/or differences noted. Features not clearly expressed.
At least 2 similarities and/or differences noted. Some basic explaining of correctly identified features.
All major similarities and differences discussed.
All major similarities and differences discussed using subject terminology and a clear comparative structure.

En Ml
English Language History

Not yet
Minimum goals attained
Minimum goals surpassed
Higher goals attained
  • En
  • En  7-9
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • Ml
  • Ml  E 9
  • Ml  C 9
  • Ml  A 9
Has not shown knowledge of the spreading of English throughout the world.
Shows basic knowledge (= at least 1 reason and 1 way) of the spreading of English throughout the world.
Discusses cause and effect of English Language influence in the world.
Comprehensively discusses cause and effect of English Language influence in the world, mentioning most of the studied aspects, and using subject terminology.
  • En  7-9
  • En  7-9
  • En  E 9
  • En  C 9
  • En  A 9
  • Ml
  • Ml  7-9
  • Ml  E 9
  • Ml  C 9
  • Ml  A 9
Has not shown a working understanding of word formation.
Demonstrates practical word formation skills.
Can use as well as discuss word formation and language development processes.
Can use, discuss, exemplify and explain word formation and language development processes, using the appropriate terminology.
World Englishes
Shows difficulty understanding many standard or standard-close accents and dialects. Shows difficulty using language strategies to decipher meaning.
Shows basic understanding of many standard or standard-close accents and dialects. Shows ability to use and explain at least one language strategy to decipher meaning.
Understands standard or standard-close accents and dialects, and places some of them by region. Can use and/or explain several language strategies to decipher meaning.
Understands standard or standard-close accents and dialects, and places some of them by region. Can use and explain several language strategies to decipher meaning of non-standard versions. Uses etymology and dictionary information successfully, and can generalise from it. Uses subject terminology.

En Ml
Online communication: Blog - Travelog

Nivå 1
Not attained
Nivå 2
Nivå 3
Layout: legibility
Q: Can I read the text easily? Can I find the blog posts easily? Are items (photos, titles, buttons etc) well placed in relation to the content?
Layout hinders clarity, e.g. text is placed over images, making it hard to read, and/or the font is unclear, and/or the set-up makes it hard to identify different posts or find text/information.
Layout is clear and parts are easy to identify and find.
Layout helps guide the reader.
Layout: aesthetics
Q: Do the colours, the choice of background, the placement of photos and the font(s) used fit the area covered and the general style and tone of the blog?
The design has several elements that do not match the content of the blog.
The design does not distract from the content.
The design highlights the content and complements it well.
Content: facts
Q: Can you find facts in the text? Is the factual information correct? Are you satisfied or left wondering about things mentioned?
Very little factual information about the place(s) and/or the facts are incorrect.
Enough facts to feel relevant. No major errors. No important facts missing. (E.g. a restaurant or venue is mentioned at least by name).
Facts about the place(s) are explained and details are relevant, either the the place or the experience, or both. Covered facts are detailed (e.g. a restaurant or venue mentioned is given by name and sometimes also by contact details, specific location and further reading links). Well-known venues that were not covered may have been mentioned in passing.
Content: images
Q: What are the pictures like? Do they help illustrate the text?
No pictures, or several of the pictures are not connected to the place(s).
The pictures are connected to the place(s) covered.
Pictures are connected to specific parts of the text and used (e.g. for sectioning, mentioned, referred to) to enhance the reading.
Content: storytelling
Q: Do you feel connected to the text, the author and the place and activities? Does it engage the reader? Is there a personal touch?
The text is missing the feeling of "story-telling" and engagement. It is more like a list of facts and activities.
The text feels like a story and the reader can feel a bit like they are sharing an experience.
The travel story is shared in an interesting and personal way. There are helpful details, personal opinions and reflections woven together. The "red thread" is easy to follow. The reader feels part of the experience. You can hear the voice of the author.
Language: correctness
Q: Are there language mistakes (spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, Swenglish etc)?
The language mistakes make the text too hard to read.
There are language mistakes, but they are not too disturbing and no not ruin the reading.
Few or no language mistakes.
Language: variation
Q: Is the language varied or repetitive? Do most sentences start the same way?
Very repetitive or not long enough to show variation.
Varied enough to not feel very repetitious.
Varies in word choice, sentence length and tone (e.g. both serious/formal and more informal, humour etc).
Genre - travel blog
Q: Does it feel like a travel blog?
Doesn't really feel like a travel blog.
Identifiable as a travel blog by certain features, but could be clearer.
Clearly looks and feels like a travel blog.

En Ml
Analysing Advertising - oral presentation skills

Needs improvement
Did you prepare well for this assignment?
Homework not completed.
Some parts completed or not obviously skipped.
You completed all parts of the preparatory work (analysis notes, homework task - video recording and self-evaluation).
Ad selection
Did you choose an advert that suits both you and the task? (Your result may be influenced by your choice of ad.)
Your ad either lacks enough to talk about or is too complex for you to analyse (e.g. an ad with hidden meanings that you have not understood).
Selected ad contains all aspects for analysis, and allows for a full-scope presentation.
Did you say all there was to say about an ad? (Your level of analysis may be influenced by your choice of ad.)
Major parts not covered. (Either simply missed or ad choice prevents complete analysis.)
Covers most points on a basic, descriptive level as well as some attempt at interpretation and deeper analysis and/or connection between parts of the advert.
Covers most points and interprets them and connects them to each other.
Presentation clearly and correctly covers all points, most of them in-depth, and focuses on the most important or obvious parts of the advert.
Speaking - range and use
Did you use the best possible language, including subject terminology?
Your English needs more work for the listener to be able to understand you enough.
Your English on a basic level in a way that can for the most part be understood, even if there are mistakes.
Your English is clear, flows quite well, and is reasonably appropriate for the purpose.
Your English is clear, flows very well, and is appropriate for the purpose.
Presenting to others
Did you appear well-prepared and focused on the task?
You admit or clearly show that you are either not ready or not interested in doing a good job, or both.
Focused on the analysis but not on the presentation skills, or vice versa.
Good focus on both content and delivery, with occasional slips.
Focused, at ease, some connection with audience.