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Course 8

We Are the World

This course is the eighth course in the upper secondary school (=lukio). All in all there are six compulsory courses; this is the second optional course. The course is divided into smaller sections called lessons. Each lesson has directions of what the student should do to "pass" that lesson. There is also an estimated number of school hours each lesson takes before the directions. Some of the lessons are based on documents found on the Internet and they have questions for you, the student to answer or they are a basis for you to write a commentary on. Other lessons focus on grammar and in these you are mainly to do the exercises, which the computer or your teacher checks. The grammar lessons no longer consist so much of theory because most of the theory has already been dealt with and it is, however, the practise that we are interested in, isn’t it! In this course there is only one grammar lesson. If you feel you need to work more with a specific grammar issue you can naturally browse the other English courses and do the grammar parts, especially the exercises the computer checks. The matriculation exams that you should do as an exercise will also on their part complete the grammar knowledge in practise.

The means to evaluate or to grade all the courses in English is the portfolio. The portfolio is simply all the tasks and exercises required for completing the course; in other words, the exercises that your teacher will evaluate. Since the grade is based on the portfolio you should do all the tasks for it as carefully as possible. Remember also to do all the exercises in the course; the ones which are there for training, and the ones that will be evaluated in your portfolio. So, to pass the course, all the exercises need to be done.

During this course, as well as in other courses, you should be writing a learning log, a journal in English in addition to the actual lessons of the course. It would be best to write at least something in the learning log every time you have worked with the course. The learning log can be written in the form "I did" and "I learnt" and it should deal with the following themes:

  1. What are my expectations of this course?
  2. How much do I think it will take up my time?
  3. How much of my time did it really take?
  4. How well did I work?
  5. How well did I do?
  6. What is the grade (=arvosana) that I should get if it is graded with numbers?
  7. How would I like to change/improve the lesson/task/course?

Since the learning log is the best example of your skills in written English (at least in continuous use) you should try to do your best in it. Naturally, the learning log will be a part of your portfolio.

You may use dictionaries as well as grammar books if you like to with your learning log (as well as everything else unless they are specifically forbidden). In addition to the dictionaries you may have, there are some in the Internet as well. A good Finnish English Finnish Dictionary can be found, for example, in the address http://ilmainensanakirja.fi and a good English -English dictionary is http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

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