Planning the Year - Useful Online Resources
Below you will find a list and a brief description of online resources that may prove particularly useful in this course in International English. This list of recommended sites is in no way complete. It is suggested that you bookmark the pages and use them as a way to approach various curricular issues. We have chosen not to list obvious links such as news sites nor resources attached to readers/text books commonly used in this course.
About the English Language and History
On this site you can study a set of interactive animations showing the development of the English language. It also includes audio samples.
This Oxford Dictionaries' site depicts the differences between British and American spelling and terms. Besides offering writing aids, this site also contains facts about the English language and the history of dictionaries.
British and American English often spell the same word differently, for example:
- labour/labor, enthrall/enthral, or centre/center.
About News and Curricular Topics
contains educational material and lesson plans on a variety of topics and world news. Most of the articles are recorded on mp3 files. In the search bar you may type e.g. "outsourcing" or "terrorism" and come up with main articles with suggested activities.The website will enable you to keep a close eye on news and the lessons that are elaborated will improve understanding as well as language skills.
is an excellent resource for class discussions. Every day the blog presents current news by means of a brief video, an explanation of words in the news and a cartoon.
provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times contents. Teachers can use and adapt lessons across subject areas and levels, whereas students can respond to opinion questions, quizzes and other activities.
offers brief (ab. 2 min.) news videos and transcripts, whereas is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students with transcripts and discussion questions.
, Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt is engaged in research and provides information about curricular topics in our International English course. As a rule most articles and news are submitted in Norwegian.This might be an advantage, since the site requires advanced skills. It is recommended to use the entry Hvor hender det? The site also offers quizzes and tasks with useful English-speaking links.
Cross Cultural Communication and Intercultural Understanding
is a UK-based free website originally designed for business people and travellers. Among others it contains an alphabetical list of countries with valuable information about etiquettes, language, customs and taboos. It also offers very useful quizzes.
is a UK based site that promotes the use of film in education. The site offers an alphabetical list of quality films and suggests ways and activities to work with the various films and the topics raised.
Literature and Writing
Furthermore, BBC offers study guides to prose fiction, short stories and dramas. The site also provides audio clips and videos. Note that many of the literary texts are written before 1950 (it is a requirement in the curriculum for International English that the texts are from after 1950) .
includes writing resources and instructional material for students. provides tips to support students in the writing process. You will find substantial instructions and get valuable help when writing e.g. a report or a thesis.
Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
The Course in General
is a blog by Ann S. Michaelsen (Sandvika vgs). It is updated continuously and contains a lot of useful material on news in general as well as links to good teaching resources. You will also find student blogs here and you may respond to various topics being discussed.
is a blog by Nik Peachey. He presents activities where the students have to to use different web tools to improve their English as well as their digital literacy skills. He updates the blog regularly. To find activities he has published earlier, click "activities" in the top bar.