Conversation with a Foreign Student

Published: 27.01.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
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You attend a vocational course at an upper secondary school in Norway. A student visiting from a similar school in England would like to know what Norwegian schools are like. What would you answer him/her?

Act out a dialogue in pairs. One of you is a visiting student from England and the other a Norwegian student. Base your dialogue on the instructions below. Remember to shake hands first!

Norwegian student

Visitor from England

  1. Greet the visitor
  2. Find out something about him/her
  3. Where he/she comes from
  4. Why he/she is visiting Norway
  5. How long he/she is staying here
  6. What he/she plans to do in the future and why
  7. Answer his/her questions about the course you are taking
  8. Answer questions about school environment, discipline and school cafeteria/canteen.
  9. Finish the conversation in a suitable manner
  1. Answer his/her greeting and questions
  2. Find out: Which trade he/she is studying
  3. Find out: Why he/she chose it
  4. Ask him/her to describe what the course involves
  5. What qualifications he/she will have at the end of the course
  6. If there are any advantages and disadvantages of this course
  7. What his/her future plans are
  8. Ask about the school environment. discipline, etc.
  9. Finish the conversation in a suitable manner


You will find information in English about all upper secondary education courses at this link: Programmes for Upper Secondary Education in English 

Useful Vocabulary
  • Mekaniske yrker - mechanical trades (e.g. welder, industrial mechanic, etc.)
  • Kjemisk prosessyrker - chemical processing trades (e.g. process operator)
  • Laboratorieassistent - laboratory technician/assistant
  • Lærling - apprentice
  • Læretid - apprenticeship
  • Fagbrev - craft certificate
  • Studiekompetanse - university entrance qualifications (A-levels (England))
  • Ingeniørutdannelse - engineering course (leads to a degree in engineering)
  • TIP - technical and industrial production
  • TAF - technical and general subjects
  • DH - design, arts and crafts
  • Byggfag - building studies