Blog des Grundkurses Englisch 13

Ävrising hängs tugäser April 8, 2010

Filed under: General — Kameleon @ 9:07 am

Don’t worry about your English Abitur!
As long as you follow EU commissioner Oettinger’s simple rules, everything’s going to be alright:

1) vie cännot allow sät ävrivon dus äs hie plieses
2) vie are oll sitting in wan boot

and most important of all

3) ävrising hängs tugäser

If you should worry about your English, you shouldn’t miss “Telekolleg: Englisch for Oettinger”. Also worth watching is Katrin Bauerfeind und Harald Schmidt’s remarks on Oettinger English and the master himself “Englisch die Arbeitssprache”.



Big Brother is watching you April 2, 2010

Filed under: Science and Ethics — Kameleon @ 5:25 pm

The UK has more CCTV cameras than any country in Europe. Do these cameras really make the UK a safer place? Do only criminals have to fear the cameras? Can we trust surveillance organisations never to misuse this information? Is our personal data privacy at risk?

So again, as you can see, this is a question of science and ethics, which could be interesting for your Abitur.

Have a look at this tagesschau video blog .


GM potato “Amflora” March 2, 2010

Filed under: Science and Ethics — Kameleon @ 6:11 pm

After a fierce debate, the EU approved the cultivation of a genetically modified potato called Amflora today. Amflora was developed by Germany-based BASF.

GM Food: Monster or saviour is a nice comment (including video files) on the GM foods debate by BBC News.


The UK and Europe February 28, 2010

Filed under: UK and EU — Kameleon @ 9:32 pm

The UK & The European Union Report examines the attitudes of the UK citizens towards the European Union.
a) Read the summary (p.4) of this report. What do the UK citizens think about the EU? Make a mind map.
b) What is your attitude towards the EU? Is there a positive or rather a negative attitude towards the EU in Germany? Does it differ much from that of the UK citizens?

What do you know about the UK’s often stormy relationship with Europe? Find out more about it on the BBC Timeline and try to answer the following questions.
a) Which countries first joined the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)? Why did the UK not join it?
b) Why did the UK not want to join the European Economic Community (EEC) at first?
c) Why was the UK not allowed to join the EEC when Prime Minister Harold Macmillan asked for membership?
d) When did the UK finally join the EEC? What concessions had to be made?
e) Did all British people and politicians support the EEC membership?
In preparation for the introduction of a single currency, the euro, the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) linked currencies of countries outside the Eurozone to the euro. The aim was to reduce exchange rate variability and achieve monetary stability in Europe.
f) When did the UK join the ERM? Was Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in favour of ERM membership?
g) What was Mrs Thatcher’s attitude towards political integration with Europe?
h) What was Conservative Prime Minister John Major’s attitude towards Europe?
i) How did Mr Major once describe the Eurosceptics in his own cabinet?
j) What was Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s stance on Europe?
Read the comments to this question of the BBC polls of 2003 and of 2009. Make a mind map containing the arguments in favour of and against joining the euro.


Tories: ‘Floodgates’ have been opened to immigrants

Filed under: Multiculturalism in the UK,UK and EU — Kameleon @ 9:03 pm

Immigration is still a hot topic for election campaigns in the UK. The Conservative Party leader David Cameron favours a cap or a limit on immigration. For more information read this comment.

Last night, the Tories were accused of dog-whistle politics after the Conservative leader appeared on the front of flyers saying the floodgates had been opened to mass immigration. Critics say the flyers are alarmist and misleading because they imply limits could be imposed on entrants from EU countries such as Poland. For more information read this article.


GM Foods controversy February 23, 2010

Filed under: Science and Ethics — Kameleon @ 7:11 pm

At the moment, you are quite busy with the preparations for your LK-exams, so perhaps we can compromise on this:

Have a look at Sonal Panse’s nice and informative article on “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetically Modified Food”:
Add the advantages and the
disadvantages to your mind map of last lesson.

For further reading (not compulsory!!)
“Genetically modified foods – harmful or helpful?” by Deborah B. Whitman is an excellent article on GM foods. Yet, it’s a little long and you might find it difficult to read.


Abitur 2010 Guidelines February 22, 2010

Filed under: General,Infos,Links and Sources — Kameleon @ 5:41 pm

The official guidelines for the Zentralabitur 2010 in NRW can be found here.