Englantia kaikilta mantereilta! Insights tutustuttaa englannin eri variantteihin ja tarjoaa mahdollisuuksia kehittää vuorovaikutus- ja yhteistyötaitoja yhdessä tekemällä.
Esitysmateriaali on suunnattu painettujen kirjojen käyttäjille, ja siinä on sama sisältö kuin digiopetusaineistossa: käsittelyvihjeet, lisätehtävät, kuuntelukäsikirjoitukset, painetun kirjan sisältö, äänite ja videot. Katso video esitysmateriaalin käytöstä tästä
Digikokeet tuovat uuden ulottuvuuden arviointiin ja helpottavat opettajan työtä. Uuden yo-kokeen tehtävätyypit tulevat vähitellen tutuiksi opiskelijoille jo 1. kurssista alkaen.
Kurssikohtaisissa Insightsin digiopetusaineistoissa kaikki opettajan materiaalit on koottu kätevästi yhteen. Käsittelyvihjeet, lisätehtävät, kuuntelukäsikirjoitukset, tehtävien ratkaisut ja kieliopin esitysmateriaalit on järjestetty helposti navigoitavaksi kokonaisuudeksi. Pakollisten kurssien materiaaleihin sisältyy lisäksi kieliopin tukipaketti. Opetusaineistoon on liitetty myös digikirja, jossa ovat mukana kirjaan liittyvä äänite ja videot. Mukana on Emended-työkalu oppilaiden tekstien sähköiseen kommentointiin.
Oppikirjailijamme kertovat, miten lukion englannin New Insights -sarja vastaa uuden opetussuunnitelman haasteisiin. He avaavat, miten oppimisen tavoitteellisuus, laaja-alainen osaaminen ja kieliprofiili ovat sisällytetty uudistuneeseen suosikkisarjaan.
Otavan Kirjasäätiön oppimateriaalipalkinnolla halutaan tukea ja kannustaa laadukkaiden oppimateriaalien sisältöjen kehittämistä ja tekemistä Suomessa. Otavan Kirjasäätiön vuoden 2019 oppimateriaalipalkinto on myönnetty lukion englannin Insights-työryhmälle.
Lukion englannin Insights-sarja ja ruotsin Fokus-sarja tarjoavat monipuolisia vinkkejä etöopetuksen tueksi. Poimi ne täältä!
Ooops, there goes another day…!” But it goes doing things I love: with the family and friends, and at work with amazing teenagers learning with them new things about languages, the world and life in general. And trying to put all that into English course books with my marvellous colleagues. I now teach at a normal Upper Secondary School, but I have a long history of teaching adult upper secondary school students, upper secondary plus vocational degree students and distance learning students. I was also involved in the previous Otava English course book series, Open Road, and jumped at the chance of doing it again. Times are a-changing and so must we. That alone is enough to keep us on our toes.
I teach English at Vaasan lyseon lukio which is a fairly big upper secondary school in Ostrobothnia. Besides teaching, I am also a censor on the matriculation examination board and I’ve previously worked on the book series Insights and the digital book Abilities.
I enjoy teaching English because the curriculum for English gives me so many opportunities to focus on things that I find truly interesting and important. I can, for example, talk about multi-culturalism and diversity or nature, climate and ecology. We can plan everyday climate actions as a part of our lessons, or talk about current events around the world and analyze their effects. I love the fact that I can get carried away by the themes that our studies include and I can commit to the core values of the national curriculum. Respecting human rights, improving equality and wellbeing, building skills to lead a sustainable lifestyle – these are some of the things that I am passionate about. These are also some of the things that New Insights deals with. I hope our material will help teachers in their efforts to educate the youth, give them food for thought and make them think about what is happening in the world around them.
In the early 2000s, I was living in and teaching English in Los Angeles, California, and I had a mean case of itchy feet. On a whim, I packed up my books and a completely inadequate coat and headed for Helsinki. I regret to say I knew nothing about my new home. In the intervening years, I got married, had children, got a better coat, moved to London and back, and here I am, still trying to make great enchiladas and staying up all night to watch Lakers and Dodgers games.
I spent more than 20 years as an English teacher, both mother tongue and English acquisition, also occasionally teaching drama, history, government and technology courses. These days I am the Diplomas Division Head at the International School of Helsinki, and I teach a Film course. I worked with a great group of educators on the Insights series, and when Otava said they were getting the team back together, well, how could I say no? I hope the series is as interesting to use as it was to create.
Having always had a strong interest in languages and at least according to my loved ones, an eagerness to tell others what to do, I became an English teacher. Nearly a decade of teaching behind me, I can still honestly say I have the best job in the world! I want to be able to provide students, both those who already seem to know it all and those who struggle with foreign languages, with a feeling that they can and will learn more, and that they are motivated to do so. Learning languages can be hard work, but with good and interesting material, it’s not only doable but fun!
I miss the ball a lot when playing golf and more often than not lose the ball altogether, maybe sports aren’t my thing. My passion has always been languages. I’ve studied English, Swedish, German, Spanish, Latin, French, Russian and Japanese and have come to realize that language learning has to have a real connection to your everyday life to be meaningful and interesting.
Being a teacher is great, because you learn new things every day while working together with your students and colleagues. I want to provide all of my students, both those who already seem to know it all and those who struggle with English, with a feeling that they can and will learn more. I’m interested in developing online learning environments and writing teaching materials. And the best part is that you never have to do any of it alone: writing and teaching are team efforts.
Our Insights team received a prize in 2019 (Otavan Kirjasäätiö), but the best prize is the continuous positive feedback you can give and receive in a classroom or online.
I’m currently teaching at Seinäjoen lukio, which is a relatively big high school in Finland. The main focuses for me as a teacher have always been how to keep the students motivated and engaged and how to get to be active participants during the lessons. I’ve realized, hopefully, that good learning material and well-planned lessons play an important role spiced with the teacher’s active role in creating dialogue.
This is my fourth book series that I’m working with now, the earlier ones being Culture café, Open Road and Insights. When it comes to projects, I’ve participated in several national and international development programmes and projects spanning from the first European Language Portfolio one to projects with Canadian high schools to develop practices both in the province of Alberta and Finland.