Learning for the exams

Yesterday we had the first meeting of our english state exams learning group. I already started learning and reading the books but of course there is a lot to do and some of the others are even writing their thesis right now! Luckily I wrote my thesis already and now can concentrate on studying.

The topic for the English exam will be:

Cultural Studies: From Churchill to Cameron – Politics in Britain since WW II

And keywords are:

  • Political developments in the UK
  • Britain’s position in the world (wars, in the EU, Commonwealth)
  • Foreign Policy
  • Immigration and Multicultural society
  • Role in the classroom (e.g. ICC, multiculturalism, Britain in the Classroom)

He gave us quite a reading list and some I already studied, thats because I want to present some of the juiciest quotes here:

From Patriots – National identity in Britain 1940 -2000 by Richard Weight, p 300: “ Tory MP Bob Bothby, who was then sleeping with Harold Macmillan’s wife, Dorothy, observed: ‚In 1935 we were on top of the world: by 1956 it had all gone. It took the Roman Empire three hundred years of of most enjoyable decadence to achieve that end: all we can do is seek a fraction of that decadence in what we call our permissive society“

At least there is still very pleasant old English tunes, that you get to know when studying about, like Greensleves:

And on the Decline of the Empire and the Profumo affair (p. 269): „Nancy Mitford compared 1960s Britain to Venice in the sevententh century: ‚Perhaps‘, she suggested, ‚masked naked men, orgies and unlimited spying are an accompaniment of maritime powers in decline. Certainly the whole Ward affair comes straight out of Casanova'“

At least learning for the exams with the topic „Britain from Churchill to Cameron“ is at least entertaining.

Much less spicy but easier to read is Andrew Marr’s „A History of Modern Britain„. He is a BBC journalist and produced a TV series on the same topic as well:

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Vokablen Bahasa Indonesia

Und hier eine Vokabelliste die ich mir mal so angelegt habe: Vokablen BI Nr 1.

Heute ist übrigens in der New York Times ein Artikel über die Indonesische Mittelklasse, meist in Jakarta, die es schick findet nicht so gut Indonesisch zu sprechen und dafür mit den Kindern lieber Englisch spricht.

Die Liste geht hier weiter: Vokablen BI nr2

Und hier findet man vom Internet TESL Journal ein gutes Englisch – Indonesisch online quizz

Mehr mit mehr Vokabeln…

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Indonesisch lernen

In Deutschland Indonesisch zu lernen ist nicht so leicht. Weder wird Indonesisch an Schulen gelehrt, noch viel an Hochschulen, noch sonst wo. Auf dem Markt gibt es neben der CD von Rosetta für gut 200 Euro nur ein Lehrbuch, das stammt vom gleichen Professor, der dieses schon seit 30 Jahren zu schreiben scheint und früher schon in der DDR Professor für Indonesisch war! „Indonesisch lernen“ weiterlesen