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Listening: A School Year in New Zealand

New Zealand landscape (Copyright: Getty Images)

Mariken is a 17-year-old Norwegian girl who has spent a school year abroad as an
exchange student in New Zealand.


How many students? 650
While listening to Mariken’s story, note down what she says about the following topics:

some of the main differences between this school and her school in Norway
The uniform (it was awful ! )
Lot of rules like no jewelry, no make up,

the subjects she studied
Biology, Math, History, English and just basics subjects like that ..

foreign languages at her school

netball courts football courts (basically the same as the school in Norway) Extra curricular activities: really important in NZ Mariken plays rugby and basketball • the average school day Usually starts betw8. (Mariken "banked" a class • what students there know about Norway NZ : did not have passeport so they don't even know where Norway is ! • what New Zealanders are like It's got mountains.30-9 2 periods Breaks Group meeting Another period Lunch for 1h 2 periods • detention Worse thing ! when you get caught doing sthg you should not supposed to be …. almost like Norway 2 . • sports Rugby fields.It's not very common to learn foreign languages in NZ cause they speak Eng and they assume they don't need anything else ! Japanese (lot of international Asian Ss) My highschool did not have anything else apart japaneseSome schools should have German and French.

b) Many schools in Norway give their students the chance to take a year attending a school in another country.a) Discuss what similarities and differences there are between your school and Mariken’s school in New Zealand. Would you be tempted to spend a year at school abroad? Why or why not? c) Some Norwegian politicians have suggested that school uniforms would be a good idea. What do you think? .