Arviointi: suoritusmerkintä. Kurssia ei voi suorittaa itsenäisesti.Kurssilla harjoitellaan suullisia ja kirjallisia viestintätaitoja sanaston harjaannuttamiseksi. Kurssin aikana voidaan työskennellä projektinomaisesti opiskelijan oman mielenkiinnon kohteiden mukaan. Aiheina voivat olla esimerkiksi musiikki, kirjallisuus, urheilu, vapaa-aika, tiede.
Irish music and dances are popular and famous all over the world and so in Finland too. Dragún Irish Dancers from Turku performed traditional Irish dances and also some parts of their upcoming show called Metsänpeitto. The dance was followed by a local band called The Green Hope from Salo. A great show was performed by Isara, a band from Tampere playing both Irish and Scottish music. The concert was finished by Irish Finn from Fiskars that played traditional Irish songs.
We all enjoyed the concert very much and Isara became our favourite of the bands!
Pictures of the performers can be seen below.
Halikon Lukio International day
The exchange students arrived at school about 8:30 and went to the English classroom to present themselves and talk a little bit about their countries, after that we all went to another room to play Kahoot with the students.
After the Kahoot we went out to have lunch, and then we joined an English speaking course. At the end of the day Analia and Nilton went to Geography class while Naomi and Alice stayed with the English teacher in her room having coffee and some snack.
English course 9
Project: Meeting and seeing people
Meeting new people is awesome but at the same time it can be the worst experience in your life. Staring in the other persons eyes for too long or not knowing what to say is so frustrating. Or when you see someone you kind of know but you don’t talk so much so do you say hello or nod a bit so they notice you or just stay quiet and walk fast away from them. The situation becomes really weird and stressful. Worst that can happen is after running away you see them again a little later. That is terrible.
Good things about seeing people you kind of know is that you can get to know them better and have new good friends. Or then you find out some rumours about you and the conversation becomes even more awkward and weird than it already is. And then you want to run away.
The best thing about meeting a whole new person you have never heard is that you have a lot to talk about. Basic facts about you and the other person is a good way to continue after the small talk. You can continue with your interests if you have some in common. Maybe your interests don’t have to be the same but listening to someone explaining some things close to them is a good way to get to know them. You will know how they act when they are happy and excited or feeling any other emotion. It is way easier to get to know a person with a friend that both of you know. Then you can know things about the other person that you can or can’t do around them. If your chemistries match then it’s of course easier to continue alone without a third friend.
Bad things about seeing new people is of course not knowing anything about them. Saying one wrong word and they will think all bad of you or then they are hurt about something you do or say and the friendship ends before it even started. The first impression is important so the person wants to see you again some time.
People come and go in your life. That’s normal. But the question is why it has to be so hard. Every time someone leaves, it hurts. Every time someone comes to your life, it takes a lot of effort to make things work. Things are easier if you have a few good friends that stand by your side no matter what. Meeting people will become easier. The more you meet people the more experience you get and after a while you learn to read people before talking to them. That will help a lot in a situation where you need to work with other people.
Dear teacher and fellow students,
I am Helmi Lipiäinen and I’m here today to tell you why fur farming should be banned. And first let’s hear a story from a fur farm.
Here I am. When I look around me, I see all these cages piled up. I have my own one too. In every cage there is an animal like me inside it. I hear frustrated screaming all day long. It’s really getting on my nerves. I would like to run free even just for a while. I have only 0,8 square meters space so it’s impossible. I just go around and around and around…. Fast and faster. Trying to forget myself… And then I become angry because I can’t. I’m so overweight that I barely can move. I guess they fed me to this monster-size to get a bigger fur of me. Sometimes I’m so angry that I even bite my own tail. I think I’m becoming crazy. If I could, I would cry. Cry because of this pain that hurts me. Cry because seeing other animals being killed in front of my eyes. Cry because I know I’m going to be killed too. Cry because there is a beautiful world outside, but this cage is the only one I’m ever going to know. And cry because I don’t want to live anymore. But I’m an animal, I can’t cry. “It’s just an animal”, they say.
This story could be and is a daily life of many animals in fur industry. Their lives are just tools to get money. How far can we go just because of money? Can we really live our lives with our eyes closed of all the bad that is happening to these animals? Is it really necessary to have a dead animal’s fur on you?
In my opinion, fur farming should be banned. Furs are luxury products that people don’t even need. And I hope that you all share this same opinion with me, and if not yet, at least after this speech. But I know there are a lot of people who aren’t against fur farming and even tend to defend it. So first, let me tell you and all the defenders some facts about it.
In many European countries, fur farming has been restricted or it’s already banned. Some countries have also set the prohibition of importation for furs. Fur farming is banned for example in the UK, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Recently, in January 2018 Norway also made the decision to ban fur farming by 2025 and thus being the 14th country in Europe to ban fur farming.
European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (SCAHAW) established a report in 2001 on the conditions of the animals in fur farming. SCAHAW stated that there are problems on the welfare of all species in fur industry. It proposed numerous measures to improve the living conditions of fur animals. However, during all these years, the conditions haven’t amended. At the same time the published photos and videos show the shocking reality in the fur farms.
I can sadly tell you that our country has been unwilling to improve the conditions of these animals even slightly. The animal welfare act does not secure the wellbeing of the animals. Adherence to the law is not regularly supervised, and when it is, problems show up in most farms.
It’s not a surprise that the common problems that appear are related to the health of the animals. The animals usually suffer from many physical and behavioral abnormalities. They are kept in small cages which means they are not able to express their basic natural behavior such as running, digging and predating. In zoos, the space requirement for foxes is at least 600 square meters but in fur farms it’s only under one square meter. The lack of being able to express their nature and inability to hide causes stress to the animals. And stress induces stereotypical behavior for example repetitive circling.
One reason, why fur farming isn’t already banned in Finland is money. And that is a reason, why some people and even politicians and state officials are for fur farming. Fur industry has been quite a big part of the economy. Fur farming produces significant annual income and is an important employer in some parts of the country-side. However, according to Pellervo’s economic research, fur farming employs directly and indirectly just 4500 person-years. 4500 person-years is a lot less than the 17 000 that some politicians have incorrectly stated. Even though fur farming employs people and is a productive source of livelihood, it’s very problematic. Securing money and jobs are very weak arguments in this kind of ethical situation. It’s impossible to make fur farming an ethical form of economy with any acts so that it’ll still be profitable. That is an absurd equation. However, time goes on and we should let fur farming, an old-fashioned source of livelihood, stay far behind. Industries change, and we should find new, no animals harming ways to earn money. I suggest that we ban fur farming with a transition period and make the conditions for the animals be the best possible ones during that time. That’s what many countries in Europe have already done.
One could ask what a single person can do to make a difference. There are actually many ways to influence. The most important thing is to boycott fur in fashion. We, the consumers are together a big group that makes the markets. You can also sign the petition for a new animal welfare act on www.elainlaki.fi. It is also important to raise awareness on the problems in fur industry. The next step one can do is to support animal rights’ associations such as Animalia and Oikeutta eläimille.
You might feel that one person’s actions don’t have much impact and that it is insignificant to do anything. We aren’t always aware of our power that seems only like one drop in the ocean. But all the little drops are the ones that form even the greatest oceans. That is why we should not give up. And for that reason, we should not be quiet of the grievances in this world. Making a difference is not easy but as long as we are being silent, nothing will ever change.
Thank you for listening.
The article about Norway banning fur farming:
Fur Free Alliance:
European Green Party:
Report of the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare adopted on 12-13 December 2001:
Marriage equality should be reality in church
The law that allows same-sex marriages in Finland entered into force on the 1st of January in 2017. Even though same-sex marriages are increasingly justifiable in societies, church still keeps teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman. How can church discriminate people when the society should be equal for all? Why is love only for some people?
I’ve been told that God loves everyone and that the love of God is the greatest of power. For some people it seems obviously too hard to get.
Of course, there are people among church who are against this kind of discrimination and would allow same-sex marriages to happen in church. The ecclesiastical council decides on the doctrinal matters of church like the marriage. Significant issues, including marriage education, require ¾ majority of the votes. The problem is, that the ones who could make difference on this issue, are conservative middle-aged men and you might guess what their opinion is regarding to this matter.
Church is also scared that it will lose believers if they accept marriage equality. And I believe that it will probably happen. However, we should keep in mind that many people already have resigned themselves from church because its general opinion about marriage.
Church naturally bases its opinions on the Bible. According to the Bible marriage is only for a man and a woman. The Bible was written almost 2000 years ago by men. The world was very different back then and you can notice it when reading the Bible. For example: The Bible doesn’t judge slavery. Also, women are spoken in a degrading tone. That is why we can’t follow the Bible in a literal sense because many of its instructions are illegal and contradictory today.
Church should not cling to vanity. Instead, it should focus on the main message of Christianity: love towards each other and God. It is not church’s mission to judge anyone
Letter to the Queen of England
Greetings from Finland. How is your life going? We hope you're doing well. We are writing this letter to you to ask your opinion on some important matters. We want to know why England is a nice place to live. What is your favorite thing about England? Our favorite things about England are the landscapes, beautiful nature and great architecture.
How is it like to live in a palace? Buckingham Palace is very beautiful and seems like a great place to live. Also we would like to know how it feels like to be the Queen of England? Is it very stressful or is it enjoyable?
How does being also the Queen of Canada affect your work? Do you have to visit there often? What do you usually do in Canada?
We are worried about polar bears. What do you think should be done about global warming? This is a very important subject to us and we think that it is important to live sustainably and respect nature and animals.
We would like to know if you have some charities you always donate to or work with? If so, what were the main reasons for choosing exactly those ones?
Is there something you could do to make England the most environmentally friendly country in the world?
We think England seems like a good place to study in and perhaps even live in. Are foreign students and especially Finnish students a good thing? What about immigration in general?
There are many things we would like to change about the world, one of them being inequality. Inequality is a really discussed topic these days and that's amazing because it's very important to discuss these matters. We have understood that England has quite a lot of poor people and a big difference in wages. How are you fixing this problem or is it something that needs to be fixed in your opinion?
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We wish you all the best and take care.
Aleksi and Johanna from Finland