How does English speaking media view Sweden? Year 1 students now know …

During the first two weeks of this term, students in year 1 dropped their regular schedule to focus on a specific cross-curricular challenge – How does media in English-speaking countries view Sweden and Swedish society? More specifically, students were to prove or disprove English-speaking media coverage of Sweden by conducting a local field study.

year 1 media project

A thoughtful task designed by teachers required students to work together in groups of 4 – 6 to question, examine, debate, and draw conclusions based on their findings – and then present those conclusions in the form of a film.

The films were well structured, thought-provoking and entertaining.  Here are just a few:


This project met the goal of helping students understand –

how mass media and information technology can influence the perception of the society that we live in

and it also helped to develop students’ teamwork skills, project planning skills, as well as multimedia presentation skills.

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Students were assessed based on:

Learning goals

The starting point for the project is the following paragraph taken from the central contents of the Social Science 1b course plan:

  • Massmediers och informationsteknikens roll i samhället. Deras möjligheter att påverka människor och samhällsutvecklingen samt de möjligheter de ger människor att påverka. Mediers innehåll och nyhetsvärdering.

During the project you will also be given the chance to develop the following skills in both Social Science and English:

  • Kunskaper om hur olika politiska, ekonomiska, sociala och miljömässiga förhållanden påverkar och påverkas av individer, grupper och samhällsstrukturer.
  • Förmåga att analysera samhällsfrågor och identifiera orsaker och konsekvenser med hjälp av samhällsvetenskapliga begrepp, teorier, modeller och metoder.
  • Söka, kritiskt granska och tolka information från olika källor samt värdera källornas relevans och trovärdighet.
  • Uttrycka era kunskaper i samhällskunskap i olika presentationsformer.
  • Förståelse av talad och skriven engelska samt förmåga att tolka innehållet.
  • Förmåga att formulera sig och kommunicera på engelska i tal och skrift.
  • Förmåga att använda språkliga strategier i olika sammanhang.
  • Förmåga att anpassa språket efter olika syften, mottagare och situationer.

Thanks students and staff for engaging in such an exciting project.  Project learning about real life is one way VRG makes the learning authentic.

About kristylundstrom

I currently work as Head at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Djursholm. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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