The theme of course ENA 5 at Finnish upper secondary schools is culture. During this course you will get acquainted with various aspects of culture and finally compile a portfolio of your personal work and effort. I will update this site as we go on with our textbooks and classroom work.

When you write essays, please remember to plan first (see Profiles 1, pp. 102-103 if you don't remember how). Also remember to write three paragraphs, i.e. INTRODUCTION-BODY-CONCLUSION. However, when you write an argumentative essay, you need four paragraphs (two for the body: arguments for and arguments against the topic).




Visual Arts



Assignment 1: Writing a film review

Here are some suggestions for films to watch
(You can have a look at the trailers at You Tube where a link has been provided)

Scifi and Horror:
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross 2012)
In Time (Andrew Niccol 2011)
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick 1980)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock 1960)

The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd 2011)

J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood 2011)
The boy in the striped pyjamas (Mark Herman 2008)
Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg 1993)
Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir 1989)
Rain Man (Barry Levinson 1988)
Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis 1994)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen 1977)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman 1975)
A Passage to India (David Lean 1984)
Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming 1939)
They shoot horses, don't they? (Sydney Pollack 1969)

War (and anti-war):
Platoon (Oliver Stone 1986)
Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg 1998)
Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick 1964)

Other links:

Movie actors

Movie scripts and screenplays

Oral tasks to do with a partner:

Go to (just skip the advertisements)
Discuss the three points of 'Discussion'. Then proceed to 'Activities and Games' and choose 'ESL Movie Scavenger Hunt'. Do parts one and two of the activity.

What kind of humour makes you laugh? First watch this (Mr. Bean Packing for the holiday)
and talk about humour with your partner.

Do you enjoy horror movies? Watch this (Jack Nicholson, Shining)
Talk about horror movies that you have seen.

Theme vocabulary: see Profiles 5, page 136

Literature and theatre

Assignment 2: An argumentative essay (book vs. film)
See Profiles 4 for instructions on how to write an argumentative essay.

Assignment 3: A book review

Now it's time you start thinking about which novel to read during this course. You are required to write a book review on the novel you read as a part of your portfolio. I have a list of suggestions to help you out with your choice for a novel:

Recommended reading for ENA 5.doc
Recommended reading for ENA 5.doc

Recommended reading for ENA 5.doc

When you write your book review, these hints may help you:

Tell the title and the genre of the novel, as well as the author. Did you know the author and any of their work beforehand? When and where did the story take place? Are the time and/or setting relevant for the story? Tell the plot shortly, and mention if you noticed a turning point, a twist ending or similar. Tell something about the characters, for example if they developed or changed during the story. How did the story affect you?

What do you know about your favourite book or author? Take a quiz to find out:

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. You can:
  • Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go,
  • Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer,
  • View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen,
  • Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.

Have you ever tried reading a novel online? You can have a go with for example Anne of Green Gables by Maud Montgomery at or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley at . (I would not really recommend reading online for this particular ena5 course, though.)

Do you like poetry? Log on to and you will find a list of English poems by various authors. You can learn and take a quiz on poetry vocabulary at

Theme vocabulary: See Profiles 5, page 133-134

Visual arts

Assignment 4: Write a speech which you will give at your friend´s exhibition opening Online exhibitions and museums arranged by subject, medium, movement, theme, region...

Have a look at MoMa school programs educators talk about works of art

- Jasper Johns´ painting Map. 1961:

- Marcel Duchamp´s Bicycle Wheel.1951:

Theme vocabulary: See Profiles 5, pages 134-135

Performing arts

Theme vocabulary: See Profiles 5, page 133