Important "News of the Day"

This is how your work will be assessed at the final presentation:

  • Criteria sheet (here) as before.

  • This is new: for the criteria "Sprache" and "Inhalt" we will also consider the written content of the Wiki pages.

Older news

  • Please check new dates for final presentations!
  • Hello all. Here is a word from the coaches ;-) Maybe this is an unusual situation for you: You get your texts back full of comments and requests for changes. Normally this does not happen in school: Your work might get marked and graded, but often that's it. However, in our project you experience what is normal for authors who publish articles in journals and books. The editor wants many changes (often for a good reason). It can be a rather painstaking process to achieve the final result, which ideally satisfies both, the autor(s) and the editor(s). So please bear with us. Thanks.
  • Some of you have come across this problem: You write in MS Word in order to use the spellchecker etc. Then you paste the text into the Wiki. That way strange formats may appear, which are not the way we want the Wiki to look (note that you will need to re-format everything if it is not done as explained by the teachers). To avoid this problem, please proceed like this: Work in MS Word as before. Then save the document as "text only" (sichern als... => nur Text => ergibt *.txt-Datei). Then you open this "text-only file". From that you can copy into the Wiki without any formats coming along. Cool, no?
  • As discussed on 24.3.2010 please format external references exactly as on this page.
  • Here is what exactly happens on the day of milestone 1.
  • Please note that you MUST NOT copy images or text (whole sentences or paragraphs) from other sources. This is a breach of copyright, and is a plagiarism. We would have to delete such material before going public. There are a few exceptions: Images on Wikipedia, but only those published under the GNU license, may be used, but only if they are referened properly. Ask your teachers hoe to go about this. Of corse this rule does not apply to images provided by Mr and Mrs Gerber, as you have their permission to use them. If you want to use external text, it is better to link to that text anyway. It saves you typing it and also provides the external text in its context.
  • Note that the presentations at milestone 1 and 2 are to be held in English. Sorry, in the Word document linked to below "correct German" is mentioned. That is my mistake (Alean). Sorry.
  • Please read how to prepare for the milestone 1.
  • Gerber 11/3/10: Don't forget that the texts you are producing will be on the www. This means that your information must be as explicit as possible and understandable to "outsiders" too.
  • Note that you may not copy images from other websites and put them on to Kaffirboy, as we shall open this website to the public. We do not have copyright for such pictures.
  • There are exceptions to this rule: For example images published on Wikipedia under the GNU license may be copied if the rules given there are strictly followed. You will find relevant information if you go to the bottom of a Wikipedia page, then select "Commons => images", then select the image you are interested in.
  • Of course you can us the images provided by Frau Gerber. If you need certain photos from other third world countries, I may have some in my collection. Do not hesitate to ask.
  • Teachers are now starting to comment your work. Please do NOT remove comments, entered by the teachers, in the journal pages. Reason: Other students can learn from what you do well and what needs to be improved.
  • Please read other groups' journals for the reason explained above.
  • Mr. Alean was [[ keep-alive> Cache-Control: max-age=0> > F02/shocked.jpg|shocked]] on Friday: One student actually asked how long the project would last. No further comments are necessary ;-))
  • For now it's better to use Safari to edit pag

South Africa – Third World and First World in One Country


Our questions

What are the Third World elements in this country?
How do they compare with other developing countries?
How are they described in Mark Mathabane's Kaffir Boy, an autobiography set in apartheid times? What has changed since then?

Our project

We wanted to answer these questions in a joint English and Geography project, which lasted 10 weeks. For communication with each other and with our teachers we exclusively used "Wikispaces".

Our topics

These are the topics we examined in groups of three:
The Role of Women (Melanie Mäder, Rebekka Spalinger, Dina Hänseler)
Migrant Workers (Elio Keller, Fahim Mozaffari, Adrian Panholzer)
Children and School (Samira Agha Majidi, Bettina Solci, Nadine Arnold)
Housing and Infrastructure (Patrick Hörnlimann, Cédric Oppliger, Norman Stilli)
We, class 5b of 2009/10, are in our fifth year of English. Doing research and editing our findings in a foreign language was quite a challenge, even with the assistance of our teachers (Jürg Alean, Geography, and Ulrich Gerber, English).

Our school

Our school, Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Bülach, Switzerland, is a highly selective state school and prepares students for entry to Swiss universities. Contact us ???Mailadresse von wem???


All photos, unless otherwise credited, are by Doris Gerber.