About Me

Hi there!

My name is Pernilla Elander Malmqvist and I'm a teacher of English and History with a huge interest in ICT (information and communication technology), MIL (media and information literacy), cooperative learning and bringing the world into the classroom. Through the years I've tried to bring down the walls in the classroom by making global connections for the students. Early on in my teaching career my students wrote hand-written letters and later on e-mails to students in New York State and the exchange lasted for a few years with the occasional treat being sent through the mail too. :)

I started with Skyping and Mystery Hangouts in mid-2014 and have been hooked ever since. I believe that my students will see how the world is within arm's reach and the sessions will reduce their inhibition of speaking to native speakers. The Hangouts and Skype sessions have contributed to an increase in, for example:

* cultural knowledge
* speaking skills
* cooperation between students
* connections across borders

One especially fond memory is when one of my classes participated in the Global Read Aloud 2015 and got to have a private session with the author of the book they had listened to/read: Laura Dron. Another great memory is from when we had arranged a session with a class in New Zealand, who had stayed in school long into the evening, just for our benefit. Here's an article about that hangout: 

Hangout with New Zealand - article from Lärarförbundets Alfa and here is our own documentation of it:

In March 2017 I arranged a 24-hour Skypeathon for three classes. We stayed at school and spent the night as we simultaneously took on 35 calls from 12 countries in 24 hours. The students worked in groups and had prepared for the different kinds of sessions: Mystery Skypes, Q&A-sessions and Virtual Field Trips during the English lessons. Here you can read about the calls we made during this event. Below: article in local newspaper Borås Tidning about the Skypeathon (in Swedish though):

In November 2017 we conducted another Skypeathon, however this time only for 12 hours. This too, is documented in the blog, if you are interested in reading about it.

When it comes to educational methods I believe in challenging the students with the help of cooperative learning (CL), formative assessments and feedback for learning (BFL) with a little dash of a positive mindset, a digital framework and an enthusiastic approach to my subjects. I have been selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) for 2017-2018 and a Skype Master Teacher. Also, I am a Flipgrid ambassador.

I am currently working as an English and History teacher at Bäckängsgymnasiet (Bäckäng High School) in Borås, Sweden.

Contact info: englisherp@gmail.com



  1. Hej
    Vilken fantastisk blogg. Jag sitter här och har fastnat lite i min engelskundervisning. Undervisar i årskurs 4 och 5. Känner att jag skulle behöva inspiration och det verkar du ha massor av. Finns det någon möjlighet att du skulle vilja berätta lite mer för mig hur du tänker när du lägger upp undervisningen. Känner att jag har fastnat lite i att man ska ha en bok att följa och jag tycker inte längre att jag får med mig så många elever på det tåget vilket jag fullständigt förstår. Min mailadress är eerlandsson77@gmail.com. Varma hälsningar

  2. Hej! Jag vill uttrycka min uppskattning, Pernilla! Jag har fått massor av idéer och inspiration. Tack för att du delar med dig! :)

    1. Hej Ann-Sofie!
      Vad roligt att se din kommentar - det uppskattar jag mycket! Kul att du hittat inspiration.... Må så gott! :)