Thursday, December 3, 2015

Post 10: English Challenges

My beloved students, we have finally reached the last task of our English blog, and I think it is absolutely fair to remark the responsibility with which most of you have done these tasks. I hope you can really say and feel that you have learned something while doing these activities.

I must also mention and thank you for all that I have learned from you, something that I always like to remind myself is that it is impossible to become a better teacher or person if you don't learn something from your students every day. For all that you have taught me I feel really grateful.

So there is only one last thing to say...........Have a great professional career. Be great if you can but remember to be good as well.

Now ....your last assignment
- How did you like this subject at the university? What about the use of blog?
- What aspects of your English need to be improved and how do you plan to do this?
- Outside the English class, how much are you using your English these days? What for?
Word Count: 260 words
Don't forget to make a comment on your classmates' blogs

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Post 9: 2015 Reflections Have you had a good year?

Have you had a good year so far?........ Personally I think there is not such thing as good or bad year. You can have good or bad moments during a period of time but those times don’t define your year. To begin with, I always thank for having one more year to live and share with my family, so that’s one good thing for me. Then I consider the other aspects of my life…….As for example, I am happy for I have a job which I love. Now, regarding situations in the year that haven’t worked out so well, I can mention that my health hasn’t been the strongest aspect of my life this year. Actually, last year I got sick as soon as I ended the semester, and so I was sick during the festivities. Another thing that hasn’t worked so well is that some schools at the university haven’t paid a single penny of the teachers’ wages so far, fact that apart from causing economical problems, also causes unnecesary stress to my life; stress that weakens my immune system……Well, having said that and since I still believe life is good, and there is always time to achieve new things and overcome difficulties…….

 Now it’s your turn, write about:
- Good things that have happened
- Situations that haven't worked so well
- Your achievements
- A subject/course that you have enjoyed this year
- Other things you want to mention

Wordcount: 250 words
Make 3 comments + a comment on your teacher's post

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Post 8: Summer Plans

I don't really like to make plans for more than two weeks in advance, so I can only talk about what place I would like to visit some day before my time is over. One of these places is France, oh yes, oui, oui I would really love to go to France before I die, but I don't want to be another silly tourist taking photos to anything everywhere. I would like to live in French, and what I mean by living in French is to be immersed in the French culture, and everything that it involves. To begin with I want and need to learn to speak in French. I know a little but not enough to have a fluent conversation with a French person. Once my French is ready I would stay in Paris for a few days. First objective, the Eiffel Tower and I would probably spit from the top just because I have always said I would do that once I get there. Second objective, the Louvre Museum where I would spend a long time just admiring the master pieces they've got there.That's a real pleasure for me. I like to contemplate the beauty of paintings and discover those little details that maybe few people take time to see. My idea of fun limits the number of people I would like to be with a lot, so I have no idea who I would like to be with.........
How about you?
- Places you are going to/ would like to visit
- Pleople you are going to / would like to be with in summer
- Activities you are thinking of being part of
- If you are planning to work / study in summer

- Make a comment on 3 of your classmates'post + your teacher's
-Word Count: 240 words

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Post 7: My Best Friend

I think there is a very shallow use of the word friend. For me, for example, it is a big thing considering someone my friend, and probably that’s why I usually say I have very few friends. One of them is a friend I met when I was studying at the university. Her name is Yanet. She is some years older than me and she is very wise. We have been friends for many years and even though we don’t see each other very often, because we live in different cities, we always try to keep in touch…….

Now it’s your turn. Write about your best friend.
-Who your best friend is
-Where and when you met him/her
-How long you have been friends
-Why you consider him/her your best friend
-What the best memory you have with him/her is

Word Count: 230 words
Comment on 3 of your classmates' blogs

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Post 6: How Green are you?

I think people don’t learn environmentally friendly practices, I think that, as well as values, people acquire these practices. It has to be something you grow up with, and therefore you get concerned about the environment in your house, with your family, or your closest community. Then, once you start going to school you may learn new techniques to help the environment such as different ways of recycling. Personally, I didn’t have the chance to learn these techniques at school but I got to learn them on the internet or TV programs. Nowadays I’m into a project to recycle organic waste such as oranges peel, egg shells, or potato and banana skins or dry leaves and turn it into compost to use it as fertilizer……….
How about you? Say:

-Where do you learn about environmentally friendly practices?
-Have you incorporated recycling into your habits? Describe
-Do you use a bike or your legs instead of a car?
-Have you joined or supported any eco-organization? Why/Why not?
-What else have you done / would you like to do?
-What have you done to reduce your carbon footprint?
-What’s missing in our society/ Santiago regarding this issue?

Word Count: 210 words

Don’t forget to comment on at least 3 of your classmates’ posts

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Post 5: My Future Job

I'm pretty sure I have the job I wanted when I was studying at university. I always wanted to teach in a university, because I thought (and still do) that I needed something that was a challenge for me. There are certain people who like the comfortable zone, I'm not that kind of person. I don't mean I like to live in danger or stressed all the time, what I mean is that to teach in a university, you have to keep improving your methods of teaching, increasing your vocabulary, finding better ways to explain your students some grammar point and plenty of other things that help you working to become a better professional. Besides I would really die of boredom if I had to stay in an office all the time. Moreover, considering my little bit of autistic nature, the best thing I can do is to force myself to interac with people and I couldn't imagine a better way than sharing my knowledge with others.........

-What kind of job would you like to have? How do you imagine it?
- Outdoors /indoors?
- Would you like to travel a lot in your job?
- In an office?
- What major are you studying / are you thinking of taking?    Explain why
- Add any other related ideas.

 - Make comments on 3 of your classmates’ posts + a comment on your teacher's post.
- Word Count: 200 words

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Post 4: Election Day

Voting is a very important civil action. Having the opportunity to vote is an important and full of responsibility experience, not to mention that having the right to vote is a privilege. I think that nowadays most people don’t see it that way. For most people it is a real pain in the neck. It is incredible how easy we forget that only a couple of decades ago that right was denied. Those who were born in democracy will never appreciate the importance of voting as much as us who grew up in dictatorship, even if you don’t like the candidates, even if you think politicians are not the most reliable people in this world. I refuse to believe those who say that my vote won’t make the difference………I can vote and so, as a citizen, I must have a responsible attitude. It is my duty, otherwise, how am I going to complain and demand for changes?????.......

Now it is time for you to express your opinion. Say:

-Are you going to vote in the next presidential election? Yes / No Why?
-What is your opinion on electoral campaigns? Explain.
-What qualities should a person have to run for a public position?
-Have you ever consider becoming a politician? Explain
-Make a constructive criticism to the electoral campaigns in your district?

Word Count: at least 190 words

Don't forget to make a comment on 3 of your classmates' posts