Friday, October 20, 2017

Post 5: A Photograph (its story)


I’m not sure if this is a real photograph but if I have to pick an image this one is the one I like. I’ve got no idea who took or created it or when but beyond those details I think that the importance here is what it represents, “Planet Earth”, or being more colloquial “HOME”. That’s why I like it. It is a beautiful representation of our planet floating in the vast universe. This fact always keeps me thinking about the insignificance of our existence and yet the enormous importance that this tiny particle of cosmic dust has for the humankind. From my point of view, this idea is overwhelming, and makes me incapable to comprehend that men give so much importance to irrelevant things such as what color your skin is, what religion you profess, or even worse which football team you support. To make the picture worse, people even kill for these reasons. I think that if people took just some fleeting seconds every day to think about the situation we are in the universe, they would probably look back, and for sure, see how stupidly they have been behaving……….what a shame, don’t you think? :D

Write about a photograph you like.
Say:
- Who took it
- What it shows
- When it was taken
- Why you like it
- Upload it too
- Include any other information you'd like to mention.

 Word count: at least 150 words.

Add comments to at least 3 of your classmates’ blogs

Post 4: A band / singer I like


I don't really have only one favorite singer or band, but if I had to talk about one, I think, I'd choose U2, basically because they have remained popular through the years, being faithful to their own personal style. Well, since it is not my one and only favorite band, I've got no recollection of particular information about them. I know that they are Irish and that they started their musical career during the 80's. I do remember the first U2 song I heard, it was 'In the name of love' which is a pretty good song, just like many of their songs. The only U2 album I didn't like was 'Zooropa', the ones I liked the most were 'Achtung Baby' and 'Rattle and Hum'. I also like their humanitarian work and that they got involved into the political world. They have a voice in this society and they use it on behalf of those who are never heard. I think that being good in what you do in life is not enough – that's like an expensive book nobody wants to read – but being a good person is more important. That's why I like U2.

Now, what about you? Say.........
- Who your favorite singer or band is
- What you know about him/her/them
- What type of music they play
- Why you like this artist/band
- What your favorite song is. Why?
- Publish a picture or video

- Word Count: 140 words
- make 3 comments on your classmates' posts.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Post 3: My Favorite Piece of Technology


This is a very awkward topic for me, basically because I don’t like technology that much. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge its importance in this modern world. Sometimes relying on technology too much makes me feel uncomfortable. There is, though, one piece of technology that I consider extremely useful, and that is my personal computer. It was a gift from my parents because they considered that the old one I had was almost prehistoric. As you can tell by now, I’m not very keen on investing on technology. Anyways, I appreciated the gift a lot. I hadn’t noticed that my old one was that old-fashioned. This new one has been pretty helpful for my work. Besides working reasons, I only use my computer for personal things such as checking my e-mails and storing information. I don’t like the social networks. I don’t have a facebook account and I don't have a twitter account either. I absolutely detest chatting, and that’s because I’m usually working when I’m using my computer. I have no interest in making ‘friends’ unless I can see and talk to the person face to face. If I want to talk to a friend I call that person. If I can’t reach that person I send an e-mail.

Say:
- What it is.
- When you got it.
- How you use it.
- How often you use it.
- Why you like it.
- What life would be like without it.

Word Count: 130 words minimum.
Include a picture.

Comment on at least 3 of your classmates’ blogs.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Post 2: Why did you choose your career / study programme?


This could sound funny but it is true. When I was a little girl I used to play with my sister and cousins. We pretended we were at school and most of the time I played as the teacher of the school and made my sister and cousins read short stories and then answer questions about them, or other times I made them memorize a poem or song. It was something so natural for me. One thing I never doubted was my sister’s and cousins’ complete obedience, this considering that I wasn’t the oldest but somehow they thought I was the experience personified. Even though this one was one of my favorite childhood games, I never thought about becoming a teacher in the future when I was a girl. I actually never thought about any career at all. By the time I finished school I had no clue what to do. I was admitted in the physics and chemistry programme in one university (one of my strengths at school) and in the civil construction programme in another. Then I decided not to take any of those chances, I took some time off instead, you know, to find myself.
I started working on my English and then I saw the light, I could become a teacher. That was something I enjoyed doing. I took the test to enter the University again with only one purpose….to enter in the teaching training programme.
Now, being an English teacher, I am the happiest person in the world. Working for a prestigious university makes me even happier – not because of the social status -  but because it is demanding and I have to keep studying all the time, I keep learning new things from my students (psychology, sociology, arts, etc) I only wish the money aspect was better, but then again, no money can give me the satisfaction I get when I see my students learning, that’s priceless. I have never regreted my decision, what can I say? I love what I do.   

Write about:
- your dream jobs when you were a child
- other career options that you had at the moment of applying to university
- what made you decide in the end
- your experience at university until now
- the kind of job you would like to have

Word count: 120 words

Don't forget to leave comments on 2 of your classmates posts and on your teacher's post as well.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Post 1: My Auto Biography

For example:
Hello everyone. This is my first post of the semester. My name is...........I am ...........years old. I was born in......... I am studying........at the moment. I studied.......blah blah blah..........

Write a brief autobiography including....
- Birth info
- Studies info (elementary/high school/ univ)
- Family Info
- Hobbies
- Others...


- Word Count: 120 (minimum)
- Make comments on three of your classmates posts



Friday, August 25, 2017

Some Tips

Useful Connectors

Contrast:
But - pero
Yet – sin embargo
However, - sin embargo
Nevertheless,/Nonetheless, - sin embargo
While / whereas – mientras…
Although/Though - aunque
Despite / in spite of – a pesar de
On the one hand,- por un lado
On the other hand, - por otro lado

Reason:
So that – así que
Because - porque
Since – ya que
As - como
So as to + verbo infinitivo - para
In order to + verbo infinitivo - para
Because of + sustantivo – a causa de
Due to + sustantivo – debido a

Sequence:
At first /first/ fisrt of all - primero
To begin with – para empezar
At the beginning of – al principio de
in the beginning – al principio
Second / secondly - segundo
Then - luego
Later, - más tarde
After that,/Afterwards, - después,
Before that, - antes,
Eventually / finally - finalmente
In the end, - al final

Adding information:
Besides, - Además
Furthermore, - es más,
In addition, - además,
Moreover, - es más,
What is more, - es más,

Giving examples:
For example, - por ejemplo
For instance, - por ejemplo
Such as – como…
Like – como…

Time clauses:
As soon as… - tan pronto como
When - cuando
By the time - cuando
Suddenly, / All of a sudden, - de repente

Opinion:
In my opinion, - en mi opinión
I agree…- estoy de acuerdo
I disagree…- estoy en desacuerdo
I think - creo
From my point of view, desde mi punto de vista
As far as I’m concern, en mi opinión

Conclusion:
To sum up, - en conclusión,
In conclusion, - en conclusión
In summary, - en resumen,
All in all, / on the whole, - en conjunto,


Also, it is very important to remind you that..........
1.-we use www.wordreference.com  to look for words

2.-the use of google traductor or any other traductor is completely forbidden

Friday, August 18, 2017

WELCOME!!!!!


Dear Students

Welcome to the Blogging experience in English. I hope you enjoy this exercise. The point is that you develop your writing abilities, increase your vocabulary, improve your grammar and most of all, have fun writing in English.

Let’s begin by answering a few questions…..
1.- What is your name?
2.- What do you study?
3.- Do you like English? Why/Why not?
4.- How often do you listen to music in English?
5.- When do you watch movies in English?
6.- Which is the most difficult aspect of English for you?
7.- How do you plan to overcome the problems that you have regarding the English language?