BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

viernes, 29 de septiembre de 2017

False impressions




We sometimes may get wrong impressions when we see certain behaviours. Here's an example:


Listening exercise to do: Having a row or asking for directions (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

 

Certain people may look nice at a first impression (remember this post in this blog: Do you trust first impressions?), but they may turn out to be evil. For example, we all thought Selectivity exams were so difficult, but when we did one we found out they weren't 'that' difficult (pay attention to the colloquial use of 'that' instead of 'so').

 

I don't like politics at all. Actually, I hate it, as they only try to manipulate people. However, I think it is important to read something about the referendum in Catalonia regarding the possibility of including this topic in the Selectivity exams. Here are some articles to read about the issue:


 

And here are some tasks to do with this old selectivity exam:

ENGLISH: THE LANGUAGE OF THE 21ST CENTURY
By the year 2000, a quarter of the world's population will speak English. For some 400 million people English will be their first language. But for another 1,100 million, English will be a second or third language of choice for business, science and popular culture. Three quarters of the world's mail, for example, is currently written in English.


But why is English rising so far above the world's other languages? There are no clear linguistic reasons for the global dominance of English. The grammar is complicated, the pronunciation eccentric, and the spelling peculiar. But a language becomes powerful when a nation becomes powerful. This power may be military or cultural or economic, as is the case of the U.S.A. Another key factor is flexibility. English has borrowed vocabulary from more than 150 languages.


However, as the language spreads among non-native speakers, it will invariably be transformed to suit regional needs: Local vocabulary and pronunciation will replace existing British and American usages. Dictionaries of Asian, American, Caribbean and South African English have already been published. We may soon experience the emergence of a neutral conversational English for international use, with each nation retaining its national variations.



LEXICON

1. Find one synonym in the text for NOWADAYS (adverb)
2. Find one opposite in the text for WEAK (adjective)
3. Find one synonym in the text for SUBSTITUTE (verb)
4. Find one synonym in the text for RISE (noun)

GRAMMAR

1. Give a question to this answer:     Three quarters of the world's mail is written in English.
2. Put the following sentence into the active voice: Many dictionaries have already been published.
3. Join the following sentences with a relative pronoun:
There is no reason for the dominance of English. Its grammar is very complicated.
4. Put the following sentence into reported speech:
"Each nation must retain its own national variations," linguists said in 1980.

LINGOHACK  >>>

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3 comentarios:

  1. It is said that first impressions really matter, as "you make only one first impression" and that they could greatly influence on how you are going to be treated and viewed. In this essay I'm going to talk about how important first impressions are, what the people think about all of this, and finally I'll write a bit about false impressions before giving my opinion.

    First of all, if it's the first time you meet someone, surely you will observe him/her in detail, you will notice the clothes he/she wears and even the way he talks. Afterwards, you will realize the kind of relationship you are going to have, according to what he likes doing on his spare time, in what he's interested, etc.

    From my point of view, the most important thing you have to consider when you meet a person for the first time is his personality, that is to say, if you have with him, if he's friendly or not. However, we shouldn't trust so much first impressions, since there are also false impressions. A person might being lying about himself, so I reckon we must to take some time to know well him. For example, there are people who lie about the music they like listening, due to the fact that he wants to please someone.

    In my opinion we shouldn't trust first impressions, because in my case, I'm so shy that the first time I meet new people I keep quiet. However, when I take confidence I'm outgoing. What I do think is that we always must be ourselves, and ensure that a person is trustworthy before telling him our secrets.

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  2. It is said that first impressions really matter, as "you make only one first impression" and that they could greatly influence on how you are going to be treated and viewed. In this essay I'm going to talk about how important first impressions are, what the people think about all of this, and finally I'll write a bit about false impressions before giving my opinion.

    First of all, if it's the first time you meet someone, surely you will observe him/her in detail, you will notice the clothes he/she wears and even the way he talks. Afterwards, you will realize the kind of relationship you are going to have, according to what he likes doing in his spare time, in what he's interested, etc.

    From my point of view, the most important thing you have to consider when you meet a person for the first time is his personality, that is to say, if you have with him, if he's friendly or not. However, we shouldn't trust so much first impressions, since there are also false impressions. A person might be lying to you about himself, so I reckon we must take some time to get to know him well. For example, there are people who lie about the music they like listening, due to the fact that he wants to please someone.

    In my opinion we shouldn't trust first impressions, because in my case, I'm so shy that the first time I meet new people I keep quiet. However, when I have more confidence I'm outgoing. What I do think is that we always must be ourselves, and ensure that a person is trustworthy before telling him our secrets.

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  3. Do you trust first impressions? Do you think the first behaviours when you know a person are important? or are they just a mask to hide his or her real personality? Here is the key question. Here is the key question. First, I'm going to talk about how important first impressions are, later, I'm going to talk about their consequences in the society and finally, I'll give my point of view about this theme.

    Nowadays, have good impressions are very important when you know new people, when you arranged for a date, if you are looking up for a job,.....The way you talk, you dress, you see, you behave,....can make a better or a worse impression of you. When you meet a person you should watch him or her in detail, focus on what he says or on how he says it. Then you should decide what kind of relationship you are going to have with him or her. However, I think you must make sure he isn't lying you because false impressions can also exist. There are many people who lie to do a false image of him or her. In Spanish this action is known as selling someone the motorbike.

    From my point of view, first impressions haven't got more importance than know a person. This is what I think because in my case, I'm a very friendly and cheerful person, but when I meet someone I'm more serious and shy than usual. I think you should get to know a person to telling him or her about your private life or your secrets, is convenient be a prudent person than be very social for the first time.


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