Archive for February, 2012

What do you think?

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Diogo Domingues

Hi! I kind of agree and disagree with the statement because in my opinion imagination is more important than knowledge but a person with more knowledge could even imagine more stuff. I don’t know if u heard this famous expression that says: ”The more I learn/know, the less I know.”. This expression tells us that when you find an answer for something,a lot of new questions will appear from that answer. In the end my opinion is that knowledge expands our imagination and if imagination is unlimited, knowledge can also be. p.s.: Sorry for my english mistakes. 🙂

Dear Diogo,

It’s really nice to hear from you again. You show not only commitment and effort, but also, it’s clear to me that you love English (am I right?). Now, as regards your answer to the post, I have to agree with you when you say we’re constantly searching for answers and when we finally get them, new questions arise.That’s part of our nature as human beings, don’t you think? However, I do think imagination and knowledge are different assets and to be honest I’m not quite sure about whether they’re strictly connected or not. I can see your point when you say that those who possess more knowledge can imagine more (because their horizons are wider and that can be a big help, obviously) but still, some people are naturally very imaginative and creative and sometimes they don’t really know much about anything really, you see? I particularly enjoyed your last sentence “knowledge expands our imagination and if imagination is unlimited, knowledge can also be. ” It could be a slogan for an advertisement, uh?

Well done! And don’t apologize for mistakes because your writing is pretty good and it’s always a pleasure to read your texts.

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Sunday gift (3)

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Only because it’s Sunday and I thought the poem was really funny…

Today

Today I will not live up my potential.

Today I will not relate well to my peer group.

Today I will not contribute in class.

I will not volunteer one thing.

Today I will not strive to do better.

Today I will not achieve or adjust or grow enriched or get involved.

I will not put up my hand even if the teacher is wrong and I can prove it.

 

Today I might eat the eraser off my pencil.

I’ll look at the clouds.

I’ll be late.

I don’t think I’ll wash.

 

I need a rest.

Jean Little

« Modern Times represents the Industrial Revolution, during which human and handmade work was replaced by machines that could do a better and more perfect work,  at a higher speed, due to the production line. However this situation lead to an increase of unemployment. I think the film is very comic and  it somehow stands for the American Dream: the pursuit of happiness and love.» Catarina Lírio

« In my opinion the film is very interesting and comic and I liked it very much. Love and friendship are taught through silence. It is unique and up to date.» Gustavo Andrêz

« In my opinion the film was educational and very funny. The way it teaches us is unique, not using a single spoken word. It teaches us about love and the importance of never giving up.» Petru Murga

«The film is a very good one. It gives us an important and timeless lesson. We should never give up hope, love and friendship. Also, we must never stop our pursuit of happiness even though there are difficult times.» Rúben Domingues

« I think this is a unique film because it speaks about two people in love and in the pursuit of happiness. They are about to have a nervous breakdown (Charlie could not avoid it) because of the society they were living in. Their jobs required more effort and speed than usual. In my opinion, despite the age of the movie, this is really a timeless film. Its message is very important, even nowadays. We should never give up our dreams and we should keep moving on without losing our hope.» Diogo Domingues

:) Sunday Gift (2)

Posted: February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

How about visiting New York through a song ?

Enjoy!

Every weekend I’ll be sending you all a special gift. It could be anything ( a poem, a picture, a song). The possibilities are limitless. I hope you enjoy them and I’d be very glad to get something back from you too. Let’s say : it’s not a gift to me, it’s your gift to the whole class. Does that sound ok? Come one, show me your creativity!

4- The World of Work

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

We’ve recently started a new unit in our English class : The world of work. During our first two lessons, students commented on some cartoons and images and they also watched “Modern Times” with Charlie Chaplin.

NOW….

Here’s an article from the New York Times which is related to our main topic (check: www.nytimes.com). It’s interesting and updated and it tell us about how young people in London have been struggling so hard to find a job. You can also watch the video at the end of the article.

Keep in mind:  Reading newspaper articles like these, whether online or on paper, is a wonderful way to improve your language store and keep you in touch with everyday language, the way it is spoken by its native community. The benefits are countless. Enjoy!

 P.S. If you read the article, please let me know. Write a brief comment on the baloon on the top of the post. One/two sentences will be enough. Say if you enjoyed or not and say what you think about the topic.

THE NEW YORK TIMES – 15th February 2012

For London Youth, down and out is way of life.

Andrew Testa for The New York Times
She is 19 years old, well-spoken and self-possessed. But like many young people in Britain, she could not afford to remain at her university, making it impossible to find a job. London’s youth riots last summer have closed even more doors to people like her.

Sweet Valentine

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

We all know Valentine quotes, poems and lines are a bit tacky, but I think this one is O.K. 🙂

Have a nice day!

 

If I were a poet

I’d write poems to you.

If I were a musician,

Music too.

But as I’m only an average man

I give you my love

As best as I can.

:) Sunday gift (1)

Posted: February 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

” Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.Dream.Discover.”

Mark Twain

 

Every weekend I’ll be sending you all a special gift. It could be anything ( a poem, a picture, a song). The possibilities are limitless. I hope you enjoy them and I’d be very glad to get something back from you too. Let’s say : it’s not a gift to me, it’s your gift to the whole class. Does that sound ok? I hope so. Come one, show me your creativity!