Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quién, cuándo, dónde, por qué y cómo

¿Quién es el valiente que se pone delante de una clase repleta y convence a sus alumnos de que tener unos estudios es importante, cuando está claro que vale mucho más el carné del partido que una licenciatura universitaria?
¿Cuándo empezamos mis compañeros y yo a vivir por encima de nuestras posibilidades, con un sueldo continuamente mermado y la necesidad de vivir cada vez peor para que un eurodiputado pueda viajar ocho veces al mes en clase preferente?
¿Dónde está ese sitio donde reparten sobres para que pueda pillar uno y comprar algo para la biblioteca, que por segundo año consecutivo tiene presupuesto cero?
¿Por qué un tipo como Carromero, de 27 años y con la carrera sin acabar, cobra casi 3.000 euros y yo, que soy licenciado y llevo un montón de años cotizando, me llevo al bolsillo poco más de 2.000?
¿Cómo es posible que la gente proteste cuando le traen un filete frío en un restaurante y no esté permanentemente en la calle pidiendo el exilio para todo ese hatajo de personas?
Voy a empezar a dejarme de zarandajas y a contar la verdad en clase: no estudiéis, haced amigos (a ser posible, cerca de Génova o Ferraz). No preparéis los exámenes, tomad anabolizantes y aumentad vuestras glándulas mamarias. No eduquéis vuestra mente, inventad romances con famosas o dejaos preñar por futbolistas o toreros.
Un país que abandona la educación, la investigación, la cultura, el arte y la transmisión del conocimiento. Una nación que deja de lado a los más débiles y protege a los poderosos y los corruptos. Un lugar en el que se torturan animales con lanzas mientras se cierran escuelas de música, bibliotecas y centros culturales. Este es el sitio en el que vivo. Un lodazal de inmundicia que cada día crece un poco más.— Juan José Jiménez Blázquez, profesor de secundaria y 26 profesores más, Madrid. El País, 21 de febrero de 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Students demand more English-speaking programmes on Czech Television

Prague, Oct 4 (CTK) - The Czech Education Ministry has met the proposal of the opponents of film dubbing and said it would ask public Czech Television (CT) to broadcast more English-speaking programmes on the CT:D channel aimed at child audience, the ministry announced Friday. The ministry made the promise after Minister Dalibor Stys's meeting with representatives of the Czech High School Students Union, which made the proposal as a step to help the language proficiency of Czechs, who, together with Spaniards, have the lowest percentage of adults who can speak English as a learned language.   
Stys supported the plan preferring film subtitles to dubbing. "Of course, there are situations where dubbing is necessary or advantageous at least. This mainly applies to children aged up to six or eight years. Simply because they still cannot read that well. As for the higher age categories, it is better if they can hear the original language," Minister Stys said.
The students point out that people in the countries where film subtitles prevail, such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Holland, speak English the best in Europe.
Moreover, reading Czech subtitles would help Czech kids improve their mother tongue knowledge, the students said. Television stations' representatives, nevertheless, say most viewers still prefer dubbed programmes. Dual broadcasts could solve the problem, they say. "Dual broadcasts are a way to bring English in TV broadcasts and thereby attract young people, without limiting the elderly," Czech High Schools Students Union chairman Jan Papajanovsky said.
Unlike in television, Czech subtitles prevail in the case of foreign films presented in Czech cinemas and at film festivals.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Composition Format

How to hand in an essay at university.
These instructions will help you improve your written English. Please follow them.

1. Write your composition on an A4 sheet (folio). If you type up your composition, use a size 12 typeface; do not write this small! do not write this small!

2. If you have access to a word processor, you might want to use it; if not, write it clearly by hand. Do not cross out words; hand in a clean composition. No tachaduras, please!

3. Write your full name, your group number, the composition number and the date on the top right-hand side corner:
Juan Pérez López
English 303
Composition 5
21st/22nd/23rd/24th Februrary 2013

4. Give your composition a title and write it in bold (negrita) or underline it.

5. Divide your text in paragraphs.

6. Write double-spaced.

7. When possible, incorporate the language you have learned so far in this course and/or in previous levels into your composition: phrasal verbs, idioms, reported speech, relative clauses, conditionals, new lexical items, etc.

8. Read the Punctuation Rules published on this blog and use them correctly. For example, add connectors (followed by commas) to link sentences or paragraphs. (First,… On the one hand,… On the other hand,… Nevertheless,… In fact,… However,… Finally,… Frankly,... etc.)

9. If you can't remember how to spell a word properly, look it up in the dictionary. (For example, is it ocassion or occasion?) Or, if you are using a word processor, activate the English spellchecker. This will save you any spelling mistakes.

10. Please, write only the number of words required: 100 words in Level 1, 125 words in Level 2, and 150 words in Level 3.

11. Meet the deadline and hand in your composition in class on the assigned date or during my tutoring hours. All compositions are compulsory!

Friday, October 04, 2013

No recortes, no (Un corto muy recortado)


Niños y niñas de Primaria del CEIP Vicente Ferrer Ramos de Valderrobres, en Teruel, han montado un vídeo soberbio en el que le cantan las cuarenta a quienes están desmantelando la educación pública, su educación. Una gozada de vídeo. Me he emocionado viéndolo.