Thursday, November 26, 2015

Blog Session 10: Evaluation of blog experience

Hi students, this is your last blog of this semester. Now we ask you to write about your experience writing your blogs each week, well almost each, had you written in English before at school, for example, or in other contexts? Was it diffcicult for you? Did you read the comments your classmates or I left you? What would you suggest to improve this activity? What else would you like to write about? How do you feel your writing is now after this weekly exercise?
I hope you can answer these questions and add your own evaluation and ideas, they are welcome!!
Do not forget writing and checking your blogs during each class is part of your learning process.



- Number of words: 200
- Make comments on 3 of your classmates' posts + your teacher's.
- Upload a pic

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blog Session 9: One or the Other



HI dear students, for this post, you have to choose only ONE of these  2 options:


Post 1 
Write about a career-related website that you enjoy visiting, especially when you look for information about your career. There are many on the web which are quite useful. 

You have to:

- provide the link
- describe the website (sections, features,etc)
- say how often you visit the site
- explain why you like the site.

Add comments to 3 of your classmates’ blogs 
Word Count: 180

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Post 2 
Who is a person/expert on your field that you admire? I'm sure that there is someone important you can mention, a professor from the present or the past, someone who inspires you.

You have to say:
 - who she/he is. (short biography)
- what she/he has done. (examples of their work)
- why you like her/him.
- include his/her image

Add comments to 3 of your classmates’ blogs
About 180 words



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Blog Session 8: A free Post


Hello students, today you are free to write about the topic you like in this session!! As usual you must follow some instructions:

Include as much information as you can and everything you'd like to mention about your topic.

Write at least 150 words.
Upload a picture.
Add comments to 3 of your classmates' posts.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Blog Session 7: A photograph you like



I like this picture because it is a good snapshot of the moment and it shows the force of nature, how small we are and how nature can destroy everything humans have built for years just in some seconds. It was taken in April during the eruption of this massive volcano and gives us a good perspective of how big, enormous and dangerous the eruption was. I think we can see how the wind carries the ashes and the volcanic material which allows us to think over the damage an eruption like this can cause to us. However, it does not show the consequences and the problems it caused to the inhabitants of the local towns and villages, both in Chile and in Argentina. Finally, I don't know exactly who took it but it appeared on the papers, there's no doubt it was taken by a professional photographer with a high resolution camera.

What about you? Is there a photo you like? Would you like to share it with us? Today you must 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.

Write at least 150 words.

Add comments to your teacher + 3 partners



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blog Session 6: How green are you?



Some people are always complaining against pollution but they don't do anything against pollution. Some of them smoke, use firewood to cook, lots of electric energy, they even use their cars to go to the gym to practice spinning!! The planet is at risk if we don't change our environmental practices. I think we should help our planet, our real home, growing trees, plants, taking care of the animals, even the insects because they all are part of the the life chain.
As you can imagine,  today I'd like to know how green you are, what your green habits are if you have some.

These questions may help you to organize your ideas

- Where do people learn about enviromentally 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-organisations? 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?

Remember:
- Write about 220 words
- Make comments on 3 of your classmates' posts + a comment on your teacher's post
- Upload a nice picture as usual

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blog Session 5: My future job

One of the most difficult things is to think about our future. Maybe the career we are following is not what we want and after finishing we realize we wanted another profession. Then frustration is present. We don't know what to do, we think that we should have studied another and better career, we get lost. Or maybe you can take it easily and follow another one, for example, I have a student who is a commercial engineer and now she's studying medicine at U de Chile, because engineering did not satisfy her completely, but she is happy in medicine. What do you think about your future job, are sure it is what you wanted?

So, today you will write about your future job, please consider the following ideas to write your blog:

- 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.

Don't forget to.....

- Make comments on 3 of your classmates’ posts + a comment on your teacher's post.
- Write about 210 words
- Upload a picture as usual!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blog Session 4: THEMED POST

We have a special session today, as I mentioned to you when I explained the programme, there are some sessions where you can suggest a topic to write about. So today you must suggest a theme and negotiate it with the class whether they like it or not . I will act just as a moderator and you are the responsible for agreeing on the subject!!

Please remember these rules:

- Comment on 3 of your classmates posts
- You must write at least 140 words

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blog Session 3: My favourite piece of technology





As you can imagine, my favorite a piece of technology is not just the iPad. Although it has helped me to give my classes because I have all my course books with me in the same place and I just need to connect to the data show to project the class book and material for the lessons. Some years ago, I had to carry the books which was very uncomfortable, and depending of the books, it was a heavy load. The good thing of iPads is we can connect them to the wi-fi everywhere we are, they are light, easy to carry in your bags and you can store lots of information. Unfortunately, they are very expensive!!  However, there are tons of machines that are technology as well as the mechanisms in the photo. What about you?? Today I invite you to write about your favourite  piece of technology



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.


- 130 words minimum.
- Include a picture. 
- Comment on at least 3 of your classmates’ blogs + your teacher's post.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Session 2: Expectations for a New Semester





A new semestre is always an exciting time when we are studying, new knowledge, new professors,  new subject matters and new classmates. What are your academic expectaciones for this second semestre? Are you happy with your new subject matters? How many subjects did you take? How much free time do you have? My expectations are very simple: to help my students to learn a lot of English!

Write about:

- the subjects you are doing this term
- extracurriculars you are taking
- other activities that you are part of  at university
- what you expect from this new academic period

wordcount: 110 (minimum)

> Make comments on three of your classmates posts + a comment on your teacher's post

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blog Session 1: My Auto Biography

Welcome to the Blog Sessions!! This is your first post of this semester and today you have to write your auto biography.

I was born in Santiago, at Hospital Barros Luco, San Miguel, on September 21st, many years ago... I studied at the República de Siria School, Liceo 7 both in Ñuñoa. I followed my studies in Literature and Linguistics English at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, Universidad de Chile, in Ñuñoa as well. I have 3 sisters, who work and have children. My hobbies are very different, I like reading novels, cycling, learning languages, going to the gym, going to exhibitions, buying music, for example, special box sets of my favorite bands.  I have been working in the university of Chile for 7 years and I like my students, they are very creative and good at English!!

You must include:

- Birth info - Studies info (elementary/high school/ univ)
- Family Info
- Hobbies
- Others...

Number of words: 100 (minimum)
Make comments on three of your classmates posts