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Inversion – Activity

Our language teacher, Pilar, asked us to look out for songs or poems containing inversion sentences. I found a song by Alex and Sierra, called “Little do I know”.

Little do you know
How I’m breaking while you fall asleep
Little do you know
I’m still haunted by the memory
Little do you know
I’m trying to pick myself from piece by piece
Little do you know
I need a little more time
Underneath it all I’m held captive by the hole inside
I’ve been holding back
For the fear that you might change your mind
I’m ready to forgive you but forgetting is a harder fight
Little do you know
I need a little more time….

Counterparts By James Joyce – VOCABULARY

After reading Counterparts, by James Joyce, in class we discussed the vocabulary of the story.

VOCABULARY

the tube: a machine for communicating within a building.

an order on the cashier: official permission for an advance on wages.

snug: a small private room or booth in a public house.

g.p. : a glass (half-pint) of porter.

caraway: a white-flowered biennial herb of the umbel family, with spicey, strong-smelling seeds. The seeds, when chewed, were thought to hide the smell of alcohol, and thus were offered to customers by turn-of-the-century Dublin bars.

manikin: a little man; dwarf.

instanter: without delay; immediately.

the dart: the solution.

stood . . . a half-one:  bought a half measure of alcohol.

the eclogues: short pastoral poems, often in the form of a dialogue between two shepherds.

my nabs (slang): my friend or acquaintance.

Ballast Offices: the location of the Dublin Port and Docks Board

Irish and Apollinaris:  whiskey and soda.

too Irish (slang): exceedingly generous.

chaffed: teased good naturedly.

tincture: a trace; a smattering.

small hot specials whiskey: mixed with water and sugar.

bitter: bitter, strongly hopped ale.

stood to: bought for.

smahan: a smattering; a smidgen.

barracks: buildings on Shelbourne Road for housing British soldiers.

Peony: is a pink whitish flower

That’s the knack:The quality of the gifted one

Put in your gab:to talk

Should examinations be abolished?

As our last oral presentation, Pilar asked us to make a speech developing the topic “Should examinations be abolished?”.

 

In this speech we will develop the topic, “Should examinations be abolished” and explain why we consider examinations should not be abolished.

 

As our first argument, pupils have to be evaluated by their teachers to see whether they make progress or not. Some people may argue that exams are not necessary, as they favour kids who have a good memory and techniques in most of the subjects. However, coursework and exams may test a greater range of skills and represent an efficient way to measure the knowledge on topics. Although in some tests memory is one skill needed to get the higher mark, to be able to remember names for example, this ability is not compulsory for getting a passing mark in most of the cases, and in the exemptions it is not the only fundamental skill. Understanding the topic is the obligatory ability, as in most of the test students need to develop answers or use formulas learnt in class but using different variables. By only learning concepts by hard without understanding the subject at all students won’t be able to succeed.

 

It has been defined that the purpose of a test is typically for teacher and student to determine what the student knows, understands, or is able to do, depending on the content and style of a test. Most tests could be considered status reports, it isn’t a finished picture but a guideline that  give as a result the gaps are that are needed to work on. Nevertheless, exams are also fundamental for government to know in which areas the country, or city needs to deal with.

 

Examinations also present benefits for students, as exams are a way of learning and will prepare students for the real world. With no exams, pupils would not have any stimulus to study, and therefore, would not be able to acquire knowledge.

 

So, I strongly consider that examinations should not be abolished as they present lots of benefits for teachers, government, and mostly, students. By testing kids, teachers are able to realise how much students understood and progressed, government can be able to keep a record of the level of education in the nation or area and students itself are able to learn and get prepared for future.

In Pursuit of Happiness – Letter

 

Task; Imagine you are Christopher Gardner. Write a letter to a friend telling him\her about your tight economic situation. Ask him\her for help.

 

Dear Mike,

I am writing to you as regards a problem I have been struggling against for a long time, which I thought I would be able to solve it by myself. Unfortunately, I am still battling against my situation and I wondered if you could help me.

Since last year I am living from hand to mouth, things got out of my hands and I am not able anymore to control my economic situation. I am desperate to be able to take good care of Chris. Covering all of his necessities day after day is a constant fight. I am on the rocks, and despite my determination, hard-work and optimism I am realistic, I need money urgently. I desperately need help.

I have not written to you for a long time, but you are the only one who can help me, please give me a hand. I am not asking for money, I need a stable job, to be able to better my economic situation so I can give my son the life he deserves. As you are a well known businessman I wondered if you could help me to get a job. I am facing this situation alone since my wife, Linda, left me sometime ago. I cannot afford this situation anymore, I need your help Mike.

I hope you can be able to give me a hand, I promise I will compensate you when my life gets better. Please let me know your answer as soon as possible.

 

Thank You,

Christopher Gardner

 

Poem Literature

After learning how to write a description, and writing one in pairs we used our piece of writing to make a poem. I worked in both tasks with Anouk de Laferrere.

This is our work;

MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES

Description

Near the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, it is found the emblem of the national museums’ system of the National Ministry of Culture, the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes. It was founded in 1895 due to a decree of President José Evaristo Uriburu, but is nowadays directed by Andrés Duprat. Its extraordinary artistic heritage, which makes it the largest public collection in Latin America, is one of the characteristics that make this museum unique.

 

The antique building where the museum is actually located was built in 1870, with the original purpose of being a drainage pumping station. However, in 1933 the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes was transferred into this building. The well known architect Alejandro Bustillo was in charge of adapting the place for its current use. Eventually, the building constantly is submitted to remodelations, but it still preserves its vintage style.

 

Strolling along the 24 exhibition halls that the ground floor offers, visitors can appreciate the most important Latin American collection of impressionism and post-impressionism, by painters such as Manet and Van Gogh. The first floor is devoted to the art of the 20th century, mostly to Argentinean and Latin American art. Its exhibition rooms present paintings of masters from the beginning of the century such as Picasso and Xul Solar.

 

           Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is also characterized by its top-level staff. Its excellency and professionalism is combined with the passion and the thrust with which workers perform their different tasks. The National museum belongs to the community, and therefore, admission is free. This allows more people to visit the museum and live a singular experience as well as it benefits those who feel allured by art and enjoy visiting the museum frequently.

             All in all, the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes provides fascinating expositions to satisfy the extended public that it receives everyday. It does not only appreciate the local and Latin American art, but also Modern European art, including of course the alternative exhibitions that stay temporarily within the museums walls. So take a ride to the museum where you will find great artworks and the best treatment will be at your disposal.

 

Poem “Where art lives”

Near the core,

the flow of burgeoning dwellers

beholds an emblem of artistic heritage.

 

Antique structure,

walls used to conceal

the hollow pumping of drainage,

Like the lub-dub of a heart.

 

But now filled,

embracing the modern art

of the once colonizers,

and the once colonized.

 

Alluring beauty of art

maintained with passion and thrust,

Shall reflect awe,

and impression in your view.

 

Language Test

Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type 3. Then look for an example of:

Simple Past: “It was a cold night”

Past Continuous: “I was working late”

Past Perfect: “And on my drive home I realized I had left my phone at the office”

Conditional type 3: “If I hadn’t forgotten my phone, I wouldn’t have been on the road at that time”

The male character had been on the side of the road for sometime when he was found by the woman. He was unconscious,  and cold as ice, when the woman, while she was riding on her car, saw him. He was taken to hospital where he was cured. The doctor mentioned it would have been too late to save him if he had been found ten minutes later. So, if the woman had not forgotten her phone at the office, she wouldn’t have been able to save him.

THE GOLD CADILLAC.

Write a paragraph (summary) of 80- 90 words of the story The Gold Cadillac. Answer the questions in a paragraph. Include a variety of tenses: simple past- past perfect- past continuous and present perfect.

The text, The Gold Cadillac, written in first person narrator, describes the story of a African family who lived in the USA, in a small black village. One day, the father of the family, Wilbert, returned home with a new car, a gold Cadillac. While all the family expressed their happiness of having a new and luxurious car, the mother exposed her dissatisfaction and disgust towards the new car as she had been saving the money to be able to buy a new house . The two girls, Wilma and Lois, were exploring the car astonished while her mother was just looking at it angrily. The climax began when the mother of the family finally agreed to travel to the south in the car to visit their relatives. On their way, they were looked by many people for the fact of being black and having a luxurious car, as only white people were supposed to have that fancy cars. After they had been traveling for a long time, a policeman stopped them and accused Wilbert of stealing the car. When this episode ended, and after returning from their trip, the father decided to sell the car and bought and older one. The story ends retelling in the present, the mother finally buys the house she has been waiting for so long.