miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2016

Amy Winehouse Foundation

Last week I noticed Amy Winehouse's Youtube account had uploaded a new video and I thought "there is no way she has released a new song!. Then, I clicked on the video, and realised that it was Back to black, one of her most famous songs. I was confused at first, but as soon as I red the description box I knew what it was all about. Amy Winehouse Foundations decided to create a new album with covers of Amy's songs in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release, which is an amazing idea to honour Amy and to raise founds for the foundation.

Amy Winehouse was one in a million. She was an incredibly talented artist with an unique voice. However, she was a very inestable person. Drugs and alcohol destroyed her career and eventually destroyed her too. Therefore, the goal of this foundation is to educate young people on drugs and alcohol misuse to avoid ending up like she did. They give conferences at high-schools and promote different initiatives to concern teenagers and support them through music among many other things.

If you haven't listened any of Amy's songs, I encourage you to give them a go. They help you understand her situation and this whole project, which will definitively help people who are in the same situation as she was.

jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2016

Description of the best first scene of a movie

1. The bell sounds and a woman goes to open the door.
2. As soon as she opens the door, she sees a woman in a black and yellow suit holding a katana.
3. A loud alarm starts ringing, she has just faced her worst enemy.
(Bridge) 4. That is how the movie "Kill Bill" starts, and it can be very confusing since we don't know who the characters are.
(Thesis statement) 5. However, this opening is very good because is incredibly shocking. 

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

Outline number two

Topic: university study.
Thesis statement: people should decide what to study according to their interests.

My outline:
I. Introduction/Thesis statement: students should decide what to study according to their interests, and not to what other people think is best for them.
II. During the degree
   A. Lack of interest and motivation
      1. It is harder to study something you don't like
      2. More probabilities to drop out college
III. After de degree
   A. Work in something you don't like for the rest of your life
      1. No motivation to wake up in the morning
      2. Life happier because you spend most part of your time at work
IV. Once retired
   A. Wondering why
      1. What could have happen?
      2. Would I be happier?
V. Conclusion: for all these reasons, everyone should have the will to decide what they want to dedicate the rest of their lives.

Reader's outline:
I. Introduction: However, students should decide what to study according to their interests, and not to what other people think is best for them.
II. Lack of interest and motivation.
   A. It doesn't create interest to you.
   B. More likely to drop out college.
III. Once they are finished, they start working
   A. They won't like their job.
      1. wake up early everyday
      2. No motivation to work
   B. They aren't happy at their job, and therefore their life isn't happy either
IV. Once they've retired
   A. Start wondering
      1. Did I study what I really liked?
      2. Would I have been happier?
V. Conclusion: for all these reasons, everyone should have the will to decide what they want to dedicate the rest of their lives.

martes, 8 de noviembre de 2016

Thesis statement and outline of an essay

Erasmus as a tool for students.

I. Thesis statement: Erasmus is the most rewarding experience an student can live.
II. More laboral opportunities
   A. Learning a new language
   B. More independence and self-confidence
III. Helps your personal growth
   A. Meet new friends and cultures
   B. Get out of your comfort zone
III. An unforgettable experience, it is not all about studying
   A. Exploring your destination country
   B. Partying
IV. Conclusion: If you have the opportunity, it is definitely an experience worth living, which will help you not only in your professional future but also in your personal growth.

sábado, 5 de noviembre de 2016

Problem/Solution paragraph

Question 5. Should schools have a common core curriculum? If so, what should it include? What does every student need to know?

Problem: The low English level at school.

The level of English among students in Spain is rather low. Even though children start learning English at the age of three, once they have finished high school, most part of them isn’t able to maintain a basic conversation. Therefore, they need to take up English classes in the afternoon, because speaking English is essential to get a job nowadays.

One solution to overcome this problem is to change the contents and the way English is taught at school. English subject can too repetitive, because every year we study the same and with the same studying technique: memorising. In fact, learning languages by memorising is unnatural. Languages should be learnt by listening, reading or speaking. Changing the contents would imply making the classes more dynamic and funny, instead of never-ending lectures as they are now. 

jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2016

Government Surveillance

Although it may sound like the plot of a dystopian book, the government would be able to place a camera at the corner of every street, recording whatever we do, in order to keep everything under control. It would be an invasion of our privacy, and the government would have to spend a lot of money on it, because, apart from the installation, CCTVs would probably have to be constantly fixed because of vandalism. In addition, the information recorded by these cameras could be stolen by hackers who might use it to blackmail people.