15 de octubre de 2017

UNIT 2 VIDEO: HOW CAPITALISM EXPLOITS US, BY RICHARD WOLFF



EXERCISE 

READ THESE SENTENCES. SOME OF THEM HAVE AN ERROR ACCORDING TO THE VIDEO. WRITE IT DOWN IN YOUR NOTEBOOK.

1. CAPITALISM IS NOT ABOUT BUYING AND SELLING THINGS IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY.

2. THE CORE OF CAPITALISM IS NOT HAVING AN EMPLOYER AND AN EMPLOYEE

3. IN A SLAVERY SYSTEM: A MASTER HIRES THE SLAVE BECAUSE HE OWNES HIM/HER.

4. IN THE FEUDALISM SYSTEM THERE WAS A SERF AND A LORD. THE SERF DID NOT BELONG ON THE LAND AND DID NOT HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO THE LORD.

5. THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT CAPITALISM IS THE RELATIONSHIP IN PRODUCTION, WHERE SOME PEOPLE ARE DOING ALL THE WORK PRODUCING MORE THAN THEY GET.

6. THAT MORE IS CALLED: THE SURPLUS”.

7. AS A CAPITALIST, MY INTEREST IS TO GIVE THE WORKER THE LEAST POSSIBLE WHILE GETTING THE MOST OUT OF HIM/HER. THAT IS THE SURPLUS.

8. IN CAPITALISM WE DON’T HAVE THE SAME SYSTEM AS WE HAD IN SLAVERY AND FEUDALISM.

9. THE ALTERNATIVE IS WHEN THE WORKERS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO PRODUCE AND GET THE SURPLUS.

10. FOR EXAMPLE A COOPERATIVE, WHERE THE SAME PERSON CAN BE THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE.

11. HOW TO DO IT? WORKERS CAN TAKE THE DECITIONS AS A CAPITALIST.

12. IF WORKERS WERE IN CHARGE THEY WOULD NEVER DISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH MORE DEMOCRATICALLY.

13. WORKERS WOULD POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY REALLY LIVE.


14. LET EVERY WORKER DOES HALF OF HIS/HER JOB, WORKING 4 HOURS INSTEAD OF 8 HOURS. 

8 de octubre de 2017

UNIT 1 VIDEO: FINAL SPEECH OF THE GREAT DICTATOR BY CHARLIE CHAPLIN

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING CUESTIONS ONCE YOU HAVE WATCHED THE VIDEO

1. Write down five sentences that could be a solution for problems in our live.
2. Now, link each sentence to a real problem that can be happening right now.
3. Find out how old is the film. Where does the ACTOR come from?
4. Write down why he had to leave AMERICA? Take into account that he was accused of a crime. 




I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor.
That’s not my business.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.
I should like to help everyone if possible-
Jew, Gentile, black men, white…
We all want to help one another.
Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each others’ happiness,
not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for everyone.
And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful,
but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls;
has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed,
but we have shut ourselves in.
Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness,
hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery ,we need humanity.
More than cleverness,
we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities,
life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world,
millions of despairing men, women, and little children,
victims of a system that makes men
torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed,
the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die,
and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers!
Don’t give yourselves to brutes,
men who despise you and enslave you;
who regiment your lives, tell you what to do,
what to think and what to feel! Who drill you,
diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men-machine men
with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines! You are not cattle!
You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts!
You don’t hate!
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written
“the kingdom of God is within man”,
not one man nor a group of men, but in all men!
In you! You, the people, have the power,
the power to create machines,
the power to create happiness!
You, the people,
have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.
Let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world,
a decent world that will give men a chance to work,
that will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.
But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise!
Let us fight to free the world!
To do away with national barriers!
To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!
Let us fight for a world of reason,
a world where science
and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

7 de octubre de 2017

VOCABULARY UNIT 1

This vocabulary will help you to understand the Exercise 1 from Unit 1. Let's have a look

To do something on my own: hacer algo por uno mismo
Initiative:                                iniciativa
To get along with (sbd):         relacionarse con (alguien)
To lead                                    liderar
To take responsibility:           asumir responsabilidad
To take over (sth):                  encargarse (de algo)
To show off:                           presumir
Organizer:                              organizador
Hard work:                             trabajo duro
I don't mind working hard:    no me importa trabajar duro
To make decisions:                nomar decisiones
To make up my mind:            nomar una decisión
To regret:                                arrepentirse
To trust:                                  confiar
What's the matter if..?            qué pasa si.....
Fellow:                                   compañero

TRAITS OF AN ENTREPRENEUR & MANAGER

Responsibility                         responsabilidad
vigour                                     vigor, energía, fuerza
persistence                             persistencia, perseverancia
original                                   original
creative                                  creativo
critical                                    crítico
analytical thinking                    de pensamiento analítico
emotional stability                    estabilidad emocional
sociability                               sociabilidad
cheerfulness                            alegría, entusiasmo
cooperation                            cooperación
tacfulness                               con tacto
competence in human relations  competente en relaciones humanas
technical knowledge                  conocimiento técnico

                                      -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.                 

Now, using the questions and different answers from that exercise I will describe myself; that is, I will do the exercise 2 and so, it may help you to describe yourself too:

1. I am a person with initiative because I do things on my own and I don’t need anybody to encourage me.
2. I really like being with people; I can get along with just about anyone.
3. I believe I am a leader, you know why?, because I easily get most of people to go along with me without difficulties.
4. Whenever there is a problem, I never go backward; I am the one who will take charge of and take charge of and will take responsibility of the situation.
5. I am a good organizer because I like to have a plan before I start a project.

6. I see myself as a hard worker.
7. If I have to take a decision, I can make up my mind in a hurry if necessary and my decision is usually O.K.
8. People can trust me of course. It could not be any other way. I don't say things I don't mean. 
9. If I make up my mind to do something, I don't let anything stop me. 


18 de marzo de 2017

STUDENTS' WORKS ON THE SECOND TERM

Classes have already finished but, before saying good bye and see you next academic year, I would like to show some examples of the student's works during this second and last term. Romero gives us an idea about his business plan. Maria designed her personal business card to introduce herself. And finally, here we have some references made by students about their colleages.

7 de febrero de 2017

HEALTHY EATING CAMPAIGN 2017


HEALTHY EATING CAMPAIGN 2017
PARTICIPATING IN THE 5 A DAY BRITISH PROJECT

OBJETIVOS

-Tomar conciencia de la importancia de una sana alimentación
- Desarrollar hábitos saludables de conducta
- Despertar interés por el significado de los códigos alimenticios
- Fomentar la reflexión y la toma de decisiones ante situaciones de peligro para nuestra salud

ACTIVITIES

  • Read the following text and get the meaning of the unknown words. 



ADITIONAL AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION


VIDEO

  •  Prepare a specific table for five days where you can show all the pieces of fruits and vegetables you take a day according with the instructions given on the brochure.

  •  Research if you or your family buy any kind of fruits and veg with those specific codes. If you do so, please take a picture and put it in your project.







FINALLY, PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THESE TWO LINKS WHICH HELP YOU WITH THE ACTIVITY: LOOKING FOR THE CODE 8 AND 9 IN THE FRUIT AND VEG WE HAVE AT HOME:


Here we have some examples of my students' work

9 de enero de 2017

WHERE CAN YOU GET THE MONEY FROM?

Students are studying unit five, that is, "getting money to start".
If you are an entrepreneur and are thinking about financing your project, you should  be capable to answer the question.
I asked the students to think of all the different options, whether they are legally correct or not.
Here you have the result: 


WHERE CAN YOU GET THE MONEY FROM? 


ROMERO:                FROM A BANK, PLAYING REALITY SHOWS, LOTTERY, CROWDFUNDING.

MARINA:                 FOR EXAMPLE: BIG BROTHER.

CLAUDIA:               INHERITANCE, DONATION, LOOKING FOR A PARTNER.

MANUEL:                MONEYLENDER, FROM ILLEGAL SOURCES: DRUGS AND CORRUPTION.

MARÍA:                   FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

VICTOR:                  OUR OWN MONEY/SAVINGS, PLAYING IN A CASINO, FROM ILLEGAL SOURCES: DROGS AND CORRUPTION, THROUGH CROWDFUDING.

JESUS:                      ASKING FOR THE MONEY IN STREETS.

EVA:                          PLAYING THE GUITAR AND SINGING IN THE STREETS.

ANA ISABEL:         CHEATING PEOPLE OR DEFRAUDING.





Finally, let me thank Natalie for her unbeatable help. She has been so kind during all our classes that we will never forget her.