Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fall: a Machinima

Well, last class we discussed the video named Fall by Lainy Voom. A challenge was posted in Facebook for you to answer after watching the video:

Fall from Lainy Voom on Vimeo.
Love is both a beautiful and fragile thing....

What's your opinion about the video?

What's the meaning of the word fall in this video?... here you can find some definitions:

Check the definitions. Which one fits better to the situation in the video?

Here we have some expresions and phrasal verbs using the word Fall

– phrases
fall foul (or N. Amer. afoul) of come into conflict with.
fall in (or into) line conform. [with ref. to military formation.]
fall into place begin to make sense.
fall over oneself to do something informal be excessively eager to do something.
fall short (of)
    * 1 (of a missile) fail to reach its target.
    * 2 be deficient or inadequate.
take the fall N. Amer. informal incur blame or punishment in the place of another.

– phrasal verbs
fall about Brit. informal laugh uncontrollably.
fall apart (or to pieces) informal lose one's capacity to cope.
fall back retreat.
fall back on have recourse to when in difficulty.
fall down fail.
fall for informal
    * 1 fall in love with.
    * 2 be deceived by.
fall in take one's place in a military formation.
fall in with
    * 1 meet by chance and become involved with.
    * 2 agree to.
fall on/upon
    * 1 attack fiercely or unexpectedly.
    * 2 (of someone's eyes) be directed towards.
    * 3 be the responsibility of.
fall out
    * 1 have an argument.
    * 2 leave one's place in a military formation.
    * 3 happen.
fall through fail.
fall to become the duty of.

Interview a Graphic Designer!

An interview! Interview a friend about their choice of carreer.

1. Could you please define Graphic Designing in your own words?
2. What influenced you to pursue Graphic Design?
3. Could you please describe the educational process required to become an Graphic Designer?
4. What are the skills you need to be a good Graphic Design?
5. What job considerations were you looking for after you completed your education?
6. What's something of your school life that you enjoy the most?
7. From your perspective, what is the most difficult part of being an Graphic Design student?
8. What are your plans for the future?
9. Point out your most personally gratifying moment in Graphic Design.
10. Why would you recommend Graphic Design as a career?

Monday, May 23, 2011

English for work: Building Rapport

For this class, we will talk about "building rapport" which is important for Business English.

Click the link to watch the video

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bloggers April-July 2011

Welcome, everybody!

This new trimester, we will be working with English for Work. But what is that? you may be asking yourself. Well, let's try to explain what it is about. To start with:
  1. It is mostly about learning and practicing your English.
  2. It is about learning English related to your field of expertise. So if you are an engineering student for instance. You will be reading, listening to, writing and talking about English for engineers and English for working as an engineer.
  3. It is about learning English using technology. That means we will be using computers and Internet to find real updated information concerning your different interests. We are going to experiment and play with new ways to learn autonomously. Learning for life. Learning to learn. Learning by doing. We will be watching and listening to videos as well as making videos. We'll have the chance to use different tools to express your ideas and read about ideas.
  4. It is about learning and practicing your English in groups, in community. Be ready to meet students and teachers from the university and the world. Of course, there will be tasks you must complete on your own.
That was a general description of the course. Now, how the classes take place:
  • Classes are going to be held at the lab. I f you can't come to classes, you can connect at home or wherever you have access to a computer and Internet.
  • You need to get a google account, since we will using different tools provided by Google. make sure to register to Gmail, Google Reader, Google Talk, Google Doc, and Blogger
  • Blogs are going to be your personal journals. There you will register everything we do in class. All your homework and tasks should be there.
  • Every class will be a taken as a workshop or TALLER. Try not to miss your classes and if you do, keep your blog updated.
  • Homework will be assigned for each one of the units covered in class. The dateline to hand in your homework will be the day of your test. It means you will have the chance to work on your blog till the exam day.
  • Corrections to writing will be done through Google documents.

Things you need to do to take this class:
  • Get a Gmail account and register to Google services: reader, Google talk, reader and blogger.
  • Get a blog at Blogger. For instructions on how to that get the power point presentation from our box or follow the tutorial prepared by Vance Stevens.


  • At the end of this class. I should have:
    • Read my class guidelines
    • Met my new classmates
    • Worked with the introductory task
    • Registered at Google and have a Gmail account.
    • Registered to Google readers.
    • Registered to Google doc.
    • Downloaded Google Talk and activated my IM.
    • Opened my Blogger account and posted my first entry.

Assignment for this class:
  • Write your first blog entrance: Introduce yourself. Use Task 0. Get the task from the file box.
  • Introduce yourself and two new friends.
  • Post the interview in your blog. Add a photo of your partners.
Hope you learn and have a great time during the time we are going to be together. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Keep on shining Love and Peace!