Archivo para octubre, 2013

Reading File

Once you have read the article, write a note for your teacher. Include the following:

  • Name …………………………………………    Group …………… Date ………………….
  • Title ……………………………………………
  • Where did you find it? ……………………………………………
  • How long did it take you to read it? ……………………………………………
  • Why did you decide to read it? _……………………………………………
  • Topic (30-50 words)
  •  Did you like it? Why? ……………………………………………
  • 3 words you looked up in a dictionary along with their Spanish translation  _________ = _________ _________ = _________ _________ = _________

Enjoy!

 

Should shops open on Sundays? The French debate

The Anglo-French Sunday/Dimanche divide

By Sam Judah & Olivia Sorrel-Dejerine BBC News Magazine

_70392498_paris-closed-shop_reutersne Almost twenty years ago, a bitter war was fought over the future of Britain’s Sundays – and today France is mired in a similar battle. But how has shopping on a Sunday re-shaped British society and do the French really have anything to fear?

In November 1993, protesters from across much of the UK (although not Scotland) were confident they could keep big shops closed on Sundays.

Outside Parliament they raised placards reading “Don’t give in to supermarket greed” and “No government can change the laws of God”… Clic to read the full article on bbc news website

Women are still constrained by a series of absurd labels

miriamMiriam González Durántez: ‘Girls are constrained by absurd and demeaning labels’

Women are still defined by a series of absurd labels from “scary” to “fluffy” to “frustrated” when conducting their lives, while men have “unlimited options”, according to Miriam González Durántez, the lawyer wife of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

In a rare move, the successful solicitor has spoken out in a candid article for Telegraph Wonder Women, saying that women in the UK “still face a series of stark choices”.

“If we do not have children, people assume we are “frustrated”. If we stay at home taking care of our children, it is said we are “not working”. If we have a job, we are portrayed as just “part-time mums”, and sometimes even as bad parents,” she said.

“If we succeed in our professional lives, we’re branded “scary”; if we follow fashion, we’re “shallow”; if we like science, we’re “geeks”; if we read women’s magazines, we’re “fluffy”; and if we defend our rights, we’re “hard”.”

The mum of three boys, who is a partner at the European law firm Dechert LLP, has made her views known ahead of launching a national campaign next week, which will encourage women from all walks of life to form a network and talk in schools to girls about their jobs and act as role models… clic to read full article on The Telegraph’s website.

Google Translate is not enough

Foreign language dictionariesGoogle Translate: 10 reasons why it’s no match for learning a language

Modern languages are in decline at British universities. Can Google’s translation service ever fill the gap?

Can Google Translate be a safe alternative to proper study? Don’t raise your hopes.

The number of British universities offering specialist modern-language courses is in sharp decline. Is it possible that this collapse might be partly down to the rise of free software such as Google Translate? After all, why waste several years of your life perfecting every last conversational nuance of a second language when you can listlessly prod “CAN I HAVE SOME CHIPS?” on to your phone and then wave a screen reading “POSSO TER UM POUCO CHIPS?” in the face of a disappointed Portuguese waiter?

Obviously, this is terribly misguided. Google Translate will never be any substitute for learning a foreign language, and here’s why:…. clic to read full article on The Guardian’s website

Recommended websites to train your reading skills

English newspapers:

The Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/uk

The Independent   http://www.independent.co.uk/

The Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

The Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

American newspapers:

The New York Times   http://www.nytimes.com/

The Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/

The Washington Post   http://www.washingtonpost.com/

TV channels online:

BBC   http://www.bbc.com/news/

CNN   http://www.cnn.es/

Football magazines   http://www.shoot.co.uk/      http://www.fourfourtwo.com/

For more themed newspapers and magazines try…      http://www.world-newspapers.com/

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