Saturday, 3 October 2015

Home Schooling

There has been a great deal of heated debate about the purpose of home schooling. Many families, these days, are trying to offer their children a different form of education which will bring more freedom to the youngsters. For some people, the overriding priority should be to go to school to get educated. For others, education must be centered on students needs and intersets and so must home schooling. So, is it wise for society to let parents or private tutors teach the children? As I see it, every coin has two sides.

To begin with, there is no doubt in my mind that home schooling can be a successful alternative. Firstly, home education provides students with flexibility to choose which subjects they will focus on and that enables them to assimilate things easier. Moreover, parents lay emphasis on the child's difficulties and inclinations. Not only does it encourage personal growth, but it also helps to avoid school problems, such as peer pressure or bullying. It needs to be pointed out that private lessons are responsible for keeping the family together. Since the activities can be interactive, they will raise awareness and the attention of the child. Furthermore, some parents want their children to be brought up with certain beliefs and alternative education now has a way to achieve that.

However, there are a lot of significant disadvantages. First and foremost, home education cannot be seen as a legal form of education even though 1.7 million American families seem to prefer it. Therefore, not going to a regular school means that the child may not be properly socialized, which means he or she will not have a lot of friendships and not be independent individual. Making matters worse, parents may neglect some subjects and this will not help their offspring academic achievements. Also, parents may not have the proper teaching or mental skills to teach their child and since this is a time-consuming process, it can delay them from fulfilling other obligations they may have.

After carefully considering the pros and cons, is seems to me that the advantages are outweight by the disadvantages. Although some people might claim that home schooling is benefitial, I would say that parents and children must consider it carefully before going down this path.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


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The Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;

  2. Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

  3. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;

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Discuss Language and its connection to thought

(From the introduction to George Orwell's "1984", Penguin Reader)



Linguist on mission to save Inuit 'fossil language' disappearing with the ice



TED talk on endangered cultures

How languages evolve

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Several languages die every year and English is becoming used more and more as a world language. Many people feel this is a positive trend and that a world with fewer languages promotes harmony and understanding between people. Analyze both sides of this argument and provide your opinion.

Before writing, also read the notes on globalisation on the Proficiency blog. Doesn't English as the global language contribute to and result in it?

Quick map of ideas:

Paragraph 1: introduce the topic —- English is the global language —- more and more people strive to master it=> both positive and negative aspects

Paragraph 2: the positive effects —- communication, openness to other cultures, open-mindedness, professional needs, companies have the competitive edge, mobility/ travelling, bilingualism/ language proficiency— boosts intelligence and thinking skills

Paragraph 3: results in globalization= homogeneous societies = similar tastes in music/films/ clothes—-> uniformity, no variation , elimination of cultural differences/traditions, limited significance of cultural identity and individual history, indigenous languages / dialects constantly die out/ vanish/ become extinct which means that a civilisation/ culture/ tribe ceases / stops to exist

Paragraph 4: sum up both aspects and say your own opinion, end with a final message


Monday, 28 September 2015

What do you think about the idea that teenagers need more guidance from adults and a stricter environment in which to grow up?

       I think that it might be a good idea that most teenagers need more guidance from adults, but I personally believe that a stricter environment in which to grow up wouldn't work.I support this opinion because I think that the environment that most teenagers live is already really strict and a teenager's life is already really stressful.This way it leaves teenagers really little time to calm down and maybe have some fun.If their environment becomes even more strict then they would probably lose that little free time.This could lead to some really bad reactions from the teenagers because they would feel so pressed to study that it would force them to the point that they wouldn't study at all.To conclude, I think that a teenager's life is already pretty balanced and adults shouldn't push it too far.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Parents and adolescence

  • What do you think about the idea that teenagers need more guidance from adults and a stricter environment in which to grow up?
Adolescence is undoubtedly a tough period for both parents and teenagers. It's the period after puberty and parents need to face the change of their children's behavior. To my mind, boundaries are necessary at some point. If you are too strict your teen will no longer accept these boundaries and will react. Boundaries work better if they are both made and agreed with parents and teenagers. According to this, a reaction from the other side is not possible unless you overcome these limits. As for the stricter environment you and your teen should both agree for the time that should be back at home for example, on weekdays should be back at 8 pm and on weekends at 10 pm. Parents should be more patient in order to understand the mentality of teenagers and they can deal with a young person.

  • How do you think it might feel to be the parent of an adolescent?
As scientists say "During adolescence children are beginning to form their identity". According to this, if I was a parent of an adolescent I would try to help him find this identity. I would support his decisions but I would present my advice on them. I cannot understand exactly how being the parent of an adolescence is but I think that no one else can, except a parent.

How do you think it might feel to be the parent of an adolescent?

Generally, the upbringing of a child is a continuous process which demands the responsibility of parents. Especially, in puberty parents must be very patient and permissive, as they have to control different emotions of the adolescents because of some psychological problems which they may face.
In my opinion, parents feel desperate, stressed and disappointed because of the teenagers' behaviour, as they are made to punish them. Also, I think they feel anger because of their children's aggression.

What do you think about the idea that teenagers need more guidance from adults and a stricter environment in which to grow up?

The teenagers have confusing behaviour and are moody during this period. On one hand, they feel disappointed and desperate because of all problems they need to face as they grow older. On the other hand, they are very agressive and boisterous reacting to everything concerning their family or school.
I firmly believe that rebellious adolescents need some advice and guidance from their parents. So they should live in a loving family environment in which they will feel safety and freedom. As far as parents are concerned, they might not be massively strict, but patient and permissive setting boundaries to teenagers' behaviour.


What about adolescence?

  • What do you think about the idea that teenagers need more guidance from adults and a stricter environment in which to grow up?
In my point of view, being an adolescent is one of the most essential period of time for everyone, because life there starts to be more demanding. In addition to this, teenagers' psychological state is unbalanced and feelings, for instance, anger,joy,optimism,depression, are mixed.It is also reported that parents' contribution is a major factor of how their children will enter society when they become adults.According to this, I believe that parents should always support their children not to be frustrated and grateful for what they are offered.Moreover, parents ought to put boundaries to their children and draw the line at their behaviour. However, if there are so many restrictions, adolescent may feel alienated ,moody and aggressive,because they have less space than their peers.Additionally, living in a rigorous environment may affect their school grades, like unwilling to study or uneagerness to take part in the lesson.Taking all into consideration, I support that parents should keep up with their children, not to underestimate their needs, but they are obliged to explain them life is not a bowl of cherries and put some restrictions to make them more responsible and mature.

  • How do you think it might feel to be the parent of an adolescent?
I imagine myself being the parent of an adolescent exceptionally tough.To begin with, adolescence is the period of time that children leave puberty and are lead to adulthood. This situation is also hard for parents, because responsibilities elevate and  there is a wide variety of problems they will face, the most urgent of which is the psychological support they should always provide to them. In this way, teenagers boredom and resentment towards school will drop off.Parents also have to  handle their nerves and behave in a gentle way during their pressing working hours, because teenagers aggressiveness is in turmoil, so  is a wrong decision to work off their anger to them. Last but not least, I believe that having  good communication between them will cure every problem and joyness will dominate.

Adolescents and how to deal with them

In my opinion adolescence is the most difficult age of people.
The teenagers need to have a careful and rational environment in which to grow up. It is necessary for parents restrict their children's freeedom. For instance, the freedom is important because it helps the relatioship between parents and teenagers and also teenagers with their friends. Furthermore, parents have to be careful and to watch the children's life and set boundaries, which is necessary.

On the other hand, to be the parent of an adolescent is very difficult. This means that the parents are not carefree because of the teenagers. Sometimes that is very hard because are very busy with their work and they must to pay attention to the children. They try to be better parents but one adolescent is vey hard to control it.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Teenagers and boundaries


  • What do you think about the idea that teenagers need more guidence from adults and a stricter environment in which to grow up? How do you think it might feel to be the parent of an adolescent? 

  • Teenage life is a period of time relating to those who are aged thirteen through nineteen years old. This specific period of time , as adolescents grow up, is too tough for both teens and parents. Teenagers act in a very confusing and abnormal way, which makes their parents reaction, often full of tension. This phenomenon is based on one undoubtedly significant factor which is the release of hormones in their bodies.This release sometimes makes adolescents aggressive, restless and competitive. While teenagers grow up they feel more independent and they firmly bilieve that teenage life is their rebelion period for not being any more kids and immature. But is this statement correct? In my opinion it is not. First of all adolescents can't recognise the urgent problems that they face, as their parents do. Teenagers are very stubborn in their decisions and many times when no one agrees with them they feel loneliness and this is a symptom of alienation. The only solution to this problem is guidance from parents,talking to them and the most essential, teenagers must try to controle their nerves and flash on the true problems. In addition, of course bountaries set by parents must exist, but in a normall way which doesn't make their children feel restricted. Finally as a teenager I am not much experienced to tell if being a teenagers parent is so tough but as I can picture in my mind, it is a very special role with full of responsibilities, friction between children but also a special period of time trying to prepare your children realise how to be a faultless adult in the feuture.