Artículos de January 2009

Ready, steady, go!

Fecha Thursday, 29 January 2009

Welcome everybody!

Next Wednesday we’re starting the second edition of this workshop. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember:

  1. From now on we´ll meet every Wednesday  in room 1.5 from 16:35 to 18:00.
  2. We’ll usually meet in room 1.5, but next Wednesday  (feb. 4th) we´ll go to room 1.4

This is the list of the people who are taking part this term:

1.      ALONSO NAVEIRO

MARIA

2.      MENEDEZ SANCHEZ

JAIME

3.      QUESADA DOPAZO

DANIEL

4.      RODRIGUEZ AYALA

ALBERTO

5.      NIETO GARCIA

BELEN

6.      REQUEJO PAGES

OTILIA

7.      ALVAREZ GONZALEZ

INMACULADA

8.      GARCIA RUBIO

SILVIA

9.      REBANAL FERNANDEZ

BARBARA

10.  ALONSO CUERVO

CRISTINA

11.  FERNANDEZ GARCIA

ELISA

12.  GONZALEZ LOBO

AMADA

13.  OUTOMURO PRIEDE

DAVID

14.  LOPEZ CABEZAS

OLGA

15.  GARCIA BAJO

PAULA

16.  OLEA PEREZ

CONCEPCION

17.  GARCIA VALDES

DESIRE

18.  GARCIA MARTINEZ

AMANDA

About us

Fecha Thursday, 15 January 2009

Just before we start I want you to know how our work is organised.

As you already know we have an hour-and-a-half lesson every Wednesday. In these lessons we will work on different kinds of texts (one at a time, of course) and you will be set a task to do on your own.  Once you’ve done it, you send it to me via e-mail and I will publish it here.

Since joining the workshop is voluntary, I reckon that you are really interested in working hard, which means that you won’t miss any lessons and you will do all the tasks you are set. If you fail to come two consecutive Wednesdays, I will understand that you are no longer interested in the workshop and the next person in the waiting list will be called to join us. Don’t think I’m being tough, it is just that there are a lot of people in the waiting list.

If you have any questions. check the INFO page.

New year, new term

Fecha Monday, 12 January 2009

We have just started a new year and a new term and some of you have already asked about our next writing workshop. Although I am still trying to arrange everything I have some news for you:

The people in the waiting list will be contacted by their teachers. Do please tell them whether you still want to join the workshop or not.

If you want to take part in the workshop you can put your names down from January 19th to 29th.

You can check whether you have been accepted or not on February 2nd here.

The lessons will start on February 4th and will finish on March 18th. They are from 16: 35 to 18:00 in room 1.5. If there are more people than vacancies, a new waiting list will be opened.

Finally, if you want more information contact me sending a comment to this post and I will answer as soon as possible.

Writing workshop: A waste ot time?

Fecha Wednesday, 7 January 2009

When this workshop was announced, people wanted to take part on it, so in a few days there were no places left. I was happy because I was on the list, and it seemed to be a productive workshop. That’s why I was really surprised when I saw my classmates: there were only a half of the people from the list.

But I was convinced that it was going to help me, and I decided to continue anyway.On the one hand, the classes were useful and faster than I had thought -they were for one hour and a half, and I thought that it could be too much. On the other hand, the topics were so different from the typical ones, that the work at home was easy, and even funny.

One of the most significant advantages was our blog. It has helped me a lot when I had to remember the basic things that we had seen in the last class, and also when seeing my classmates tasks, which sometimes were like a guide and helped me to have a general idea for how to write, or how not to write.

All in all, this course has really helped me to improve when writing, because it has given me a different point of view to approach writing exercises, making it easier and giving me self-confidence to do it. So take part on the next term if you can!

by Patricia Moutas

This is England

Fecha Wednesday, 7 January 2009

 

This film is directed and written by Shane Meadows. It is a 2006 drama film, but it came to Spain in 2008, just one day after its release in the UK as a DVD. Its background is centred on the skinhead movement in England, in the early 80’s, but from an anti-racism point of view.

The film is about the life of Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), an 11-year-old boy who lives with his mother because his father died in the Falklands War. After a problematic day at school, he meets a group of boys in his way back home, headed by Woody (Joe Gilgun). He begins going out with them and finally he changes his clothes and his hair in order to become a truly skinhead, as all of them. One day an older skinhead, Combo (Stephen Graham), returns from prison. But he  makes the group divide in two halves: one supporting the white-supremacy ideas and the other half, lead by Woody who doesn’t get involved in politics. Shaun decides to follow Combo, because he thinks that his father would have been proud of that. At the end of the film, something important takes place and makes Shaun reconsider his ideas.

Thomas Turgoose gives a superb performance that makes the film very realistic. Also I have found the plot solid and very well structured, with a sequence of scenes that make you follow the film with attention till the end. Another important element here is the soundtrack, which gives the film the perfect ambient.

I can thoroughly recommend it because of its historic aspects and this different point of view of telling them, but not for all audiences, because of its violent scenes and its vocabulary, which may be non-appropriate for young people. It has proved a controversial film: on the one hand, some councils as Bristol, have recommended it for teenagers, considering it educational for them,and on the other hand, the BBFC has given it a 18 certificate. You can watch it and decide yourself.

by Patricia MoutasPatricia Moutas