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If the girl had…Malala’s story

Practise the conditionals after watching the video. Then we write the best sentences.

Read this article about what a difference it makes educating girls and then write a narrative based on what you read. Write the story of a girl whose life has changed drastically thanks to education

Watch this video and then write a summary of the facts and your opinion.

 Now listen to Malala’s story and dramatise in groups what happened to her.

Communication Technology

We start by listening to this video that will make us reflect on how we communicate in our daily life. We write a similar poem with our own view on the topic of interaction or isolation.

Laura Menéndez has written this:

We live in a generation said to be individual, which means we
know a lot about phones, social networks and new technologies, but we
are said not to know what enjoying our life is. Is this true ?
Definitely not. Most young people nowadays are addicted to their
phones, and may publish too much of their private lives on the
internet, but in general, they spend lots of time with their friends,
celebrating having fiinished the exams or enjoying their time before
they get started. Most teenagers nowadays enjoy themselves more than
their parents used to, but in a diferent way, and adults don’t
understand that.

The previous generations didnt have what we have now, and couldn’t
enjoy some of the privileges we have, but it is just another different
way of enjoying life. We chat with our friends just as they talked to
them on the phone, and we play computer games just as they watched TV
when it appeared.

Despite young people go out and have fun, new generations depend a lot
on new technologies, and it should be adults who control them, because
It is parents who have to teach children, but are young people the
problem ? I dont think so, I think the real problem are adults who
dont know how to enjoy life out of social networks. Young people use
them as another tool to socialise, our parents played in the streets
and we play videogames.

Despite young people will know how to control themselves as they grow
up, there are some people who really miss their lives to live another
different and better one on the internet. They are living a lie, and
that is the most important problem, those people who are addicted to a
lie in the social networks just as drug addicts are addicted to drugs.

You’re just looking at your phone,
but why don’t you leave home ?
Perhaps it’s our phones
who help us leave home.

But what about those
who have no one to call ?
what about those
who are always alone.

They dont like themselves
they dont like the way they dress
the way they talk
the way people see them
they just want to change
and be someone else.

Adults should understand
we just want to have some fun
we just want to enjoy life
but not what they tell us,
not in their way.

We have to take care,
of what makes us unique
we have to remember
we are human beings
we can talk,
we can feel love
and we haven’t got to give up that.

Enol Borrego has written this opinion poem:


We should get away from our comfort zone,
put away computers and telephones.
Look up, at either street or home.
We are tending to stay stuck to technology as robots.

All this devices are vices,
our lives have become crisis.
Relationships get damaged,
we don’t even love our family.

Maybe there will be a recovery.
We won’t base our hope in luxury.
Are we owners of our choices?
Have we forgotten humanity?

Let’s break free from all these screens.
Stop breeding greed and bad feelings.
No more critics, just greetings.
Look up and reset technologies.

Alex  Hossbach wrote:

Opinionated commentary of video: “Look-up”

The video is made up of a narrative poem which has been given rhythm and made into an interesting variation of a song. The whole video attempts to tackle en ever increasing problem in modern society which is social isolation caused in many cases by social networks and texting. The latter is unfortunately very true and it has got to the point where I even find myself totally immersed in the closed and isolated limits of my phone. It is all too good to say how bad it is and how we should be more open. However, one of the videos fatal flaws I struggle to ignore is the lack of a realistic solution to this issue; after all, we all do it whether it is to a bigger or lesser extent. “Open your eyes and leave your mobile phone behind”. We could use this sentence to summarise the content of most of the 5 minutes. I think I could quite comfortably say that 80% of the younger, mobile-phone owning part of the population is addicted to their phones.

There is another point with which I didn’t quite agree. That is that those people who have the most friends on social networking sites have fewer friends in real life. There are a lot of assumptions in that idea and in fact you’ll most probably find that those with most e-friends are probably on the more social side of the scale. For sure, there are always exceptions to every rule though that is generally the reality. Whether or not those people actually feel lonelier or not is another point in its own right, in fact, that deeply depends on the person.

Maria Vera Berdasco wrote:


Mechanization is controlling our world.
People go down  the road,
just looking at their phone,
and loosing astonished how to know.

Thinking they  are just having fun,
when the truth is that they’re getting dumb.
They say they have a billion friends,
but they just come to know about ten.

Far away from the screen,
there are plenty of people we could meet.
If we stay at home alone,
we will never be happy or catch on.

So here is a good advice,
If you want to be happy in life,
switch off your device,
And live your day, as if it was the last.

Listen to this psychologist and the anthropologist on how technology is changing who we are. Then write a critical review explaining which view you most agree with .