10 December 2015

GIVING AN OPINION

Now it's your turn. Choose one of the topics below and write your essay (200 words approx.):
TOPIC 1: 'Telecommuting' refers to workers doing their jobs from home for part of each week and communicating with their office using computer technology. Telecommuting is growing in many countries and is expected to be common for most office workers in the coming decades. How do you think society will be affected by the growth of telecommuting?
TOPIC 2: Should money be spent on space exploration?
TOPIC 3: Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?
TOPIC 4: Using computers and the internet develops important skills in young people.
TOPIC 5: Technology has created less free time rather than more.
TOPIC 6: Leisure activities have become too expensive.
TOPIC 7: Children need more play time in order to develop into healthy adults.
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10 comments:

  1. Cintia - Grupo 18-10M18 January 2014 at 16:35

    Should money be spent on space exploration?

    Since the beginnings of mankind, we have seen space exploration as the most adventurous mission to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go where no man has gone before. In my opinion, the money and efforts spent on this are not useful and they should be led for other issues.

    To start with, space exploration projects require millions to carry out the research. For instance, building spaceships, training astronauts and amounts of energy, that sometimes remains as a waste. Investing in finding a cure for life-threatening diseases, developing new medicines and helping people who hardly eat every day or have the basic necessities covered could be more meaningful. Moreover, there is no evidence of other living creatures in the space, which is one of the aims that human beings follow to know. In addition to this, not only governments spend money on it. Space tourism is the ultimate pleasure trips for businessmen; it seems there are few earthly destinations for their holidays.

    At the same time, it is true that scientists find in this field their way of earning their living. In fact, their researches are the proof of the capacities of the humans and their determination to know the origin of the universe.

    In conclusion, it seems to me that space exploration is not worth it nowadays considering we need improve the standard of living on Earth.

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    1. Hi Cintia

      I agree to some extent but you have take into account that there is a lot of advances that come from the Aerospaciale research. You say at the end of your opinion that we need to improve the standard of living on Earth, and I’m sure that you think that most of technological devices and facilities help us to achieve it.

      If there wasn’t Space Exploration it wouldn’t have technological advances like wireless tools, GPS, smoke detectors, bar-code, anticorrosive paint, power saving system, disinfection techniques, insulating clothes, laser, Teflon, Velcro, cardiac monitors, multicolor thermography, contact lenses, dehydrated food, toothpaste tube, etc.

      Every cloud has a silver lining.

      Regards
      Pedro

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  2. TOPIC 3: Computers can translate all kinds of languages well.
    Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?

    Nowadays, the question of whether technology can replace some human skills is often discussed. If we have a calculator that performs calculations easily, quickly and always correctly, why cannot we use computers to translate all kinds of languages well instead of learning languages ourselves?

    In my opinion there are several arguments that demonstrate the value of learning languages, specially at an early age.

    First of all, it can be said that in the same way as we should learn the way to solve the operations before using the calculator, computers can help people to translate languages but never substitute the learning of a language and all the potential skills that are developed with it such as memory, effort, attention… I can say from my own experience working with children with language disorders, that the more language they learn, the more skills they have: self-control, social skills and understanding of the context and their daily live.

    Secondly, new studies and scientific researches— particularly neurologists, psychologists and educational specialists — are showing that a multilingual brain is quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease longer. Actually you can see it, neuroimaging techniques show us how language centres in the brain actually grow as a result of learning different languages succesfully. And for example, in bilingual people the brain areas that are activated are clearly different.

    Finally, I personally believe that the knowledge of a language is not only a translation of an idea, it is about communication and it is impossible with a machine. It is about immersing yourself in another culture and this cannot be achieved with a translation. It is about changing the way you see the world.

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  3. TOPIC 3: Computers can translate all kinds of languages well.
    Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?

    Nowadays, the question of whether technology can replace some human skills is often discussed. If we have a calculator that performs calculations easily, quickly and always correctly, why cannot we use computers to translate all kinds of languages well instead of learning languages ourseleves?

    In my opinion there are several arguments that demonstrate the value of learning languages, specially at an early age.

    First of all, it can be said that in the same way as we should learn the way to solve the operations before using the calculator, computers can help people to translate languages but never substitute the learning of a language and all the potential skills that are developed with it such as memory, effort, attention… I can say from my own experience working with children with language disorders, that the more language they learn, the more skills they have: self control, social skills and understanding of the context and their daily life.

    Secondly, new studies and scientific researches— particularly neurologists, psychologists and educational specialists — are showing that a multilingual brain is quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease longer. Actually you can see it, neuroimaging techniques show us how language centres in the brain grow as a result of learning different languages succesfully. And for example, in bilingual people the brain areas that are activated are clearly different.

    Finally, I personally believe that the knowledge of a language is not only a translation of an idea, it is about communication and it is impossible with a machine. It is about immersing yourself in another culture and this cannot be achieved with a translation. It is about changing the way you see the world.

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  4. Topic 5.
    The question of wether technology has created less free time rather than more is very difficult to answer because it depends on the activities that you consider as your hobbies. I mean, you might consider that if you are using technology you are using your free time too.

    Firstly, more and more teenagers have a mobile phone with a lot of applications and the attitude that is very widespread these days is to use social networking sites every minute of the day. They spend a lot of time writing to their “virtual” friends even if they are studying at that moment, so, for that reason I believe that they have less free time than we had years ago. They’d better do an activity outdoors.

    Secondly, we can’t live without technology. I wonder what we would do if we didn’t have laptops or computers. We are use to working with them and also if we need some information we are very likely to find it on the Internet. What’s more, you can follow famous people on the Internet, read what they write, but the Internet has a lot of possibilities such as YouTube, blogs and so on. These webs are sites where you can waste your time watching stupid videos or reading articles which don’t have accurate information.

    Finally, children don’t play like we used to play. We had a lot of free time and we used to spend our time playing outdoors using our imagination. Technology has changed that. A ball or a teddy bear is not good enough to play. I’m afraid that everybody wants a “Nintendo” or a “Wii”.

    To sum up, there is no doubt that technology has changed our way of life (improving the techniques in our jobs) but we ought to consider not using machines at weekends and while on holiday. Try to go out only for a walk.

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  5. TOPIC 4
    Nowadays, young people have a computer, thus in their free time they can log on to the Internet and play computer games.
    Could it improve their lives?
    On the one hand, computer games develop the mind and their abilities with numbers, words and visual space. The Internet broadens the mind because the teenagers can look for some important information, expand their knowledge, create a blog. Furthermore, they are used to keeping in touch with their friends round-the-clock using specific applications such as: email, instant messaging, Skype and Facebook.
    On the other hand, the excessive use of computers and the Internet may be a bad infuence on teenagers: they get hooked, therefore ignore their friends and family, they could suffer some illnesses for example: anxiety, obesity and heart condition.
    In short, they might feel lonely. An imaginary world coul be invented by them and in that case, they should consult a psychologist. If their parents had known the risks of the Internet, they might have prevented it.
    In my opinión, I can depict the Internet as the best invention of the 20th century, it is a ground-breaking invention.
    In addition, computer games are a good solution to get away from stress of work in your free time, but everybody should use the Internet with moderation and control of time.

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  6. TOPIC 4; "USING COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET DEVELOPS IMPORTANT SKILLS IN YOUNG PEOPLE"

    These days, young people usually use computers and the internet for many activities that fill their lives.
    Some experts say that children will develop important skills if they use new technologies. However, I am not sure.
    There are several arguments which can be made in favour of this statement and others against.
    To start with, when young people play with computer games, they could show more abilities in manual activities, like driving or they could be good at dancing.
    In addition to this, young people who use the internet are faster searchig information and comparing different pages.
    On the other hand, there are negative aspects too. In my opinion, children who spend a lot of hours with computers waste their time. In most cases they live in a cybernetic world. It is really worrying because they lose the perspective of the real world and the relationships(in which there is physical or visual contact).
    At the same time, it seems to me, that teenagers are less creative and lazier than in the past. They are being bombarded with many images and information. When they are in front of the computer every day, they can't breathe fresh air or play in the street with their friends.
    In conclusion, computers and the internet are necessary and essential in our society and I find it very useful but you must use it wisely.

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  7. LEISURE ACTIVITIES HAVE BECOME TOO EXPENSIVE


    These days many people could think that leisure activities, especially travelling have become more and more expensive.
    We could list facts to support this idea as the increase of
    fuel prices makes travelling by car, for example, too expensive.
    Tourism is a very important sector in our countries economy and local governments imposes new tourist taxes. In addition, bankrupt airlines means less competence so it is easy to imagine that flight rates are more expensive too.
    Apart from this, the travelling budget in some families is lower or, even, it does not exist at this moment, so their own perception about leisure activities rates, plays a negative role.

    On the other hand, we can mention that low-cost culture is installed in our lifes in many sectors and tourims is one of them. Many low-cost airlines companies were born during the last decade and the internet has provided a powerful instrument to find the lowest rates thanks to on line search engines.
    Following recent studies about the hotel sector, the average room rate has been decreasing for years, specially in places where there are many beds to sell. Apart from, agressive offers in order to catch clients.

    I conclude therefore, that high quality leisure activities could be expensive but nowadays there is a wide range of low cost posibilities for those people who are willing to sacrifice some quality.

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  8. Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?
    Nowadays there are many computer programmes and tools, as google glasses which translate languages well. Many people say that it's not necessary to learn a new language to communicate with other people. To my mind, our children need to learn more languages.
    Firstly, studying a new language develops children's minds because it's necessary to work in many aspects such as writing skills, oral communication or reading comprehension. In addition, it will be useful in their mother tongue. For instance, when I was a child, I got used to looking for similarities between English and Spanish.
    Secondly, while a person is learning a new language, he or she is learning a new culture. The best way to learn a new language is studying the tradition and history of its culture. What is more, the more languages and cultures our children study, the more open-minded they will be.
    Finally, not only do language students have to translate but they also have to do more things as interpret idioms, speak with intonation or study the context. Some automatic translators make mistakes because they don't take into account the intonation, the context or, of course, the expression.
    To sum up, although computers are very helpful to look up new words or phrases, I prefer speaking face to face with other people to communicate.

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  9. Leisure activities have become too expensive:

    Nowadays, in a technological world where machines do things for us better and more quickly, we can spend the rest of our time doing activities, leisure activities which occupy our time and our pocket. More and more courses are offered catering for the need of doing something, occupying our spare time. In my opinion this is the reason which explains why leisure activities are expensive: the more you ask for something the more you have to pay for it.
    Let’s see some of the arguments that support my opinion.
    Firstly, free time is a general situation which affects us these days; this implies that there are a lot of people with a common need of filling their time. And what is more, far from being an occasional need, it is a constant one.
    Secondly, as machines do most of our mechanical processes, we need to be taught to create, to generate… like we did in the past. (Here we are the advantages and disadvantages of progress: we develop new skills while on the other hand we lose the old ones). Obviously, this learning has a high or extra-value because of the few ones who have the knowledge
    Lastly, the professionalization of teaching leisure activities increases the prices we have to pay. Most of the time, we must be members of the association, gym or academy which, at the same time, are companies with legal duties, costs and taxes to assume which, consequently, must be covered with the fees we pay.
    In conclusion, it is obvious that there could be arguments against the contents of this article. For instance, someone could say that we pay for what we do, and that we pay because we want to, because there are activities to do in your spare time which are free (jogging for example), and I agree.

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