Sunday, 26 January 2014
Thursday, 20 August 2009
On the one hand, I have obviously benefited from block three; principally, my academic reading and writing. Due to the time, which we had to complete all the requirements, being very short, immediately after the topic was given, I started searching about it and reading the materials which were provided. This block's topic was about global issues and the requirements were the timed writing, the essay, the seminar and the presentation. Consequently, by the end of block three, I had skimmed, scanned and read approximately 25 materials including an extensive range of sources, such as, books, electronic books, journals, electronic journals, websites and documentaries. Before this course, I had never done that amount of reading. My speed reading also has improved. Moreover, the practical approach to write a long academic essay was very useful to my academic writing. Accordingly, my tutor told me that my essay was very good in the last tutorial. Indeed, reading others' works and using them to support your opinions and ideas is something innovative to me.
On the other hand, at the end of block three, I highlighted most of my problems and difficulties, especially, in seminar, presentation and some areas of grammar. In fact, the presentation was the first one I had ever presented in English before this course. One of the problems was I presented too much information which needed more than 10 minutes. Furthermore, in this block's seminar, I attempted to avoid some mistakes I made in block two's seminar. Unfortunately, we made other mistakes. One of them was, we could not attain the discussion for a long time as group. In spite of the improvement of the use of grammar, I have to do more work to enhance it; especially, in articles and some tenses. For this reason, the forthcoming block is critical to improve my seminar, presentation, and grammar skills.
First of all, globalization has some negative impacts on the economy and the environment. In addition, around the world, there are trends of strong and wealthy countries attempting to control weak and poor countries by using transnational companies and international institutions, such as, the IMF. In consequence, in my country, the TNCs have entered and have made the competition with the local firms unfair and there are some local companies which have closed. In addition, globalisation has affected the environment because the people, companies and countries over use the natural resources. For example, the over use of water in my country, has resulted in almost a drought conditions.
Despite the fact that globalisation has negative effects, it has positive effects as well. Education and access to information are some of those effects. In fact, one of the most striking features of globalization is globalising the information and education by using the highest information technologies. As a result, in my country, the education system has been influenced by the international education systems. In addition, my country’s government has sent thousands of students to learn abroad. Also, it has brought the Singaporean education system to primary schools and has applied this to the local education system. Furthermore, in my country, all kind of information is easily accessed by using the Internet because the Internet is allowed everywhere.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Before the PEAP course, my general English background especially my vocabulary was somewhat sufficient to commence an academic course. Comparatively, my academic English background was unsatisfactory especially my academic writing. I was so surprised when I found myself in the top of level two group after the assessment test, because I have thought that my place should be in level one mostly. In this dairy essay, I will attempt to provide a description of my improvement after the first two blocks of the PEAP course and the difficulties I have encountered.
In my opinion, if students want to succeed on the PEAP course, the minimum effort they should do is, attending all of their classes and completing their homeworks. If they want more success, they should do more work, such as, more writing, reading, listening, speaking and practising grammar. This is what I attempted to do: not only did I perform all the optional homeworks which were given by my tutors, but I also applied a practical approach to learn English outside the classes. As a result, my academic writing has considerably improved. For instance, the difference in accuracy and vocabulary between task one writing paragraph, which was about my father, and the last paragraph, which was about mobile phones, is remarkable.
Furthermore, the most striking features of the PEAP course are vocabulary classes, because of two reasons. Firstly, the vocabulary book which we are using; principally, the collocations which I believe they are a treasury to my writing. Secondly, the tutor who teaches these classes, that is, she smiles all the time and gives all the students the opportunity to answer, even when our answers are incorrect, she always correcting us kindly. I am fortunate in being one of her students.
Despite the fact that my academic English has improved, I am still concerned about specific grammar areas, such as, articles, and the use of new vocabulary; especially, in the timed writing, because I have to memorize them. In addition, I have encountered stressful events in the classes. Not because of the homeworks or time writing, it is because I occasionally lose power of concentration during the class and seminar discussions. From my point of view, I have a small degree of flexibility and besides that I am getting older. I have just reached forty.
To summarize, I am extremely satisfied with my progress in the first two blocks of the PEAP course. It is confirmed in the tutorials. I hope my progress in the next two blocks will continue as it has in the previous. Moreover, it is plainly visible that the PEAP course has improved my academic English in spite of the complications I have encountered.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Mobile phones are a new mode of communication, yet they cause a controversy about whether or not they are crucial elements of our lives. On one hand, mobile phones could be important to us in terms of communication. They make the contact between people easy and rapid, especially in emergencies or difficult situations. Furthermore, they can be used to browse the internet to get information, immediate news, send emails and entertainment. On the other hand, mobile phones could not be essential items for our lives, because people overuse them. For example, some people use them while driving automobiles, and as a result, they cause a lot of accidents on the roads. In addition, mobile phones cause some health problems according to some researchers although this does not have widespread support among scientists. To sum up, mobile phones have more advantages than disadvantages and as a consequence, people can not eliminate them from their lives.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
First of all, TV programmes are full of illustrations and examples of anti-social behaviour. Some studies have shown that if people stay in front of the TV for a long time, they will watch a lot of violent programmes. The repetition of watching these programmes causes them to behave passively towards the violence encountered in real life. For example, one mother explained that one of her children watched a TV movie with a lot of violence in it; as a result, he attempted to imitate the hero of the movie by jumping through a window. Moreover, it has been claimed that violence gives nightmares to children when they are asleep.
On the other hand, some critics have claimed that people are not passive to the violence on the TV all the time. They can understand what they watch even if the programme is full of violence. In addition, in most of the TV programmes which contain violence, justice is applied at the end more than is applied in real life. For instance, there are many people who watch TV programmes consisting of violence, yet they are not criminals.
To conclude, the influence of TV is a controversial but essential feature of our lives and yet it is filled with a lot of violence. Violence on TV may influence one category of people; in contrast, it may not influence other categories of them. It depends on the individual themselves.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The internet has had significant positive effects on society. One of them is communication, that is, internet has become a dominant way of communication everywhere. It is easy and fast, in spite of the distance and nations. As a result, people use the internet to communicate with each other throughout the world. For example, people who live in the UK can communicate with their families in other countries with voice and pictures. The other positive influence in society is that the internet is informative, because it consists largely of beneficial information which can be freely obtained and used to learn and educate. For instance, the internet is used visually to visit many parts of the world and learn about sciences and arts. In brief, the most striking features of internet are communication and information.
In contrast to the positive influences the internet has, it also has negative influences on society too. It is filled with confused, one-sided, inaccurate and incomplete news. Moreover, everyone can create his or her own website and put information which has no confirmation by any source and without any monitoring. For example, in the Iraqi war, there was much diversity in news talking about the same event on the internet. The other negative influence in society is that the internet is addictive. As a result, people find themselves staying on-line longer than they intended. For instance, when people access the internet to check their emails which needs only five minutes, they stay browsing the internet for five hours. In short, the internet has an adverse impact on society, because it is deceptive and addictive.
To conclude, the internet has a positive and negative influence on society. Also, the internet can be useful or harmful. Furthermore, People fully appreciate the internet by using it appropriately.
Mothers dress girls differently from boys. Usually mothers dress their children in specific coloured clothes, with pink for girls and blue for boys. Parents are more concerned about how pretty their daughters are, but worried less about their sons’ appearance. Furthermore, parents buy gender-specific toys for their children, dolls and domestic toys for girls and cars, guns and building blocks for boys.
In addition, parents focus on gender-role socialization, which means, girls are encouraged to care about their families and rely on others especially males, while boys are encouraged to be independent and to direct their attention to the world outside their families. Moreover, when children get older, there are a lot of activities allowed to boys which are not allowed to girls; for example, boys can go to many places and be late, whereas girls can not.
As a result of parents’ socialization, fathers and mothers deal differently with the children. It means that mothers talk more politely than father do; moreover, girls tend to imitate their mothers whereas, boys tend to imitate their fathers. Therefore, parents’ behaviour is reflected in the children. Parents prompt girls to express their emotions; on the other hand, boys are taught to behave like men and told that boys don’t cry.
To summarise, families tend to bring up new born babies according to their gender from the first moment of birth and they continue doing that until children get older. As a result of parents’ teaching gender roles to children by dressing, socializing and telling them how to express their emotions, children learn how to behave according to their gender.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
The first thing that should be noted is that people spend a lot of time in front of the TV. Consequently, it can lead to isolation and sometimes to less communication between family members. For example, it has been claimed that the time wasted watching TV by households is about seven hours a day, also the amount of time that people spend watching TV varies with age, gender and education; however, they spend on average three to four hours a day. Furthermore, TV programs are full of violence. According to a study in the USA, they analyzed 1600 programs and found that 80 percent of these programs contain violent acts. Therefore, violence on television promoted the violent behavior among youngsters and communities.
In addition, children and TV is one of the most concern issues in societies. There have been many research studies on the relationship between violent TV programs and the aggressive behavior on children. Most TV programs watched by Children are cartoons. Cartoons contain the highest number of violent acts of any type of TV program. It has been claimed that TV turns children into zombies while they are awake and gives them nightmare while they are asleep. Moreover, children's ability to learn, their moral values and acceptance of social norms will decrease as a result of staying in front of the TV for a long time. For instance, my children watch cartoons for a long time every day. They always imitate the characters of the cartoons: language used, behavior and the violent actions.
One the other hand, there is substantial evidence that watching TV has positive benefits among a wide range of viewers. Not only does TV entertain, but it also educates viewer and can be informative; as a consequence, it can help viewers to learn every thing about any kind of science or art. Also, it might be useful as a companionship to viewers, particularly if those viewers are socially isolated, aged or invalid. Moreover, TV can be used by society to transmit cultural values about what is appropriate behavior to its members.
Furthermore, some researchers have also pointed out that children do not just copy the behavior they see. They interpret or "read" what they see. It means that violence in TV programs are not responsible for children's behavior; instead, children's behavior is affected by how the violence is presented and dealt with and also the attitudes and values that the children have already developed.
In summary, TV has several negative effects which are: its programs contain violence, viewers waste much time in front of it, that might lead to social isolation also it has been claimed that there is a relation between violence on TV and children aggressive behavior. Alternatively, the TV is informative, useful, entertaining, and educational, also offers a companionship to its viewers. Between the advantage and disadvantage of TV, we can choose what is appropriate for us and our children, it is our decision.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Firstly, in my country in the last few decades the local marketers contacted the local consumers directly in outlets without using any kind of advertisement. In contrast, the contemporary local marketers are using all kinds of technology to contact the consumers. They are using the local media: television, radio, newspapers and sometimes an internet to promote their products and goods. For example, in my city, Misurata, there are a local TV, Radio and newspaper which are used by the local marketers to advertize their products and to affect the local consumers’ attention and cash.
Secondly, in the past in my country there were no global marketers or any of their agents. On the other hand, there are a lot of famous brands of global companies nowadays. As a result, all local marketers have started to improve their relationships with customers by using global marketing strategies to compete with the global marketers. For instance, in my city, some of the local marketers have been employing women to attract the customers even though employing women in this way is prohibited by the local culture.
In summary, the local marketing in my country is affected by the global marketing strategies. They have started to use the media to advertise products. In addition, the local marketers have started to improve or build relationships with customers to compete with the global marketers and use techniques sometimes forbidden by the local culture, as a result of the famous global marketers entering to the country.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Except for the accident story, everything is true.
Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
After eight months of living in
In every family there is a leader and that leader influences the members of the family either positively or negatively. My father is the leader of my family. He brought me up in a big traditional family with conservative values. Also, I got most of my positive traits from him (if I have any). His name is
The uniqueness of societies will not be destroyed by globalization of contemporary culture, especially in the religious countries. Because religions are the most important element in some societies, countries in which people are strongly connected to their religion, whatever that religion is, will not accept any globalized culture which conflicts with their religious rules. Moreover, we can not separate religion from culture; for example, some customs in Islamic countries are related to Islamic rules, such as women covering their heads by wearing a scarf. In contrast, countries where people are not related to their religion, obviously influenced by contemporary globalized culture; for instance,
Sunday, 22 February 2009
1- Don’t hate any body even if he or she has made many mistakes to you.
2- Don’t worry about any thing because everything is in safe hands.
3- Live as an ordinary person regardless of your position.
4- Be optimistic and always look forward to good news even with the problems that you are in.
5- Give a lot even you have nothing.
6- Do smile even if your heart is bleeding.
7- Pray to GOD for the best to all humanity brothers.
Honestly speaking, I have not obeyed all of the rules above. But I am getting used to them.
Friday, 20 February 2009
I have been in the UK for six months. At the end, the sponsor of my wife decided to include me to her scholarship. A family with three children, one of five years old daughter, three and half years old twins sons and a full time students parents will led things to be very tough for me and my wife, but we will manage by helping each other to be succeeded.