Monday, September 15, 2014

International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”)

A Day Devoted to Strengthening the Ideals of Peace

International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by resolution 36/37, the United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Furthering the day’s mission, the General Assembly voted unanimously in 2001 to adopt resolution 55/282 establishing 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease- fire.

Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. You can also share thoughts, messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day on social media.

2014 Theme: “Rights of Peoples to Peace”

This year’s International Day of Peace theme recognizes the 30th United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. On Sunday 21 September 2014, join millions of people around the world as they participate in activities, events, concerts and festivals to celebrate the International Day of Peace, recognizing that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Explore the campaign, “I have aright to peace” and “We all have a right to peace”.

Follow @PeaceDay on Twitter and “like” the International Day of Peace page on Facebook for updates, ideas and links to Peace Day events and activities.

Now, We have two things to do to celebrate this important day:

1. Get your selfie to promote peace... Write a short message... with... “I have aright to peace” or “We all have a right to peace”.  Peace Day September 21st #doris3meflcenter #PeaceDay #peacehug #urbe. Post in Twitter or in our facebook page

From Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm:
"... September 21 is International Day of Peace! 
Post your own selfie to our page with #PeaceDay..."
Huge #PeaceHug to all... 

2. Participate in the event promoted by Club de Leones de Maracaibo. Get a white ballon with a message for peace. Post your photos to our facebook group.

Well, we'll be discussing about peace during our classes... Hope you get inspire and learn how to build peace for you, your loved ones and the whole world.

Keep shining  LOve and Peace!

Intros and New Friends

Let's introduce ourselves and make new friends!

To introduce yourself you say things like:

Hi, I'm Carlos Gutierrez
Hi, my name's Carlos Gutierrez but you can call me Carl

To answer to that .. you say things like:

Hi, Carlos.  Nice to meet you.
                  Glad to meet you.

Now, follow the conversation and introduce yourself:

A: Hi, I'm Carlos Gutierrez. What's your name?
B: Hi, Carlos. Nice to meet you. My name's Luis Perdomo.
A: Nice to meet you, too.

A. Read about Juan. (this is just a model.. feel free to add more to the different paragraphs) 

My name’s Juan Gonzalez but you can call me Juanchi. I’m from Maracaibo, originally. I live in Maracaibo, in Monte Claro. I’m 20 years old and I study  electronics engineering at URBE . My favorite subjects are mathematics and English. This trimester I am taking 4 classes and I am in the 7th trimester.

talking on the phone
I love music, dancing, playing soccer, driving my car (I have a red sport car), surfing the net, studying English, talking on the phone with my friends, pizza , chocolate, my family , my country and my dog. I like to go to parties and I also enjoy playing video games..

I hate onions, listening to hip hop, getting up early on the weekend, violence, war, injustice, and washing the dishes. I don't like smoking.  I can't stand people smoking.

Eiffel Tower
My dream is to travel around the world, visit the Pyramids in Egypt and The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Of course, I want to graduate from Engineering School and be a good engineer. I also want to learn to speak French, and Italian. I’d love to work in an important company and buy a house, get married and start a family.

About English, I love to learn new languages. I think English is very important. What do I do to practice my English? well, I listen to music and watch TV in English. It’s a good exercise. I also chat on the internet and have friends in many countries. I use social networks like facebook and twitter to connect to people around the world and make friends. I also use my mobile phone to write messages or surf the internet for new vocabulary. Nowadays, there are really cool applications to practice and learn new languages. I used Duolingo.  I can write well, but I need to practice more. The most difficult for me is speaking. I want to practice in class and out of class, too. I hope I can make a lot of friends and practice speaking in this class.

Well, This is a little bit about me. Hope you liked it...

Keep on Shining Love and Peace!

B. Now, Get in groups and answer these questions about Juan. Draw a mindmap or a graph.  

What’s his name? Where is he from? Where does he live? How old is he? What school in URBE is he from? What are his favorite subjects? What classes is he taking?
What does he like doing? What things does he like? Love? Enjoy?
What are some things he doesn't like? What does he hate? Can’t stand?
What is his dream? What does he  want to do with his life?
About English:
What’s his opinion about English? Does he like it? Is it important? What does he do to study English? How does he prefer to study English? What does he want to do in his class?

C. It's time to meet a new friend. Use these questions to interview your new friend.

What’s your name?  How old are you? Where do you live? Where are you from? What school in URBE are you from? What are your favorite subjects? What classes are you taking?
What do you like doing? What things do you like? Love? Enjoy?
What things you don’t like? Hate? Can’t stand?
What is your dream? What do you want to do with your life?
About English:
What’s your opinion about English? Do you like it? Is it important? What do you do to study English? How do you prefer to study English? What do you want to do in this class?

Use these expressions to answer to your new friends questions:

My name is…. / I’m from …… / I go to …… in URBE / I’m …….years old. / I live in…….
I love…… / I enjoy….. /I like to …….
I don’t like to ……. / I hate……. /I can’t stand………
My dream is to ……. / I want to ……. One day.
About English:
I think English is……. / In my opinion …….. / For me ….. / I guess ……. / I want to …. in this class.

Now, Tell about your new friend:

Her/his name’s ……... She/he’s from ……... She/he’s a student from …………………… school. She/he’s …… years old. She/he lives in ………………... He/she goes to ...... He/she is taking....
She/he likes …+ing, She/he likes to …….,
She/he loves …. + ing, she/he enjoys …+ ing
She/he doesn’t like to ……. / She/he hate……. /She/he can’t stand………
Her/his dream is to ……. / She/he wants to ……. One day.
About English:
She/he thinks English is……. / In her/his opinion …….. / For her/him ….. / He/she guesses ……. / She/he wants to …. in this class.

D. Now draw a mind map with the information about your friend.

Navith Arriaga

Have fun and keep on shining love and peace!

Welcome September - December 2014 Trimester!

Well, here we are again.... new trimester ... new level.. Welcome, everyone!

These are our classes

Exam Dates

1st term: 
06/10/14 - 09/10/14   Written Test 20 pts

2nd term: 
03/11/14 - 06/11/14  Written Test 20 pts

3rd term: 
24/11/14 - 27/11/14   Written Test 10 pts
01/12/14 - 04/12/14   Oral Test 10 pts

We'll be using our Facebook Group and Twitter hashtag to communicate and share..

Keep on shining love and peace!