Monthly Archives: July 2012

The ideal 21st Century teenager

Continuing our series of posts on The ideal 21st Century…, here are Inês’s thoughts on what the ideal 21st Century teenager would be like…

In my opinion, the ideal 21st Century teenager…

  • should be responsible so that their parents will trust them
  • should be interested in what happens at school and worry about their marks
  • shouldn’t drink alcohol or use drugs
  • should tidy up his/her bedroom
  • should have an organised timetable

by Inês.

 

 

 

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The ideal 21st Century girlfreind

As part of our current A1+/A2 summer intensive course, students read an adapted version of an apparently real text from a publication called Housekeeping Monthly which was published in 1955 (reading text from Gairns and Redman, Natural English Pre-Intermediate (OUP)).  The article is entitled The Good Wife’s Guide and gives advice to wives in the 1950’s about how to be the “ideal partner for your husband.”  Thankfully, the ideas seem very old-fashioned by today’s standards but they did inspire our students to write their own lists and texts for the 21st Century…

To continue our series of posts on this subject, here are Ricardo’s suggestions for an ideal 21st Century girlfriend.  (I’ll leave you to decide how serious he is being!)

The ideal girlfriend should be beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, and listen to her boyfriend.  She should be cheerful and interesting for him.  In my opinion, she should greet him with a big smile and not complaints or problems.  She has to be peaceful and calm, and, sometimes, tell him “you are so handsome!”  I know that only a few girls would say that, but I hope that my girlfriend will tell me this when I wake up…It’s a dream!”

by Ricardo.

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The ideal 21st Century politician

As part of our current A1+/A2 summer intensive course, students read an adapted version of an apparently real text from a publication called Housekeeping Monthly which was published in 1955 (reading text from Gairns and Redman, Natural English Pre-Intermediate (OUP).  The article is titled The Good Wife’s Guide and gives advice to wives in the 1950’s about how to be the “ideal partner for your husband.”  Thankfully, the ideas seem very old-fashioned by today’s standards but they did inspire our students to write their own lists and texts for the 21st Century.  

To kick off our series of posts on this subject, here are Telma’s suggestions for an ideal 21st Century politician…

The ideal 21st Century politician…

  • should implement the ideas that were announced to voters
  • must be honest and do things that he/she promised to do before being elected
  • shouldn’t be concerned with or worried about what people think of him/her
  • must put his country’s interests above his/her personal interests
  • can’t be corrupt

by Telma.

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Pack your bags and pay a visit to Lousa

Continuing our series of posts from students studying in our summer intensive course at A1+/A2 level, with recommendations for places to visit around the Coimbra area, here’s Telma’s suggestion…

Lousá is a small town located in the countryside near Coimbra.  It is a quiet place, surrounded by natural beauty so, if you want to relax, you’ve got to go there.

You should stay for a few days to visit all the wonderful things there are here.  You can stay at The Palace Hotel (4 stars), or, if you prefer something more traditional, you should stay in the rural tourism houses and cottages that you can rent.

Lousá is located near some mountains where you can find some beautiful shale (or schist) villages.  These are lovely, so you really must visit them.

In the mountain range (Serra da Lousá) there are some wonderful views and beautiful sights.  You can see many different types of trees, flowers and animals so you need to bring a camera to take lots of pictures.

A view of the castle and surrounding forests from the mountains around Lousa

In the middle of the mountains there is a castle with an old legend and a natural pool with very cold water.  It’s a good idea to bring a swimming costume to find out how true that is!  You’ll also need comfortable clothes and sneakers to walk along the mountain paths.

There is also a great restaurant which serves typical Portuguese dishes.  It’s called O Burgo and you just have to eat there.  O Burgo was opened in 1989 and it has become a very popular and famous restaurant because it has quality traditional dishes from the region.  You’ll need to bring a lot of money because it isn’t very cheap but it is worth it.

Doesn’t all this sound fantastic?  You don’t want to miss out on this experience…visit Lousá soon!

By Telma.

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The best village in Portugal

Our third recommendation of a place worth visiting takes us further from Coimbra, as Cristina suggests a trip to the village of Escalhão in her region, Guarda…

I advise everyone in the world to visit my area:  Escalhão (a village), Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (a town) and Guarda (a city).

Escalhão is a beautiful and peaceful village; one the biggest in the region and, in my opinion, the most cultural.

It’s a really happy place to visit in summer because there are many foreign visitors and traditional celebrations.  My village has a rural museum and a spectacular church.  It’s very pretty and full of history.

Very close to Escalhão is Barca d’Alva on the banks of the beautiful River Douro.  Here the landscape is lovely because the village, the mountains and the bridge are reflected in the river.  Believe me, it’s fantastic.  You should go there in Spring because there are almond blossom fairs (“Amendoeira em Flor” in Portuguese).

When you come, don’t forget your camera and water because it gets very hot in summer!

You’ll love it!

by Cristina

Some photos of the village and region

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The perfect place for a perfect date…

Continuing our series of posts suggesting day trips in the Coimbra area, here is a recommendation if you’re feeling romantic.  It comes from Inês, who is studying in our A1+/A2 Summer 2012 July Intensive Course.

I think the most romantic place for a date is Figueira da Foz.  You should arrange a date there because the long, sandy beach is a beautiful place to spend some time with someone special.  The views are magnificent and extraordinary.

The perfect date is to take a walk along the beach, and after, to go to a restaurant with lots of candles and flowers.

by Inês.

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A visit to Gois

Students in our A1+/A2 Summer Intensive Course have been writing recommendations of places to visit in and around Coimbra.  To get us started, here’s a lovely suggestion from Rita…

I’m going to tell you about Gois.  It’s a village in the district of Coimbra, about 40 km from the city.

A few years ago I worked there during the winter.  I found it very cold and it snowed a lot.

Then, I returned there one day during the summer and I was delighted by the natural beauty and the quality of the clear water at the river beach.

August is a great month to visit Gois because there is a meeting of bikers which attracts motorcyclists from all over Portugal and abroad.  There are also concerts and you can try extreme sports like climbing and abseiling, as well as more traditional sports like fishing.  If you want to stay, you can go camping (you’ll need to take a tent, a sleeping bag and a torch!).

Nearby, there are schist villages in the highest points of the mountains.  The landscape is beautiful and you might even see animals like deer and boar if you are lucky.  You might also meet an Englishman who bought a house in one of the villages and loves living there.

You really should visit Gois, and if you do, you need to take a camera and a pair of walking boots.  You should also try some of the typical local foods such as the olive oil, honey and chestnuts.

If you like peace and quiet and nature, spend a delightful summer’s day in Gois.

by Rita.

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