noviembre 23, 2008


English language teachers have to meet great challenges every day. One of their most arduous ventures is to try to make their students use English language in class all the time. Oftentimes, students avoid using the language they are learning unless they are forced to make use of it. For instance, some students may find it very hard to speak in English when they are trying to depict some kind of emotion, thus resorting to their mother tongue to make themselves clear. Should teachers forbid these instances of communication if they are not carried out in English? Some writers support the idea that the use of the mother tongue does not necessarily undermine the leaning process. They believe that when the class involves students who are just beginning to learn it may be necessary for them to use their mother tongue as an unavoidable component of their learning process. It is the purpose of this essay to explore and comment on those instances in which classroom talk does not compulsorily have to take place in English.
The use of the students’ native language in class should not always be considered wrong. Teachers should not disregard the fact that when students’ feelings have been touched in some way, they may feel the yearning to express themselves using their mother tongue. Besides, given the importance of establishing a close rapport with students, teachers need to pay attention to what students need to communicate about themselves, even when this is not making them exercise their oral performance in the target language. Indeed, allowing students to use their native language in class whenever they need to express their excitement, sadness or even disappointment could be considered acceptable.

Written by Prof. Paula Ledesma
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noviembre 16, 2008


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Every time you complete one of these tasks, all you friends and colleagues get to know about it and that's how they may choose to visit your profile and have a look at the material you want to share.

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noviembre 11, 2008

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noviembre 03, 2008


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noviembre 02, 2008


If you need to find out how to write a good semiotic analysis of a newspaper or magazine add, contact us to have a lesson online. (

Sample introduction:

An analysis of Women Images in Two Magazine Advertisements (TOTAL AMOUNT OF WORDS OF THE WHOLE ANALYSIS 1600)

I have chosen to compare and contrast two advertisements found within the context of text advertising which show images of women and to discuss the way in which both of them depict women’s gender role.
The two ads were located in magazines with different readership. The first ad (Jumbo) was found in a local magazine (Miradas, October 2008) which mainly deals with yellowish pieces of news and gossip about the show-business. The Second ad (LG) was taken from an American design magazine which focuses on high standard and luxurious home decoration (Elle Decor, November 2004)
The design of the local advertisement shows the drawing of a woman speaking on the phone, enclosed in a circle. Inside the circle, there is a baby’s dummy which is not proportionate with the woman’s size. This dummy may actually be an indexical image indicating that there is a baby involved in the conversation probably related to the woman and the big size of the dummy may signify the importance of the signified (the baby). As regards the telephone, it may be referred to both as an icon (representing what it shows) and as a symbol standing for communication.

(Analysis written by Prof. Paula Ledesma, UTN, 2008)