Saturday, 15 October 2011

Objective Proficiency p 15. Personal Profile. Writing

Write a personal profile for your new English class   You will find useful language here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.  

Sample answers:
1.
My personal profile
Hello, everyone. My name is Danny Garcia. I'm a lifelong resident of London, UK - born and bred here. I'm working to achieve my dream of getting a master's degree, and I'm delighted to be in this Multicultural Education course.
The area of multicultural education has been a long-term interest of mine. It began when I got my job as an English teacher at a school in London, where I have worked for ten years. I hope to deepen my understanding of the subject during this term.
This is not my first foray into higher education. I have a bachelor's degree in English which I finished in 2000. It's quite a shock to go back to university and jump right into master's level courses!
My passion is basketball. I used to play every day but I don't have time now. I have two great kids who are my world and keep me going. Lily, who's five, is the oldest and Justin, who's three, is the baby of the family. My wife is a paediatrician and she's also from London. We met ten years ago when we were hiking separately and I got lost and she rescued me!
I'm looking forward to participating in this class. Good luck, everyone!


Vocabulary
Lifelong: lasting or existing all through your life. E.g. Her lifelong ambition had been to learn how to fly. He has been a lifelong supporter of the club.

Born and bred: born and having grown up in a particular place with a particular background and education. E.g. He was born and bred in Boston. I'm a Londoner, born and bred.

long-term: occurring over or relating to a long period of time. E.g. the long-term unemployed. The long-term effects of smoking. It has been a long-term interest of mine.

deepen something to improve your knowledge or understanding of something. E.g. an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of different cultures.

foray: /ˈfɒreɪ/ (into something) an attempt to become involved in a different activity or profession. E.g. the company's first foray into the computer market. This is not my first foray into higher education.

Bachelor's degree: the first degree that you get when you study at a university. Bachelor’s degrees include Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Master's degree: (also master's) a further university degree that you study for after a first degree.

Paediatrician: /ˌpiːdiəˈtrɪʃn/

Hike: to go for a long walk in the country, especially for pleasure. E.g. strong boots for hiking over rough country. Go hiking to spend time hiking for pleasure. E.g. If the weather's fine, we'll go hiking this weekend. 


2.
 My English and Me

   I was born in the month of May many years ago in a small village near the Costa Brava where I spent part of my pubescence. I came of age on the crest of a tumultuous turmoil  period in Spain. In the aftermath of World War II, opportunities available to the young people were scarce and social injustice and inequality were the everyday challenge. Although my mother was a self-indulgent woman wrapped up in radio soap operas of that time and disengaged from reality, always took good care of instilling in me the moral values of life that shaped my upbringing.

   At the age of eight years old, my French-born auntie came to my home for a visit and got hold of my arm telling me to sit down at the table and she laid in front of me a book to learn French and she said to me “I am going to teach you the French Language”. I still can vividly remember that she never asked me whether or not I wanted to. My mother had previously told her that I had a small radio in my room and that I was always tuning in and listening to French and English radio stations, hence my Auntie’s reaction . Three years later, I was able to write and speak French fluently. I was over the moon about it, and little did I know then that that was what ignited my interest in foreign languages.

   At the age of fourteen years old, and still at school, I took up a part-time job as a bellboy at a hotel nearby.  Three years later, I was told that a receptionist vacancy was up for grabs in a hotel in the Costa Brava and with no hesitation, I jumped at that opportunity. Even though I had studied English previously, my Manager said that I needed to study more. To all intents and purposes, I took up English lessons straightaway. After a few months, my progress was not satisfactory. The hotel was closing in a few weeks' time for the winter, so I thought it would be a good idea going to England to learn English properly while the hotel was closed.
   As soon as I arrived in London, I enrolled myself in a school and looked for a place to stay. Two weeks later, I was forced to get a job, my savings were quickly diminishing. London was an eye-opening city for me, a huge metropolis with somewhat daunting sky-scrapers that made me feel like being in a concrete jungle. I had embarked myself on a new phase of my life in England. Two months had gone by, I was ever so pleased and impressed by the way I was progressing at school and I was also getting to grips with the English way of life. I learned how to keep focused on the task ahead of me and to cope with the everyday vicissitudes. Suffice it to say, that living in a foreign country there are always the unexpected travails to face up to.
   I came to define myself and find my own place in the world. It all began as a childish fixation that turned into a great life-long achievement.
   There is a lot I owe to the English Language, without it I would not have had the opportunities that were offered to me which had brought me not only financial rewards but also personal stability, happiness and unforgettable memories.
   That adventure that had been planned on the spur of the moment went on for another twenty-eight years and what I have learned from it is part of what I am today.
-Alberto Comas-
 

Vocabulary
pubescence: arriving at or having reached puberty. E.g. In my pubescence, a life passion was born within me. I began to absorb current events, history and politics like a sponge.

crest: The highest or culminating point; the peak. E.g.  the crest of a flood; at the crest of her career. 

tumultuous: /tjuːˈmʌltʃuəs involving a lot of change and confusion and/or violence. E.g. the tumultuous years of the English Civil War.

turmoil: a state of great anxiety and confusion. E.g. political turmoil. She felt much calmer after the turmoil of recent weeks.

self-indulgent: allowing yourself to have or do things that you like, especially when you do this too much or too often. E.g. a self-indulgent lifestyle.
 
be wrapped up in somebody/something: to be so involved with somebody/something that you do not pay enough attention to other people or things. Engrossed. E.g. They are completely wrapped up in their children. She was so wrapped up in her work that she didn’t realize how late it was.
disengage:  to free somebody/something from the person or thing that is holding them or it; to become free. E.g. They wished to disengage themselves from these policies.
instil something (in/into somebody) to gradually make somebody feel, think or behave in a particular way over a period of time. E.g. to instil confidence/discipline/fear into somebody.
hence: for this reason. Therefore. E.g. We suspect they are trying to hide something, hence the need for an independent inquiry.  
ignite: /ɪɡˈnaɪt/ to start to burn; to make something start to burn. E.g. Gas ignites very easily. (figurative) Tempers ignited when the whole family spent Christmas together. Ignite something Flames melted a lead pipe and ignited leaking gas. (figurative) His words ignited their anger.  
up for grabs: available for anyone who is interested. E.g. There are £25 000 worth of prizes up for grabs in our competition! 
To/For all intents and purposes: in every practical sense, virtually. Practically speaking. In all the most ​important ​ways. E.g. We've got a few odd things to finish, but to all intents and purposes the job is done. For all intents and ​purposes, the ​project is ​completed. 

come/get to grips with something to begin to understand and deal with something difficult. E.g. I'm slowly getting to grips with the language. They have so far failed to come to grips with the ecological problems.
vicissitude: one of the many changes and problems in a situation or in your life, that you have to deal with. E.g. the vicissitudes of family life.
travail: /ˈtræveɪl/ an unpleasant experience or situation that involves a lot of hard work, difficulties and/or suffering. E.g. the travails of life in post-war Britain.



3.
Hi everyone! My name is Natalie Dolphin and I'm from the United States. I was born in Minneapolis and have lived in the same house all my life. However, I attended university in Boston, so I spent the school year there and returned home for the summers. I graduated in May with a degree in History and Political Science, focusing on Women's and Gender Studies - in particular on legislative measures to increase women's participation in politics.

I came to Mallorca in September to work as a language assistant, and will be here the entire school year. I really enjoy working at the language school because the adults have many interesting opinions and have a lot to share about their lives here in Mallorca. I miss my sister and my parents, but the year will be a great adventure.

Outside of working here, I really enjoy being outdoors. I love to swim, go to the beach, go hiking with my friends, and explore different parts of the island. I love to travel too and have been to 40 states in the US and 17 countries. I hope to travel a lot more this year as well!  

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