Hi everybody! Some of you are getting ready for the September exams. Good luck with that! Remember that the important part is to interact with the language as much as possible – this does not only mean book study. Music, conversation, writing. You can always send me writing material to correct. Send it by e-mail, I usually take about a week to respond, but I could be a little more efficient!
I’ve had an interesting exchange recently with a blogger in Nigeria who operates a blog entitled “whichlevel”. You can find the link here:
The operator seems like a good fellow. The blog is basically a forum for Nigerians about how to study abroad and how to find out about study abroad programmes. YOU SHOULD FIND THIS INTERESTING – for a number of reasons:
1) the language of operation is English – so you can interact in English.
2) Europe and North America aren’t the only places in the world. The more you interact with people in different areas of the world, the more flexibility and knowledge you will have – which you WILL be able to use in the future (that’s why you go to university, remember!)
3) Nigeria is a particularly interesting place, with particular problems – many of which a result of European or by now American business interests. When we talk of “externalities” in business, Nigeria has been heavily involved in “oil-business externalities”. It is a source of both wealth and economic well being, and social injustice. Right now very large international companies are extracting oil in the delta region there. Remember, you don’t have to work for a big international company to work with these realities. There is an engineering company in Fano that provides engineering services for that industry – in the delta. There are people in this province that work with Nigeria on oil development – and that is only one, perhaps difficult, example.
As globalisation shifts power away from the United States and its European Allies, economic “clout” (it means “applicable importance” is becoming more and more spread across many areas of the world. Africa, particularly English speaking Africa, is not “out of the loop” (excluded) from this. Check out the site. See what concerns young Nigerians looking to further their educations. You may find that they have more information than we do!
Anyway – it is very interesting.
I didn’t get to the Summer Jamboree in Senigallia, did anyone go? DO let me know how it went!
Have a great last few weeks of summer. If you’re working, don’t work TOO hard (12 hours a day is enough), if your studying – the same. If you’re lazing around on the beach – have fun, BUT DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR BRAINS ON ONCE IN A WHILE!!!!!
Heh heh – see you all soon!