Conversation group

Speak Up, Menàrguens!

Sergi Colom Mas

Sergi Colom Mas

Sunday, 10 January 2016 17:44

Sustainable architecture

joanaHello friends, welcome back to the conversation sessions.  This week we have a special guest,  Joana Colom  who’s  an architect of  a new generation, (2012 , Universidad Politécnica de Valencia) and who’s very interested in a different way to do things. It is commonly accepted that energy conservation, efficient insulation, rainwater, solar radiation, wind-power, and recycling are concepts that we must take in account in our daily live from now on, especially when we see the negative environmental impact of buildings. So, we can ask for efficiency, moderation in the use of materials, energy and approaching to an ecological design of the built and no build environment.

See you next Wednesday, 13th January 2016 at the school library, as usual.

Sunday, 20 December 2015 22:18

Dracula, between myth and reality.

Vlad Tepes 002

All of us know Dracula. When we were kids we used to go to the cinema, in our village, and one of most terrific films that I remember seing was Dracula starred by Christopher Lee (1958). I had nightmares for weeks. Next week we count on the presence of Mihai Octavian Ratoi from Bucharest, Rumania. He’s 31 years old and he’s living here for 6 years now. He has a Civil Engineering Degree and he’s working in an Architecture Office in Lleida and in the Academy Punt d'Estudi as an English teacher.
When I met him we were talking about stereotypes and talking about Rumaia, of course, came up the subject of vampires, Transylvania, Dracula and so on. Then we decided talk about it in our next meeting.
I wait for you next Wednesday at the school library at 21:30h as usual.


Monday, 14 December 2015 20:24

Linguistic suggestion



For the next meeting Teresa Coma suggests playing a game to improve vocabulary. I can’t tell you farther because I don’t know the rules. Teresa is going to make the introduction next day and I’m confident it will be a very successful activity. See you on Wednesday, 16th 21:30h at the school library as usual.

gassioTeresa Gassió has been teacher and pedagogy therapist for near thirty years now. She’s, at present, living in Corbins and teaching English at INS La Serra in Mollerussa but she also has been teaching Catalan, Spanish to a number and variety of students since she has had pupils from 6 to 18 years old during her career.

She agreed to come to help us in our conversation activities, on the one hand, talking about her experience teaching in Scotland and, on the other, explaining her trip experience to Tanzania on holidays.  

I thing it will a very interesting witness. See you next Wednesday at the school library but a earlier than usual al 21:00h 

Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:19

Is Philosophy still relevant today?

Last week, while we were talking about diets and how people behave in front of the huge amount of information available, I was thinking what would say Merlí about it and if philosophy has something to do with all of our questions.  Today philosophy seems to be obsolete, but watching this successful TV series I see how they try to give answers to actual problems from the ancient philosophers. I know that philosophy is only the guiding tread of this series, but Epicure, Machiavelli, Hume, Plato or Aristotle gain prominence as invisible characters in the stage.

Do this theories are helpful in our lives or, as Steven Hopkins sayd, philosophy is dead becouse science can tell us the answers.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:21

Evolutionary diet. Review

20151125SYesterday Manu Villar told us about diets. He started telling us the principles of paleo-diet. This type of diet is just based in the theory that humans are adapted genetically to eat a particular type of food, the food that consumed our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Then, they tend to consume wild food avoiding processed food considering agriculture the origin of food’s manipulation. Stop eating processed and refined food is the key to avoid modern diseases as cancer, hypertension, hypoglycemia, etc. In the other side we find veganism that chooses to avoid consuming animal products including dairy and eggs but also considering processed and refined food unhealthy. Two sides of the same coin. At the end of the session, after discussing about pros and cons of following strict diets, no mater what scientific or emotional principles they defend, we can take for sure that eating refined and processed food is not the best choice for your health.

Saturday, 21 November 2015 16:16

The evolutionary diet


Hello friends, next week we talk about the evolutionary diet. Manu Villar Fontana will be our guest.. He holds a degree in Psychology at the university of INEF-Lleida and he’s working in Lleida Town-hall as a sports technician in “la Regidoria de les politiques a favor de la Creativitat, la Cultura, l' Educacio i l' Esport”. He is also part of the staff in Royal Lleida and co-founder of, giving services and personal training through the internet around the world.
Manu is going to tell us about the evolutionary diet or also called Paleodiet which is one of the healthiest ways to eat since it links to our genetics and helps us to stay lean, strong and energetic.

I’m looking forward to hearing from Manu’s speech next Wednesday. See you there.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:34

The UK educational system. Review.

20151118 SYesterday Mr. Scott told us about the educational system in England. He studied to a state school wich is the equivalent to a public Spanish school but with certain differences between them. To start, pupils in the UK attend lessons dressed in uniform and they call the teacher in a formal way. The sports and arts are very important subjects for them at the same level of geography or biology. In general, school in the UK is more demanding for students, espacially in year 11 and year 13, the equivalent to 4rt ESO and 2on de Batxillerat. Then they can go to the university which is more expensive than it is in Spain. But although the administration pay for the students' education when they get a job have to pay back in return part of their salary to the state.

Definitely, it was very interesting learning about it.

Saturday, 14 November 2015 16:19

The British educational system

studentsNext week the Topic will be the educational system. The last idea that Frank spread in our last meeting was that although it is generally accepted that education can reduce inequalities and reduce differences between people around, it is not so easy. Another important issue is that teaching is only one part of education. But, talking about teaching, we can ask Mr. Stephen Edward Scott about the differences and similarities between English system and Catalan system since he comes from North Wales but now he’s working as an English teacher here in Lleida. We like to know if pupils in the UK are more demanding, if practice is more important than theory and what is the role of matters like sports or arts. We also want to know the difference between state, public and private schools. And some other questions: Do English pupils have the same classmates day before the day and year before year? Do they stay in the same class-room all the time? What about copying in the exams and plagiarism in essays? Is it compulsory getting dressed in uniform?

I wish all of this questions will be cleared up next Wednesday at 21:30 at the library school. as usual.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:36

Habits. Review

Yesterday we shared our bad habits with our companions. Actually, our bad habits are very soft, nothing about drugs, alcohol or sex. We wanted to know how to break bad habits and replace them for good ones, but the experience wasn't very profitable since no one had anything remarkable to tell the others. However, we had a point in common which was the trend to procrastinate tasks in our job. Then the conversation about the topic went down and the section of retired people started to tell us their feelings in relation to habits and routines you can start when you are not forced to work every day. It is impressive how open minded and interesting can be our mates. 

Page 2 of 5