Shakespeare slept here!

Read this blog ! Practice your English! Come on ( venga ya)!. No deadlines (fechas tope). No exams. It's just a fun way to learn the language. 

Are you ready to go?

Wendy . Blog Published 25 April 2011

4 Questions for you

1. Name the European exchange program for universities which sends 200,000 students to study and work abroad each year. Professors and business personnel are also encouraged to teach and staff the training programs in over 30 countries. It's "______".

2. You'll need to send out CVs in English when you're looking for employment or advanced degrees. What do we call a shorter version of a CV: maximum 1 or 2 pages. It's a "______".
3. Many companies and academic institutions will ask you to fill out a standard "______".
You'll also have to write an essay. The topic often deals with how you see the world or how you would handle a difficult situation.

4. Your correspondence should start with a "_____". You want the reader to get to know you, and see what a unique and valuable person you are. Describe some of your major achievements as well as your goals. Native speakers spend hours writing and rewriting and perfecting these letters. They're important. You may be accepted, or your papers may end up in the circular file.

Keep the documents above. Update your CV regularly. 10, 20 years from now look back at who you were when you were starting out. And think about who you've become. Whatever you do or wherever you go, be proud of your accomplishments. Remember, you're unique!

More advice:
Watch the film "Spanglish" starring Paz Vega. Watch it in English. Pay attention to the first very short scene in which the admissions officer at a university is reading Paz's daughter's application essay. You'll hear the daughter's voice telling her story (reading her essay) throughout the film.

.............Vocabulary and Answers below.



deals with: se trata de
achievements: logros
end up in: terminar en
circular file: archivo circular: la papelera
advice: consejo
keep: guardar
above: arriba
update: poner al día
become: llegar a ser
proud: orgulloso
below: debajo

1. Erasmus
2. resumé

3. application form
4. cover letter

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Comments (2)
Vicky (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Look at me! I came to Spain not on Erasmus, but on my own thinking I would do a year of Graduate Studies and here I am 12 years later, married to a Spaniard with a mostly Spanish-speaking 3-year old boy, and very happy!!! So all you students get out! Go away! You may even find happiness!!!

Laura (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I profit this post to give another tip if you´re trying to work or study abroad (in the EU). "Te Europass". http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home In this webpage, available in all the european languajes, you can find templates of several usefull documents to find a job such as the Europas Curriculum Vitae or cover letters, among others. The Europass helps you present your skills and qualifications effectively and clearly. I hope this would be usefull.

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