08/10/18: UNIT 3+4 “HAUNTED BY THE PAST”

 ‘Ghost Palace’ Hotel in Bali

There are a number of theories about the Bedugul Taman Hotel, which mention why it was abandoned and if it is haunted.

The first theory is that the hotel is haunted by the ghosts of workers who died during the construction of the hotel. Locals supposedly shun the site and taxi drivers refuse to enter the grounds because of the spirits. Our taxi driver waited outside the gate.

The second theory, which was told to us by several people we met at the ‘Ghost Palace’ and seems to be the most popular on the internet is a bit more plausible and verifiable. The theory is that Tommy Suharto, the son of the President at the time, was building the property in 1990’s as an investment project. Tommy wasn’t the cleanest of characters and was sent to prison in 2002 for ordering the assassination of a judge, who had been responsible for convicting him of drug charges in a previous case. Once Suharto went to Jail in 2002 the building project ceased as funding and leadership went to a dramatic miss.         taken from: https://www.journeyera.com/visit-the-ghost-palace-an-abandoned-hotel-in-bali/

Do you think people in the 19th century were more, or less, likely to believe in ghosts than people today?

Can you tell us about a spooky story you experienced?

 

02/10/18: UNIT 2 ACADEMIC SUPPLEMENT

FROM WRITING TO PRESENTING PROPOSALS

James Wilson presenting the pilot Oxford research data management infrastructurePosted on August 20, 2013 by Howard Noble
A vital part of the work completed in academia is sharing our scholarship with others. Such communication takes place when we present at scholarly conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and publish in books.

We have studied in this supplement how to write a proposal by knowing the types, structure, format and vocabulary. But there is, sometimes, something further than this that seems to be a little more complex… presenting your proposal in front of an audience, your boss, or a committee in your dissertation defense.             Adapted from: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/752/1/

Here, I found this video that will help start and finish your presentation effectively. I hope it will be useful.

Have you ever had to present a proposal or dissertation? When? What?For how many people? if not yet, what piece of advice would you take or consider a key point?

In your opinion or own experience, which is the most difficult part you struggle with when presenting a proposal or dissertation?

 

25/09/18: UNIT 2: “Computer Culture”

Have you ever been phone hacked?

We have been reading about hackers and it brought to my mind the fact that I had never thought that my  i-phones can also be hacked, so I decided to take precautions and here I share with you some tips I found:

What’s a smartphone owner to do?

If you want to be proactive, there are several measures you can take to protect yourself against phone hacking, most of which involve common sense. For example:

  • Don’t leave your phone unattended in a public place.
  • Be sure to change the default password that comes with a new phone to something more complex (resist the usual “1234,” “0000” and 2580)
  • Avoid using unprotected Bluetooth networks and turn off your Bluetooth service when you aren’t using it.
  • Use a protected app to store pin numbers and credit cards, or better yet, don’t store them on the phone at all.

If you’re still worried about hacking, there are further steps you can take to protect yourself. However, taking things too far will defeat the purpose of having a smartphone at all.

  • Avoid accessing important locations such as bank accounts via public Wi-Fi that may not be secure.
  • Turn off your auto complete feature so critical personal data isn’t stored on the phone and must be re-entered every time you need it.
  • Regularly delete your browsing history, cookies and cache so your virtual footprint is not available for prying eyes.

Taken from http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/resources/articles/mobile-security/mobile-how-to-prevent-phone-hacking-and-sleep-like-a-baby-again

Have you ever been hacked? What happened?Which are some of the ways hackers can be dangerous to society? Which are some of the ways that they can be useful to society? Do you think taht computer communication desensitizes us? Why? Why not?

 

17/09/18: UNIT 1: ACADEMIC SUPPLEMENT

SOME COMMON MISTAKES WHEN WRITING AN ABSTRACT

Here I share some considerations regarding academic writing. They are of utmost importance when dealing with academic papers.

Have you ever had to write an academic abstract? When? What for? What do you think is the most difficult issue to face when trying to write an abstract? Why do you believe this is for?

 

10/09/18: UNIT 1: THE WORLD OF WORK

What job would make you happiest according to your personality?

Are you wondering what career you should best fits you? Are you looking for a job that will excite you and not feel like a chore? Let’s atke this quiz and find out! –           Source: Youtube

1- What did you want to be when you were younger? Did you always want to be the same thing or did it change over the time?- 2-Phrases like “live to work” and “work to live” are used to describe different attitudes towards work. What do you understand by these phrases? What’s the difference in meaning between them?

Give it a shot! I will be waiting for your posts:)

30/10/13: Welcome!

Welcome to the blog that has been specifically designed for Comprensión Lectora en Inglés – Course CLECV Plus 1 – administered by Idiomas Católica.

This blog aims at providing opportunities for participants to exchange information related to the course. Although our reading course is not meant to develop oral or written communication skills, we have noticed that many of you can and wish to “have your say” in English about issues that we look at in the course. Your participation in this blog can award you up to 5 points in the assessment area labelled Tareas de Evaluación Continua.

Ready to begin? It is easy. The questions on the next message are waiting to be answered! You may want to participate twice. The first time, just write your answers to the questions. The second time, you are supposed to reply somebody else’s answer.

Enjoy the experience!

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