11/02/20: Units 3-4

The boiling river of the Amazon

Andrés Ruzo – TEDGlobal 2014

When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, he set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America in search of this boiling river. At a time when everything seems mapped and measured, join Ruzo as he explores a river that forces us to question the line between known and unknown … and reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.

Please watch the video and answer the questions below.

https://www.ted.com/talks/andres_ruzo_the_boiling_river_of_the_amazon?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

  1. What do you know about the Amazon?
  2. Have you had the chance of visiting the jungle? Share your experience.
  3. How surprised were you by the information Andrés has presented?

 

Taken from https://www.ted.com/talks/andres_ruzo_the_boiling_river_of_the_amazon

04/02/20: Academic Supplement 2

A delightful way to teach kids about computers

Linda Liukas – TEDxCERN

 Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

Please watch the video and answer the questions below.

https://www.ted.com/talks/linda_liukas_a_delightful_way_to_teach_kids_about_computers?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

  1. What do you think of teaching kids about computers?
  2. Visit helloruby.com and share your opinions on the content of this website.
  3. How important is it for children to know about technology?

Taken from https://www.ted.com/talks/linda_liukas_a_delightful_way_to_teach_kids_about_computers

 

20/01/20: Academic Supplement 1

How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh – TEDxSydney

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Please watch the video and answer the questions below.

  1. How important is it to find balance between work and life?
  2. Think about yourself. How easy or difficult is it to deal with work and family?
  3. Which ideas did you like the most? Why?

Taken and adapted from https://www.ted.com/talks/nigel_marsh_how_to_make_work_life_balance_work?referrer=playlist-shawn_achor_work_happier#t-582090

14/01/20: Unit 1: The World of Work

8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for

Patty McCord – The Way We Work

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.

Please watch the video and answer the questions below.

  1. To what extent do you agree with the speaker when she says start-up ideas are stupid?
  2. What’s the main role of managers according to the video? Think about your workplace. What does the manager from your job should work more on?
  3. Which ideas do you disagree with? Explain.

 

Taken and adapted from https://www.ted.com/talks/patty_mccord_8_lessons_on_building_a_company_people_enjoy_working_for#t-87234

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.

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