03/12/18: Importrance of using a ground telescope

In the early 17th century, Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope into the heavens and made note of heavenly bodies such as the moons of Jupiter. Telescopes have come a long way since those earliest telescopes from Europe. These optical instruments eventually evolved into the gigantic telescopes sitting in observatories at the apexes of mountains and volcanoes such as Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Astronomers and scientists have even placed their creations out in space to complement the data provided by their Earth-based telescopes. Despite the convenience of ground telescopes, they do feature a few drawbacks that space telescopes don’t have.

Adapted from: https://sciencing.com/advantages-disadvantages-using-groundbased-telescope-12185505.html

What are the benefits of using big telescopes?

Some people believe we have serious problems in our countries like corruption, poverty and crime; as a consequence governments shouldn’t invest money on them? DO you agree? Why?

Post your comments and get extra points!

26/11/18: Benefits of writing an essay

If you are in your thirties or older, you learnt to write essays and worked on monographies at school. Technology took us by surprise in the 90’s and with it, education started changing, too.

Nowadays, when we have classes it’s more popular that our students, use their smartphones, tablets and netbooks in class. But How is this related to writing essays? The answer is very simple, they are not used to write as much, as we did in the past. As a consequence, our students, tend to omit the use of punctuation, they confuse in using the correct writing style, even more, they make lots of mistakes in spelling; if this happens in their mother tongue, which is Spanish, Can you imagine in English? Yes, the problem is even worse.

But, what are the benefits of writing essays? Let’s mention some of them:

1.- It teaches students to analyze.

2.- It helps them to organize their thoughts.

3.- It also help them to think critically and objectively.

Was it easy for you to write essays? How often do you have to write them? Post your answers!!!

19/11/18: UNIT 6: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

The importance of emotional intelligence has increased in the last decade, it was Daniel Goleman who has written good papers and books about this topic. But what is it?

  Adapted from: https://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/why-emotional-intelligence-matters-in-your-job-and-in-your-life

 Emotional intelligence is quantified as the Emotional Quotient (EQ), which is scored by measurable test results agreed upon by leading psychologists. Much like the more familiar Intelligence Quotient (IQ), emotional intelligence and EQ are key predictors of a person’s success in a given range of situations.

These forms of intelligence require subtlety and involve the so-called “soft skills.” Unlike raw computational power or reading comprehension, emotional intelligence relies on interactions between people.

In this context, it is not hard to understand why emotional intelligence matters in the workplace. Unless you work alone, you interact with your co-workers on a daily basis.

In our job plays an important role because it is directly connected to our empathy, self-assessment, discipline and our relationship with others.

Here comes the question, Is it possible to grow in our emotional intelligence? What do you think? If your answer is positive, Could you explain us, how?  Post your answers.

12/11/18: Benefits of writing blogs

You have already read about how writing and designing a blog, so I do not want to be redundant; what I’d like you to do is to reflect on its benefits. Yes, it’s true! Writing a blog can be very beneficial for you!

Let’s give a look to some of its advantages:

1.- It helps you to organize your information in order to write your own blog.

2.- Writing will boost your creativity.

3.- It will help you to be in contact with the outside world, it will take you out of your comfort zone, the cyber space.

4.- Because of frequent writing, you will improve in the use of connectors, adjectives and vocabulary.

What other benefits can we get form writing a blog? Have you got any ideas?

05/11/18: UNIT 5: BENEFITS OF READING

As you know, with the boom of technology less and less people like reading books or e-books, even some people suggest Reading is boring or an old-fashioned habit. For this reason let’s check together some of the benefits of reading:

1.- It lets you read other people’s thoughts.

2.- Your conversations become better and more interesting.

3.- Reading prevents memory loss.

4.- It prevents depression

5.- It helps you to relax.

Do you like reading books? Which are your favorite ones? A classic or a novel? Can you add more benefits to our list?   Post your comments and get extra points in homework 1.

30/10/13: Welcome!

Welcome to the blog that has been specifically designed for Comprensión Lectora en Inglés – Course CLECV Plus 2 – 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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