13/06/19: Units 7 & 8: It’s Dinner Time! & Beyond Planet Earth

Dieting & Space Travel

(adapted from Ted-Ed, based on Mia Nacamulli & Lisa Nip’s contributions)

This last week we are exploring two brand new topics in our course. Therefore, I have chosen 2 videos, info and questions for you to share your views on.

The Ted-Ed Talks I have chosen and the proposed discussion can help us get into the topics.


Conventional wisdom about diets, including government health recommendations, seems to change all the time. And yet ads routinely come out claiming to have THE answer about what we should eat. So how do we distinguish what’s actually healthy from what advertisers just want us to believe is good for us?

How unhealthy are those fad diets? Michael Pollan, Professor of Journalism at UC Berkley, goes into depth about fad diets and gives some very succinct advice about nutrition in his article, “Unhappy Meals.”

What do you think?

  1. What are the most common diseases in your country? How can people reduce the number of deaths related to these diseases by adjusting their diet or lifestyle?
  2. As you get older, do you think you will become more conscious of what you eat? Why, or why not?
  3. There is a saying in English: “You are what you eat.” What does this mean? Do you think this is true?

Space Travel:

It is often very hard for humans to fathom how they are products of evolutionary processes. However a closer look reveals that evolution is not uncommon but instead continuous across all Earth-born species.

What do you think?

  1. The scientist Stephen Hawking said that humans must go into space in order to survive. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your reasons.
  2. Which planet, if any, do you think should be explored next? Why?
  3. Would you go into space as a tourist if offered the chance? Why, or why not?

04/06/19: Academic Supplement 5: Essay

The Importance of Essays

Essays are truly important: they help the writer state a perspective on a topic.

Here’s an example of what an essay would be, given a visual format. The creator illustrates a point of view: Can you understand what the writer’s perspective is? What kind of essay would the video be?

Bow Valley College shares very interesting information about what essays are, the different parts it has, and its different kinds of essays: here’s the link:


What do you think?

  1. Have you ever had to write an essay? What was it about? Did you find it difficult or easy? Why?
  2. What kinds of essays have you had to write in your Academic Life?
  3. Would you share any tips with your classmates?

25/05/19: Unit 6: A New Generation of Thinking

The Importance of Compassion

This Unit we learned about Emotional Intelligence and a bit more about its author: Daniel Goleman. Goleman gave a speech at Ted 2007 about Compassion. In today’s world, it is more evident than ever that this is a quality we must all work on. Well, Compassion is an emotion, one that we must develop if we want to succeed as people, in our relationships at home, at work, at university, at school.

Do you think emotions should be taught at school? Here’s an interesting article published in the Ted-Ed Blog Page.

Here’s a couple of highlights from this article. I hope you find them interesting enough to click on the link above and find out more:

“Why do emotions matter? Research has found that people who are emotionally skilled perform better in school, have better relationships, and engage less frequently in unhealthy behaviors.”

“Our emotions can give us valuable information about the world, but we’re often taught or socialized not to listen to them.”

Mental and Emotional Health is extremely important in our societies now. More developed countries are working hard on developing the necessary skills and competencies so they can manage stress and live in community.

What do you think?

  1. Why do you think this unit is called “A New Generation of Thinking”? How does it differ from the old way of thinking?
  2. Does your country or society encourage this new way of thinking? Does your education system benefit people with different types of intelligences? Why, or why not?
  3. How can you develop the intelligences that you are weak at? Suggest some activities.

21/05/19: Academic Supplement 4: Blog Article

This week we will learn about Blogs: how to get the information we need from the blog article, understand what kind of blog we are reading, etc.

For the purpose of our course we focus on Academic Blog Articles. Having said that, I am sure many of us follow blogs linked to our likes or needs. For example, I love knitting and crocheting and I follow many bloggers who share ideas, patterns and clues on how to work on different projects

However, if we want to understand how to read a blog, we need to first understand how people write their blogs, how they structure the information, etc.

The following video easily explains what to do to write a blog:

I hope you found the video helpful and clear. If you want extra information, Nora Kramer shares additional insights in this blog article: How To Write a Blog Post for Beginners (And Even Experienced Bloggers)  The Blog Article offers information on the structure a Blog should have and tips on how to make it a successful one.

Did you know Blogging can be profitable as well? People love to read about others’ interests and hobbies, life experiences, anecdotes, etc. If your blog is popular, advertisers may want to pay so they can show their ads in your page. I found very interesting information on how Blog Articles can also turn into business ideas in this Blog Article: “How to start a Blog in 2019

What do you think?

  1. Have you ever read blog articles? Do you follow any bloggers?
  2. How do you use Blog Articles in your Academic Life?
  3. About the video: which features do you have to keep in mind when writing a blog? Which recommendation do you consider the most important?
  4. Have you ever thought about writing a Blog? What would you like to write about?


16/05/19: Unit 5: A Good Read

What makes a good book?

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? This Ted Talk sheds some interesting information about his old friend.

This video let us know what makes a book. What did you find interesting? The success of books depends on how memorable they are: what do you base your decisions on? what do you expect a book to awake in you? do you care for a specific format?

Author Julie Dreyfuss shares the following: “…Prior to the release of the Amazon Kindle in November 2007, Stephen Levy commented in his Newsweek article, “Amazon: Reinventing the Book,” on the concept of the book as an invention. Quoting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly, Levy writes that “‘books are the last bastion of analog.” This phrasing suggests the book as a set of definable qualities that can be manipulated, redefined, and commodified.  But Levy also issues a warning that eventually “the surge of technology will engulf all media.” In an ever-increasing mass market of iPads, computers, and eBooks, 21st-century technology will redefine the codex of literature and the reading experience in the same way that the codex once revolutionized reading by moving away from the scroll…” Do you agree with the author?

If you are interested in getting to know where to find recommendations on books to read and get reviews from people you can try this link: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/highly-recommended

What do you think?

  1. Do you have a favorite author? Why do you like his or her work?
  2. List some books you would encourage other people to read. Why would you recommend these books to others?
  3. If you had the choice to read your favorite book on an electronic device or in its physical form which would you pick?
  4. Will the book as we know it become merely a thing of the past?
  5. What are the benefits of digital texts? Does a digital text offer a different or similar reading experience?

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!


Leer más »