12/02/18: Unit 7 – It’s Dinner Time!

I am sure that the contents of the unit will help you reflect on what you regularly eat in your diets. Thanks to massive media, people already know the benefits of good diets; what to eat and what not, and the results for keeping a healthy way of life: Eating a good quantity of fruit and vegetables, proteins, legumes and some more; alternating with physical exercise and sports.

This is what you and many can do, but is this what the majority follow? Take a look at this excerpt of what Peruvians eat, so you can see what we do as part of our culture and what it is in our hands to change -if anything.


The Peruvian cuisine largely consists of spicy dishes that originated as a blend of Spanish and indigenous foods. Such dishes are often referred to as Criolla, or Creole. Aji (chili) is the most popular spice in Peru and is used in a variety of ways to give food extra flavor. Mint, oregano, basil, parsley, and cilantro are also included in Peruvian dishes, particularly soups and stews. Aside from spices, however, potatoes, rice, beans, fish, and various grains are essential staples (foods eaten nearly everyday) in the Peruvian diet.

Peru’s unique variety of climates and landscapes has helped to make the Peruvian menus some of the most diverse in South America. Such geographical variety gives Peru distinct culinary regions that are divided into coastal, mountainous/highland, and tropical. In addition, the impact of various ethnic influences can be seen through indigenous (native), Spanish, Asian, and African cooking styles and dishes.

The Pacific Ocean provides Peru with a wide variety of seafood, particularly for those who live near the coast. Ceviche —fish, shrimp, scallops, or squid marinated in a lime and pepper mixture—might be considered one of the country’s national dishes, due to its overwhelming popularity. It is often served with corn-on-the-cob, cancha (toasted corn), or sweet potatoes. Salads in this region are also common, particularly huevos a la rusa (egg salad) and palta rellena (stuffed avocado).

The mountainous/highland diet closely resembles food the Incas prepared hundreds of years ago. Basic staples of potatoes, corn, rice, and various meats (especially beef and pork) are common ingredients in the highland cuisine. Choclo con queso (corn on the cob with cheese) and tamales (meat-filled corn dumplings) are popular corn dishes. Lechón (suckling pig), cuy (guinea pig), chicharrones (deep-fried pork and chicken), and pachamanca (meat cooked over a hot stone pit) are common meat dishes in this area. Soups containing an abundance of spices, onions, and eggs, as well as freshly caught fish from Lake Titicaca (particularly trout), help satisfy the highlanders’ appetites.

Meats and fresh fruits and vegetables are the basis of the tropical Peruvian diet. Bananas, plantains (similar to the banana), and yucca (similar to a yam) are readily available and therefore are eaten in great quantities. Inhabitants of the tropical region also enjoy a variety of fish, wild game (such as boars, monkeys, pigs, deer, and chickens), and plenty of rice.



Now, read the What Do You Think Section on page 132 of your textbooks to answer the questions in a short paragraph, so you can share your ideas in relation to the topic.

29/01/18: Unit 6 – A New Generation Of Thinking

You may be aware of the fact that there’s a wide range of intelligences that people have, being characterized by the dexterity they possess in a number of them, such as Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/ Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Musical, and a few more. The question as for why some people excel better than others was answered by Howard Gardner, psychologist and professor, who in 1975 introduced the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in his book The Shattered Mind.

Do you know what your main intelligences are? You should know that considering what your strong and weak abilities and skills are can help you not only to land a job, but to develop them as well. In addition to this, what do you know of Emotional Inteligence? You will find a good reading about this in your books, but here you will find and approach to the theme:

The ability to express and control our emotions is essential, but so is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Imagine a world where you could not understand when a friend was feeling sad or when a co-worker was angry. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence, and some experts even suggest that it can be more important than IQ

Learn more about exactly what emotional intelligence is, how it works, and how it is measured.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Since 1990, Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer have been the leading researchers on emotional intelligence. In their influential article “Emotional Intelligence,” they defined emotional intelligence as, “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions” (1990).

Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/emotionalintell.htm

How can you relate to this? Read the What Do You Think Section on page 106 of your textbooks to answer the three questions in a paragraph. By doing it so, you can have extra points to Task 2 of the course. Go ahead and give it a try!

15/01/18: Unit 5 – A Good Read

Welcome to CLECV Plus 2’s first entry!

In a certain way, I am positive the contents of this unit will make you feel at ease, for it is about the reading of material that covers a range from short stories to novels. Would you not say that you have enjoyed the pleasure of reading? And if you were fortunate, enjoyed it since your school days and beyond?

To be honest, as I was growing up, I was always more dedicated to outdoor activities than books. Sure, I was encouraged to read, but sometimes it felt like the obligation of some sort. That’s why I experienced a rebirth when I was challenged with readings of different lengths and nature later at school. Little by little I was being conquered by all this printed material that made me avid to read more and more; even considering writing fiction at some point!

Here below, there’s some interesting information presented in the Unit:

Three Ways Short Stories are Different Than Novels

by Joe Bunting

Writing short stories is different than writing novels. Many authors are nervous about writing short stories because they’re not sure how short stories differ from novels.

Like all forms, short stories have their own unique rules. However, the rules for writing short stories are not difficult to master.

Here are three ways short stories are different from novels:


  1. Short Stories are Shorter

For one, short stories are shorter than novels. How long are short stories?

Technically a short story is anywhere between 1,000 to 20,000 words. If your story is less than 1,000 words, it would be considered flash fiction, which, by the way, is a growing market. If your short story is longer than 20,000 words, it would be considered a novella.

Most literary magazines publish short stories that are between 3,000 and 5,000 words, so if you’re looking to get published in a magazine, aim for that length.


  1. Short Stories are Structured Differently

Short stories are also structured differently than novels.

Novels have time to explore the full three-act structure. However, in a short story, you often only have space to write a segment of the three-act structure, usually a segment that leads up to a major, transformative event for the main character.

A good example of a major event is William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose For Emily,” which centers on the discovery of the shy main character’s dead, decaying body in her home. The rest of the story is just build up and explanation for that one central event.


  1. Short Stories are About One Character

Finally, short stories only focus on one major character. Novels have room to explore the lives of several major characters. For example, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice we closely follow the life of Jane Bennett and her relationship with Mr. Bingley.

You can’t write a subplots into your short story. They’re too brief to focus on the life of more than one major character.


From: Let’s Write a Short Story – A Write Practice Resource



What was your case? Read the What Do You Think Section on page 92 of your textbooks and answer the questions in a short paragraph, so you can share your ideas in relation to the topic.

If you are new to this activity, you should know that -though optional- commenting on the blog will add points to your Tasks (up to five points) so what can you lose? Go take the chance!

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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