12/02/20: Unit 7: Dinner Time & Unit 8: Beyond Planet Earth

Food and Brain

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night?

Your brain is like a machine that needs specific materials to function well. This website breaks down the different nutritional parts that are necessary, and how they interact with the brain. Take a look and learn about some brain food.

Let’s explore how food affects our brain

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?

The Universe

The universe began in a Big Bang nearly fourteen billion years ago, and has been expanding ever since. But how does the universe expand and what is it expanding into?

What are the existing theories around the Big Bang and what, if anything, lies beyond our universe?

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?

27/01/20: Unit 6: A New Generation of Thinking

The way our brain works

(Taken and adapted from Ted-Ed)

The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong?

“The intellectual roots of critical thinking are as ancient as its etymology, traceable, ultimately, to the teaching practice and vision of Socrates 2,500 years ago who discovered by a method of probing questioning that people could not rationally justify their confident claims to knowledge. Confused meanings, inadequate evidence, or self-contradictory beliefs often lurked beneath smooth but largely empty rhetoric.”

Every day, we meet people and process our interactions–making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. The key is to rethink thinking.

What do you think?

  1. 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.

13/01/20: Unit 5: A good Read

A Good Read can make a difference in our Lives

Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture.

Have you ever thought of writing a story yourself?

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.

I hope you found both videos engaging and inspirational. Now, it is time for you to participate in our blog. Answer the questions below as detailed as possible and earn 5 bonus points on your first homework task.

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. Have you ever considered writing fiction yourself? What kind of stories would you like to write?

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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