domingo, 27 de mayo de 2018

TOO LATE TO GIVE IN

Come on, just one  more effort and it'll all be over.
Thinking about giving in now? Too late. You cannot throw overboard all you've done this academic year. So... grit your teeth, clench your fists and carry on.
And thank you for making my life easy and my lessons so rewarding.

GOOD LUCK!


lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

ONE WEEK TO GO

Hi there!
How are you doing? Fine, I imagine, because nobody has written to complain or ask questions about the homework, which means that either you are not doing it or you are finding it easy peasy.
I'm still here at the Hollings dealing with teenagers, I'm really having a good time, though they're very different from you.


I'll see you on the 2nd May. Don't dare not turn up. We've almost got to the end of the marathon.

domingo, 25 de marzo de 2018

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA

What you're going to read has been adapted from what Time published about Cambridge Analytica. It is followed by a video where Mark Zuckeberg talks about the topic.


Facebook is under fire this week over a controversy involving tens of millions of users’ personal information.

The drama began when the $500 billion company admitted Friday that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which has close ties to President Trump’s election campaign and right-leaning megadonors, used data that had been collected from 50 million users without their consent. Facebook has since suspended Cambridge Analytica’s access to its platform.
What is Cambridge Analytica? 

Cambridge Analytica is a political analysis firm that claims to build psychological profiles of voters to help its clients win elections. The company is accused of buying millions of Americans’ data from a researcher who told Facebook he was collecting it strictly for academic purposes. Facebook allowed Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge who owns a company called Global Science Research, to harvest data from users who downloaded his app. The problem was that Facebook users who agreed to give their information to Kogan’s app also gave up permission to harvest data on all their Facebook friends, as well, according to the Guardian.
The breach occurred when Kogan then sold this data to Cambridge Analytica, which is against Facebook’s rules.
Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who worked at Cambridge Analytica before quitting in 2014, claimed that Cambridge Analytica’s goal was to establish profiling algorithms that would “allow us to explore mental vulnerabilities of people, and then map out ways to inject information into different streams or channels of content online so that people started to see things all over the place that may or may not have been true.”

What is Cambridge Analytica’s connection to Steve Bannon?
Onetime Trump campaign advisor and Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was previously vice president of Cambridge Analytica’s board, according to the New York Times. Wylie told the Guardian that Bannon was his boss at Cambridge Analytica. Bannon has been involved in propping up right-wing political groups for years, having been the executive chairman and co-founder of Breitbart News, a far right-wing digital publication, until he stepped down from the position in January.


What does Mark Zuckerberg say?

Facebook executives responded to the crisis on Wednesday by issuing statements on the social media platform.
Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook made mistakes and acknowledged that his company failed to responsibly protect the data of customers.
He gave a timeline explaining how the improper data harvesting occurred, and said that in 2014 the company changed its practices to limit the ability of “abusive apps” to collect data from users and their other Facebook friends who did not give consent.
“In 2007, we launched the Facebook Platform with the vision that more apps should be social…To do this, we enabled people to log into apps and share who their friends were and some information about them….In 2013, a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app. It was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends’ data. Given the way our platform worked at the time this meant Kogan was able to access tens of millions of their friends’ data.”
Zuckerberg also acknowledged that journalists informed Facebook as early as 2015 that Kogan shared this data with Cambridge Analytica, and said the company subsequently banned Kogan’s apps from the social network because they violated Facebook policies.
“This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that,” he wrote on Facebook.

IMAGINE

IMAGINE was written and performed by  John Lennon.He sings about  a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to considers the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions.
Rolling Stone ranked it number three on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", describing it as "an enduring hymn of solace and promise that has carried us through extreme grief, from the shock of Lennon's own death in 1980 to the unspeakable horror of September 11th".


http://www.eoiaviles/repositorio/mjose/SONGS/imagine/imaginevid.htm

miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018

CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

Can't help falling in love, based on a popular romance by a composer of cassical muic, was originally recorded by Elvis Presley for the film Blue Hawai. It was later sung by many other artists. I leave the original one here with the lyrics and links to other singers. I hope you enjoy it and... learn something new.


Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can't help falling in love with you
Shall I stay?
Would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you?

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand,
Take my whole life, too
For I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand,
Take my whole life, too
For I can't help falling in love with you
For I can't help falling in love with you 

And here it is sung by other artists:

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

UNREAL PAST TENSES

Though I have told you we are not going to do anything else related to 'unreal past tenses', I feel you still find it difficult to use them fluently. That's why I have decided to publish this article to help you revise it all.

I hope it helps.

I have just uploaded three videos by Demi, from Broad Horizons English, to remind you of how to use the different structures plus surfed the Net for some exercises.

1. WISH


Exercise 1 
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4

2. WOULD RATHER/WOULD SOONER


Exercise 1

3. WOULD RATHER vs WOULD PREFER


Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3

4. IT'S TIME


 Exercise 1 
Exercise 2