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English in the world today
How did English become the global force it is today? This free course, English in the world today, explores the status of the language and its worldwide diversity. It looks at how social and political factors influence people's attitudes towards it, and at the relationship between one's linguistic heritage and sense of identity. First published on Wed, 09 Mar 2016
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2.1 Actividad

Actividad 2.1

1 Here are some pictures of famous monuments. Say whether you think they are in Latin America or in Spain. See how many you can guess.

Escriba dónde están los monumentos.

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3.4 Describing characteristics and locations

In the remainder of this section you study some expressions commonly used in description and then practise them in the context of a site in France.


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Introducing Health Sciences: Paramedics
Traumatic injury causes millions of deaths and disabilities globally and cases are rising as road traffic increases. This album features a real-life simulation of the aftermath of a car crash and reveals the crucial steps paramedics must take to tend to the injured driver and get him into the ambulance. It shows the importance of the Platinum Ten Minutes and the Golden Hour, key concepts which the ambulance services follow when dealing with life-threatening conditions. This material forms part o
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8.1 Feelings about care relationships

Diane couldn't imagine being paid for what she did. She thought that, if she was paid, she would, ‘have felt obligated to do it’. This way it felt like her choice. ‘I wanted to make those choices freely.’

John described the basis of his caring for Mr Asghar as, ‘a mutually beneficial friendship … always has been’.

Enid emphasised that she looked on her caring as a parental responsibility. ‘They're my children and it's my duty to look after them … they weren't ask
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2.2 What is risk?

‘Risk’ is a word which is used frequently and in many different contexts. On the face of it, it can seem as though the word has a clear meaning, but when you start to examine the different ways it is used it seems less straightforward. This is because ‘risk’ is not a real thing in the world, it is a concept, which simply means it is an idea expressed in words. In fact, the more you explore it, the more you realise risk is a problematic concept: it has been defined in a number o
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1.2.3 Boundaries of ‘normality’

The origin of the ‘other’ in society is the widespread human tendency to create categories where people who don't fit in can be placed away from the mainstream. Social categories may lead to prejudice and discrimination, but may also lead to the physical separation of people to the margins of that society. Sibley (1995) traces the physical marginalisation of people in what he calls the ‘geographies of exclusion’. Part of the process of exclusion is where the ‘bad’, the ‘mad’ a
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3.17 Key ethical issues for CAM practitioners: respect confidentiality

During their professional practice, practitioners will be told a lot of personal information about their clients. This information is imparted in the context of a trusting relationship in which users trust that the information they have conveyed will be used only in their best interests and divulged only with their consent. The duty to respect users' confidentiality flows from the duty to respect their autonomy. People cannot make their own choices and control their lives if they cannot contr
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3.2 Ethics and health care relationships

Activity 9: Acting ethically

0 hours 30 minutes

Write down a few sentences about what you think ‘acting ethically’ means.

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2.10 The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: sexual abuse and exploitation

Another issue that can cause a therapeutic relationship to break down is the failure to maintain appropriate personal or professional boundaries, to the extent that it constitutes serious abuse. A broad spectrum of activities can be called abuse. The term ‘abuse’ originates from the Latin meaning ‘a departure from the purpose (use)’ (Rutter, 1990, p. 41). Given this meaning, clearly some of the boundary issues mentioned above are on the fringes of the category of abuse within CAM. Muc
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1.12 Conclusion to Extract 1

The biomedical model that dominated health professional–user interactions for the past 100 years or so marginalised and appeared to devalue certain aspects of the individual and personal experience of illness. However, health care provision is now more user-centred in the prevailing biopsychosocial model. Despite the diversity of health beliefs, the edifice of modern medicine is built on a dominant scientific perspective, which promotes a certain world view at the expense of other cosmologi
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1.8 Models of health care delivery: the salutogenic model

Whereas pathogenesis (the way disease processes develop) underpins the biomedical model, the concept of positive health, or salutogenesis, focuses on how and why people stay well. Salutogenesis can be seen either as a model in its own right or as an example of the biopsychosocial approach (Antonovsky, 1979, 1987). Antonovsky's salutogenic model was designed to advance understanding of the relationship between stressors, coping and health, with the aim of explaining how some indi
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1.6 Models of health care delivery: the biomedical model

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The Energy of Light
In this introduction to light energy, students learn about reflection and refraction as they learn that light travels in wave form. Through hands-on activities, they see how prisms, magnifying glasses and polarized lenses work. They also gain an understanding of the colors of the rainbow as the visible spectrum, each color corresponding to a different wavelength.
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Graduate interview - Zoe Paisley
An account of what the motivating factors were which inspired this student to engage in the study of the environment at RMIT and how it led to her decision to pursue further studies in environmental education teaching.
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Graduate interview - Dearne O'Halloran
An account of what the motivating factors were which inspired this student to engage in the study of the environment at RMIT and how it led to her current employment.
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Graduate interview - Paul Rees
An account of what the motivating factors were which inspired this student to engage in the study of the environment at RMIT and how it led to his current employment.
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Writing family history
A short introduction to this album.
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The UA First-Year Scholars Program, Experiences of American Indian Freshmen
Native American Student Affairs (NASA) at The University of Arizona offers you a wonderful first-year experience. The First-Year Scholars Program, is designed for Native American students who are seeking opportunities for lifetime campus connections whether it be in the classroom, residence hall, or the surrounding Tucson community. The living and learning community theme is popular on college campuses because it provides students valuable tools and resources that contribute to their overall aca
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Native American Student Affairs (NASA) at The University of Arizona offers you a wonderful first-year experience. The First-Year Scholars Program, is designed for Native American students who are seeking opportunities for lifetime campus connections whether it be in the classroom, residence hall, or the surrounding Tucson community. The living and learning community theme is popular on college campuses because it provides students valuable tools and resources that contribute to their overall aca
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