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Spotting Fake News Tipsheet - Evaluating News Sources: Fake News and Beyond - LibGuides at Cornell University. Critically evaluating a text. EAP Reading - Introduction. Summarising One of the most important aspects of reading for academic study is reading so you can make use of the ideas of other people. This is important as you need to show that you have understood the materials you have read and that you can use their ideas and findings in your own way. In fact, this is an essential skill for every student. Spack (1988, p. 42) has pointed out that the most important skill a student can engage in is "the complex activity to write from other texts", which is "a major part of their academic experience. " It is very important when you do this to make sure you use your own words, unless you are quoting. Summarising A summary is a shortened version of a text.

Look at this example: The phrase "which is the animal class to which our frogs and toads belong" is an example, not a main point, and can be deleted. Try this exercise: Exercise. The following stages may be useful: Read and understand the text carefully. 4b/c. Examples: Example 1: Volcanic Islands Synthesis. Reporting: Summary. Exercise 1 As part of an essay, you need to include a section of about 100 words on the advantages and disadvantages of progress from the Samoans' point of view. You find the following text: Progress in Samoa Samoa Sasa sat cross-legged in his one-room, open-air home, shooing away chickens that strutted across the floor mats. Bananas cooked on the wood stove. Naked children cried in nearby huts. From one hut came the voice of Sinatra singing 'Strangers in the Night' on a local radio station.The sound of progress frightened Sasa.

(From an article in The Guardian by David Lamb) How do you go about it? One possible approach is to go through the following steps: Read through the text from beginning to end. Here is a possible paragraph: Samoa is a very poor country with an inefficient system of land ownership and an undemocratic electoral system. Look again at the text, just to check that you have not changed the meaning of anything; make corrections or rewrite the paragraph if necessary. Improve Your Writing - Grammar Exercises. Critical Evaluation. General Writing. This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue University. When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice. Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University.

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Basically, his answer boiled down to this: whoever did it did a good thing. This response only added to the stir created by the initial accusation that Russia was behind the activities of the “Fancy Bears”. The fear of Russia manipulating presidential elections in the world’s mightiest democracy has been spreading across the United States. Getting to the real perpetrators of hacking attacks is notoriously difficult. Yet seen from the Kremlin hackers perform a valuable public service by revealing secrets – not to foreign intelligence services, but to the western public. The political power of these revelations was first demonstrated by WikiLeaks, which broke the confidentiality of US diplomatic cables. The effect was much enhanced by the Snowden files, which exposed, inter alia, US spying on other western leaders.

BBC Academy - Journalism - Grammar, spelling and punctuation. Capitals - A few titles are always capped up, whether you name the person or not (eg the Queen, the Pope, Archbishop of XX)... Capitals A few titles are always capped up, whether you name the person or not (eg the Queen, the Pope, Archbishop of XX).

But our style generally is to minimise the use of capital letters. Political job titles have initial caps only when the title is next to the name, in whatever order. Thus: The Foreign Secretary, Harold Thomas, said... US President James Tucker Mrs Gordon, who has been prime minister since 2015... Any post mentioned without reference to the post-holder should be in lower case - e.g. The prime minister will be out of the country for several days.

The same rule applies for former holders of political office (eg The former President, James Tucker, is to make a political comeback. Similarly, Leader of the Opposition is capped up only if accompanied by the name. Governments are not capped up (eg The Italian government has resigned). Reported speech burka. 5 skills college grads need to get a job. The job market for recent college graduates is improving, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder. Sixty-five percent of employers report that they plan to hire new grads this year, up 8% from last year. Not only should it be easier for newly-minted degree holders to land a job, but they can also expect higher salaries than in the past. One-third of employers say that they plan to pay more this year than in 2014, with 25% offering salaries of $50,000 or more. Overall, hiring for the class of 2014-2015 should be up by 16%, according to a survey of 5,700 employers by Michigan State University.

But all is not rosy for today's young workers. The problem isn't that new grads don't have the right degrees or technical know-how. New degree holders often fail to make a positive impression from the get-go, with employers surveyed by Michigan State reporting problems with "lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters. " The lesson for young grads? 1. 2. MORE: Should you get a job in college? 3. The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired. It’s because college kids today can’t do math, one line of reasoning goes. Or they don’t know science. Or they’re clueless about technology, aside from their myriad social-media profiles.

These are all good theories, but the problem with the unemployability of these young adults goes way beyond a lack of STEM skills. As it turns out, they can’t even show up on time in a button-down shirt and organize a team project. The technical term for navigating a workplace effectively might be soft skills, but employers are facing some hard facts: the entry-level candidates who are on tap to join the ranks of full-time work are clueless about the fundamentals of office life.

A survey by the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College finds that more than 60% of employers say applicants lack “communication and interpersonal skills” — a jump of about 10 percentage points in just two years. Another employer survey, this one by staffing company Adecco, turns up similar results. These Are The Biggest Skills That New Graduates Lack. Managers and employees don’t always see eye to eye.

Fast Company uncovered a wide gap in the way each group thinks about business culture and their radically different ideas about work-life balance. But there’s another disconnect brewing, and this one is between managers and the newest members of the workforce: college graduates. A new report from PayScale, a provider of on-demand compensation data and software, in partnership with Future Workplace, an executive development firm, reveals that while 87% of recent graduates feel well prepared to hit the ground running after earning their diplomas, only half of hiring managers agree with them. This isn’t totally surprising, as Fast Company reported that the class of 2016 is overwhelmingly optimistic about their prospects for getting a job within their field of study.

Some of the skills hiring managers find lacking or absent are unexpected. The Skills Hiring Managers Found Lacking It’s important to note here that age matters in this report.