Nov 26, 2009

Personal Safety in Peru: A Few Tips

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Personal Safety in Peru: A Few Tips

By Walter Raffo

This week brings Walter Raffo's monthly safety article, with a theme of general tips on personal safety.

Whether or not you are a tourist in Peru, living in any of its major cities or towns, or planning on visiting this beautiful country in the future, this is an article that you need to read.

Learn all about what to do in various situations, such as taking a taxi, crossing the street, while out to eat, or while walking around by reading further!

When carrying a bag or a purse
• Try not to carry a large, a smaller one is easier to protect

• Carry it in the front of your body, so your body will protect it.

• Make sure that the zipper is closed; it will help to avoid falling items while walking

• Choose low profile items, never something that would be too luxurious for street walking.

• In crowed situations, embrace your bag or purse with both arms and move fast.

When waiting for a taxi on the street
• Never take the first or second one

• If it is a yellow or company cab the better

• Look at the driver straight to eyes while bargaining for the fare

• Make a quick assessment of the driver and the car

• If it is a station wagon, make sure that the rear part is clean and empty

• Take the back seat behind the driver

• Lock all doors and close windows, leaving enough space to get air, but not for anyone to open the door

At a street intersection
• Avoid being in the first line while waiting to cross, it may help to avoid accidents

• Watch out for bag snatchers or muggers who take advantage of the crowd

• Follow the traffic signs or the police instructions

• Try to cross the street quickly but safely, walk fast but with a firm step

On the street
• Make a mental plan how to get to your destination

• If there is no specific destination, remain alert in regards to your surroundings

• Make unexpected turns or change velocity in order to notice if somebody else is doing the same

• Go into stores and walk out immediately for the same reason.

• Always play safe and do not trust strangers.

• Ask for the same directions to two or three different persons and find out if their descriptions match.

While in a restaurant or bar
• Prudently try not to sit too close to the entry door or the end of the room

• If you sit facing the entry door the better, it will help to keep visual control of it.

• Keep your belongings within sight, and your purse locked to the table (most restaurants in Lima offer this service)

• Make a quick assessment of the staff at the restaurant or bar, and memorize the waiter’s name and physical aspect.

• Engage in what you are doing, but remain alert

Oct 8, 2009

"I'm sick and tired of being considered as the worst team" says Peru's soccer player Juan Vargas

Peruvian soccer player Juan Vargas said today “This has been a very bad year for Peru. There is no inferiority complex here, but it is better that the qualifiers comes finally to an end. All this talking is damaging for the national team. It is better to be quiet and just play these two remaining games (against Argentine and Bolivia) and get back to our clubs", said "El Loco" (“The Insane”) at the press conference at Videna.

"The truth is that we are not well rated anywhere. We are the worst, the losers in South America. I am sick and tired of being treated like this", added Vargas.

Juan Manuel said also that Peruvian footballers need to be more confident if they want to succeed in their careers.

He finally said he does not care if the River Plate Stadium is full for Saturday match "because I like to play like this at visit".

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Peru's Machu Picchu ruins included in WMF list of endangered monuments

The World Monuments Fund (WMF), announced the 2010 World Monuments Watch list, and the famous Peruvian Machu Picchu ruins are included in it.

According to the WMF report, the stone structures and platforms, which have withstood the ravages of time, wars and earthquakes, are now vulnerable because of the constant and significant increase in visits and the urbanization of surrounding areas.

Sep 30, 2009

Peru: Fujimori Sentenced to Six Years in Jail

The Special Court at the Supreme Justice Court found former Peru's President Alberto Fujimori guilty of the charges of irregular purchase of a media company, bribing congressmen, and wiretapping politicians, journalists and other public personalities, and sentenced him to six years of jail.

Sep 21, 2009

The Truth About AN1H1 in Peru

AN1H1 flu or "Swine" flu has been making news and causing widespread concern for several months. This week, has an excellent article from Ryan Maves M.D., a doctor who works at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD). Because much of the news about AN1H1 has been sensationalized by the media, Dr. Maves article goes a long way in explaining how AN1H1 and influenza in general should be regarded by private citizens and the measures being taken by those in the health care industry to combat it. Like any illness, AN1H1 should be taken seriously, but Dr.Maves concludes that AN1H1 is manageable and isn't a reason to fear traveling to Peru or any other country in the world. To find out more,click on

LAN Surprises Tourists with $178.50 Fee

Imagine that you are about to take the vacation of a lifetime. Despite the demands of a busy work schedule and the difficulties of the current economic recession, you've managed to somehow scrape together both the time and the money necessary to travel to Peru and visit the greatest of the world's wonders: Machu Picchu. You're on a tight budget, but you've made it to Peru and you're standing at the Jorge Chavez International airport waiting to board your flight to Cusco when the LAN representative says, "I'm sorry, but you have to pay another $178.50 or we're not letting you get on the plane."

What do you do? You aren't exactly in a position to argue. Chances are your boss back in America or Europe or wherever you're from expects you back on the office on Monday morning, and if you don't catch this flight to Cusco now, you're never going to see the miraculous lost city.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what's been happening to tourists as result of a new LAN policy that went into effect for tickets purchased after September 1st.

Confused? Well, let me back up.

You see, for a long time, everybody's known that LAN has a much cheaper ticket available from Lima to Cusco for residents of Peru. To verify this, simply go to the LAN website and do a search for a flight. Here is a screen shot when you do a search for Lima-Cusco on September 30th as a resident of the USA click on:

Sep 7, 2009

ELTeCS_PERU] Limenos Deserve Better Public Transportation - Peru This Week, 112th edition

Limenos Deserve Better Public Transportation

Yesterday’s strike among the drivers of about 80,000 buses and taxis turned Lima into a Paradise when all the poorly maintained, horrible looking, and rusted out vehicles that typically prowl the streets were barred entry. Not since the APEC meetings back in November has Lima been so nice to get around and I hope that the government and the police are going to enforce their laws, write bus drivers a ticket if they break them, and confiscate their vehicles if they fail to pay.

As our minister of Transportation and Communication Enrique Cornejo yesterday so correctly said, “if you don’t break the law, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
The Municipality of Lima should concentrate on creating a new public transportation plan for Lima and to offer safe passage for all. It's time they finished the Metro that Alan Garcia started back in 1980’s. They should also consider purchasing 5.000 new buses to replace all the old and unsafe vehicles which are currently being allowed to drive around all over Lima.
The rumor is that many bus companies are owned by members of congress and police officers, which perhaps makes the above suggestion an impossible mission. But wouldn’t it be nice if we all could travel around Lima like people do in other great cities around the world, in comfort and without fear of faulty vehicles or overcrowding? Starting August 14, citizens of Lemvig in Denmark will be able to take the bus for free, as the municipality figured out that there was no money to be made from public transportation!
I hope that those using the buses will one day go on strike and demand that the police all over Peru enforce the existing traffic laws to secure passengers a safe and comfortable journey to and from work or wherever they wish to go within this great country. After all, it's the passengers who ultimately dictate how public transportation in Lima should be, and the good people of this great city deserve to be treated MUCH better.

[ELTeCS_PERU] Free downloadable books

Dear ELTeCS PERU Members

Surfing the Oxford University Press website, I came across a bunch of FREE books ready to download. Below is the information as itr appears on the site; to gain access, you must log in (create a free account in the Teachers´club) and trhen you´re set up.

Free downloadable books

Below is a list of free downloadable Applied Linguistics books. You can browse the contents tables, download the PDF format files, and even print out chapters of interest!

An Applied Linguistic Approach To Discourse Analysis by Professor Henry Widdowson

On the occasion of Professor Henry Widdowson's 70th birthday, we are offering this unpublished Ph.D. thesis free to download, making this classic linguistic text accessible to a wider audience for the first time.

Conditions for Second Language Learning by Professor Bernard Spolsky

Explorations in Applied Linguistics by Professor Henry Widdowson

Explorations in Applied Linguistics 2  by Professor Henry Widdowson

Learning Purpose and Language Use  by Professor Henry Widdowson

Second Language Pedagogy by Dr N S Prabhu

OUP´s website is at:  ; choose Peru and then click on the ELT orange icon, next, click on the Teachers´club section and follow instructions. You´ll be able to see the free resources and access them easily.

Cesar Klauer

Sep 3, 2009



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Dear ELTeCS PERU Member

Climbing the Misti
Every now and then a person is gripped by a kind of insane obsession that eventually pushes them to do something they never thought they were capable of. Such is the case for Brenden Allen who, during his time living in Arequipa, found he couldn't seem to ever escape the shadow of El Misti. The fabulous peak, an active volcano nonetheless, rises to a height of 5822 meters (around 19,000 ft) and dominates the Arequipa skyline. Click here to read about Brenden's adventure as he attempts to tackle El Misti!

Clean Water for the Suburbs would be difficult for most of us to imagine what life would be like without access to clean water. However, it is an unfortunate reality that many people throughout Lima do not have access to potable water, and they lack the resources necessary to buy bottled water. In order to confront this problem, the Rotary Club Lima Sunrise has embarked on a mission to provide simple, long-lasting water filters to the people of the regions without reliable water sources. Click here to read more about this wonderful humanitarian effort!

And for information on another Rotary Club Charitable event, click here!

Marinera For all the World
The Marinera is Peru's most emblematic dance and if you haven't had a chance to see it, you don't know what you're missing! It is an extremely flirtatious, playful dance with a precise series of steps which inevitably entice the viewing audience into spontaneous clapping and boisterous cheers. The Marinera can be found all throughout Peru in various shapes and forms (they even train horses to perform it! Read about it here). To find out more about this magnificent Peruvian tradition, and for some information as to some upcoming performances and competitions, click here!

Sep 2, 2009

ELTeCS_PERU] Peru: Reforming financial policy in the education sector

The heading of this article posted by the GTZ on 10 March 2008 caught my eye in all conscience. Nowadays, Peruvian teachers of state schools are really concerned in empowering their cognitive, linguistic, communicative, and pedagogical competences attending in-service teachers training courses offered by Peruvian universities. The PRONAFCAP is being developed thanks to funds the Peruvian Ministry of Education has allocated in supplementary budgets over the last three years. However, we must be aware of [...]

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Victor Hugo Rojas B.

Professor of Language Education


Aug 21, 2009


Hello my Dear Students:
I would like you take a look at this video and tell me how feasable it is to apply this proposal for Education in our country.

Futher discussion nest class

Best regards

Prof. Giovanni Gonzales

Here you have the youtubelink just in case.So long



Prof. Giovanni Gonzales

[ELTeCS_PERU] Peru: The Birthplace of Civilization - Peru This Week, 118th edition

Dear ELTeCS PERU Member

Peru: The Birthplace of Civilization

Most of you have probably heard of "CARAL," one of the oldest civilizations in the world (and one of the "101 Reasons to be proud of Peru," the book readers from around the world have downloaded nearly 100,000 times). But you probably didn't know that some experts believe that "CARAL" might be the world's first civilization.

They might be right, they might be wrong, but without any doubt the discovery of "CARAL" not only surprised and changed people's minds - it changed our perception of history. The BBC has recently released a fantastic documentary which we are proud to present to you in this edition of "Peru This Week" - just click on the image below and enjoy!


My dear students and colleagues:

This is Prof. Giovanni Gonzales speaking and I am very glad to meet you here; let me tell you that the objective of this blog is to get a weside in order to exchanges ideas as well as information of any kind about our studies and current affairs so I encorauge you to look forward to keeping in touch and "pass the voice" to other fellas who are interested in studies and investigation.

In this blog you can find information of different kind , such us : power point slides of my classes (and other relevant matters) , webside link, topics to discuss, and please everything you are desirable to share with us since "YOUR OPINION MATTER AND IT IS THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG" :).

Prof. Giovanni Gonzales

At this website you can take a look at a power point slide on this matter