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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
24 juillet 2012 2 24 /07 /juillet /2012 14:09

The Cultural Show

the video highlights the artist's multiple sides :


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1 juin 2012 5 01 /06 /juin /2012 23:11

Using the English definite article is often quite tricky. for French learners

This colourful infographic helps choose which article to use, step by step :

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1 juin 2012 5 01 /06 /juin /2012 17:40

TimeOut provides us with an infographic

full with facts and figures about the next Olympics in London :


More information & news are yet to come :

- article in progress -





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29 mars 2012 4 29 /03 /mars /2012 07:30


A list of 50 http://www.clker.com/cliparts/0/6/4/c/11954346011753238394valessiobrito_Fire_June_holiday_s.svg.thumb.png  banned topics

was included in a recently issued request for proposals to companies interested in creating new versions of tests given to New York City students. [These tests aim at measuring progress in  English, math, science and social studies throughout the year.] These words  -topics-  should now be deleted from city-issued tests, an edict issued by the city’s Department of Education says, for fear...  "the words could 4appear biased4 or 4evoke unpleasant emotions4 in students".

CNN latest Wednesday's edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" :

Piers Morgan used its "Only in America" segment to discuss New York City Department of Education's intention to ban the 50 words from standardized tests.

List of words

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
  • Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
  • Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
  • Bodily functions
  • Cancer (and other diseases)
  • Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
  • Celebrities
  • Children dealing with serious issues
  • Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
  • Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
  • Crime
  • Death and disease
  • Divorce
  • Evolution
  • Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
  • Gambling involving money
  • Halloween
  • Homelessness
  • Homes with swimming pools
  • Hunting
  • Junk food
  • In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
  • Loss of employment
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
  • Parapsychology
  • Politics
  • Pornography
  • Poverty
  • Rap Music
  • Religion
  • Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
  • Rock-and-Roll music
  • Running away
  • Sex
  • Slavery
  • Terrorism
  • Television and video games (excessive use)
  • Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
  • Vermin (rats and roaches)
  • Violence
  • War and bloodshed
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.

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17 mars 2012 6 17 /03 /mars /2012 23:19

This funny song about how to write limericks... is partly a limerick itself !

Nick, from the 'Imagine Learning English' software indicates you the steps to write a great  limerick :

Writing a limerick : 9 steps

#1 Know the basic characteristics of a limerick :

A limerick contains five lines. In this mini-poem, the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme, and the third and fourth lines rhyme.

#2 Choose the ending of your first line, usually a geographical place.

#3 Think of lots of different things to rhyme with your first line ending.

#4 Make associations with the rhyme words.

#5 Pick a story that appeals to you, and decide on who the person(s) is you introduce in line.

#6 Make the first line nice and fitting with the meter.

#7 Choose a situation or action in which your person starts off.

#8 Think of a 'turn' or 'twist' in your story, while considering rhyme words for the 3rd and 4th line, but save the punchline for your last line.

#9 Go back to your list of rhyme words and find a nice one to wrap up the story with a punchline.


Where does the word 'Limerick' come from ?

It derives from Limerick, an Irish town. Apparently a pub song, or tavern chorus based on the refrain "Will you come up to Limerick ?" where such bawdy songs or 'limericks' were sung...

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17 mars 2012 6 17 /03 /mars /2012 07:59

St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City

"It was a sea of green, kilts and bagpipes on Fifth Avenue on Saturday as big crowds gathered under a warm sun for New York City's 251st-annual St. Patrick's Day Parade."


"New York has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day since 1762. Dr Maureen Murphy, Professor of Curriculum & Teaching for the School of Education at Brooklyn College, tells us NY's role in in St. Patrick Day's rich history." :

Video from the NBC New York website

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11 mars 2012 7 11 /03 /mars /2012 14:57

Assume  the U.S.A. has a population of 100 people, and see the wealth distribution of the US citizen :

http://visually.visually.netdna-cdn.com/WealthandInequalityintheUnitedStates_4f5e12c763a93.jpgYou may also view      a video assuming... the world's a village of 100 inhabitants 

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10 mars 2012 6 10 /03 /mars /2012 07:27

"This advert for the Guardian's open journalism

screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion" :

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 11:34

Facebook's now in Wall Street playground...

  the company turned up on January 31st.

The infographic below is a good opportunity for EFL learners to get words/expressions related to the Stock Exchange or the Economics field. Click on the illustration to observe the full-size picture closely before doing the vocabulary exercise [scroll down to the end of this article] :

Facebook IPO

Created by: AccountingDegreeOnline.net

under the BY-NC-ND Creative Commons license

Can you match the definitions below   with words or expressions in the infographic ?

estimate how much money something might be worth selling / causing to damage or to end / earn or get a large amount of money / have your money increase / method of paying at a later time, usually paying interest as well as the original money / a firm / creator / the first sale of a company's shares to the public / keeping or examining the records of money received, paid and owed by a company or person / fail / publicity income / person who owns some of the parts into which the possession of a company is divided

Beware, they are not in the right order :)

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7 mars 2012 3 07 /03 /mars /2012 16:33


actually... it's for the STUDENTS' Lounge too !

In this TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson questions educational systems priorities -both witty & entertaining !

Watch the whole talk here   (20'04") -worth viewing !

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