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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
6 novembre 2011 7 06 /11 /novembre /2011 16:39
A vocabulary recap sheet on films, the cinema, etc...
Click on the PICTURE below :
thumb movie film camera
to access the specific lexis : words and phrases that might be of some use whenever talking about movies or to prepare a film review.
1 novembre 2011 2 01 /11 /novembre /2011 10:12




There are many reasons why people tweet :  tweets may be personal conversation or professional information. Twitter accounts are often used to promote oneself and one's business or website. The iinfographic also displays Twitter business value, who the most famous Tweeters are, and depicts the average Tweeter profile -male or female ? How old ? Is he/she a father/mother? And so on...


31 octobre 2011 1 31 /10 /octobre /2011 13:37

Science-Biology Sections -& interested

One of Hallowe'en favourite prank is scaring people... Let's see how fear is related to our memory and how it affects our brain

Published by M. Mirza - dans SCIENCES & TECH
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30 octobre 2011 7 30 /10 /octobre /2011 19:14


Many of you may not know the novel yet -nor the film :  the official website SYNOPSIS  and the 'traditional' WIKIPEDIA article on "The Help"  are a good start.



You may also READ the first pages of the novel, and  LISTEN to the corresponding audio file  on the U.S. Penguin Books website.



Kathryn Stockett was interviewed by 'Time'  in November 2009 : the document may be compared with excerpts from the   CBS videointerview 


The book has been warmly praised : 'The Huffington Post' article "The Help : Kathryn Stockett's Controversial Hit"  is all the more worth reading. Jessie Kunhardt's article highlights controversial sides and refers to various press articles (+ URLs) : the Washington Post's, the New York Times', etc...

In the 'New York Times' Janet Maslin deals with " Racial Insults and Quiet Bravery in 1960s Mississippi" -the article was issued on February 18, 2009.

The http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Sports_and_Recreation__Entertainment_and_Hobbies/thumb_film_strip_brown.png camera's eye

Thanks to G. Segrestain, the colleague who sent the  >>  SCRIPT of the film  URL -another good start ;)
"Civil Rights through a soft focus lens in 'The Help'" was written on August 10, 2011 by Karina Longworth on the Villlage Voice website ('Movies' section). You'll also find "Kathryn Stockett'southern discomfortby John Barber  -issued on the 'Globe and Mail' on May 07, 2011.
The Metacritic website  also reviews the film assets and flaws....


  African American English   : information on the African American dialects.

 The rise and fall of Jim Crow -also a PBS series- to get more on the Jim Crow laws mentioned in the novel. (interactive maps, tools & activities, a section for teachers, etc...).

The British cover of the book you can see on top of this article couldn't be released in the U.S.A. for it was considered too controversial. Here is the one that was chosen instead :

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41eKoQORnFL._SS500_.jpgESL students might analyse and compare both book covers and have to explain the American publishers' choice. They might also write their own back cover (and possibly illustrate their own too !).

"The Help" : a few themes

  Race       Gender        Society & Class

Justice & Judgement       Violence

Literature & writing

Education             Love          The Home


Published by M. Mirza - dans TEACHERS' Lounge
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30 octobre 2011 7 30 /10 /octobre /2011 10:27

Kathryn Stockett's book  "The Help"

somehow started 'buzzing' onlist :)

Up to now, I've only read several excerpts from the book -and watched the official film trailer :

One of the latest posts definitely made me feel like reading the whole novel and watching the film !
Meanwhile, here's a 61'20" interview of Kathryn Stockett on CBS channel : 

Several passages might be used in ESL class (the author's intentions / fiction VS reality / etc...).

I've started gathering resources that might prove useful to ESL teachers interested in having their students discover "The Help" -of course the result will be selective and keep... in progress :)

Published by M. Mirza - dans LITERATURE
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29 octobre 2011 6 29 /10 /octobre /2011 13:09

No...  not pumpkins again -not today ! 

Art or Food ?

Terry Border joins both !

  This silent animation reviews mere moments in 'A Slice of Life' : smiles, tinged with poetry ;)

Below, the 'food artist' explains how inspiration gets him to invent such funny little creatures :  Terry Border's interview iillustrates how to make food look look artistic :o)

Published by M. Mirza - dans English is FUN :o)
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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 16:04



The two infographics below show more realistic

& sometimes spooky sides of Halloween

The first illustration -on the left- points out data and statistics about Hallowe'en crimes. The second one, -on the right- shows that not only does Halloween mean tradition and culture, but also.. making money !

Would you like to know how much people spend on costumes and which ones are  trendy  in 2011 ? What are the worst or best places in the U.S.A. for "trick-or-treating" ? To get the answers -and a lot more, click on the illustration on the right to view the full-size infographic and its data. If you're nod afraid of viewing creepy facts and figures you can click on the illustration on the left : you'll feel as if you were shooting an episode of 'CSI' TV series... besides, you'll practise specific vocabulary !









28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 10:03

Can you feel it ?!

is coming -it's all close ;)

But Hallowe'en's Eve is not tonight... not yet ! Till then, this slide show displays a series of Jack O' Lantern carved pumpkins

Scary, creepy, funny, dazzling, weird... all of them are most original.
You can learn about "The legend of Jack O'Lantern" <<  here !
27 octobre 2011 4 27 /10 /octobre /2011 14:52

Food and cooking are part of a country's culture -it can even get artistic !

From today on, they deserve a specific category on this weblog...

Let's start with a recipe I found on VIDEOJUG :

Hallowe'en usually gets us to carve those poor pumpkins, again and again...

Hum... why not have them baked instead ?!

Pumpkins represent the autumn (= US fall) season and harvest time, especially Hallowe'en.

I've just taken it out of the oven -it smells terrific   [minutes later] now we can testify it's good too, but you should wait a little longer... for I've burnt my tongue 


If you're not used to cooking / using the oven, you must ask your parents for help...

  New words or phrases :

note them down in your LEXIS recaps for you to start learning them.


25 octobre 2011 2 25 /10 /octobre /2011 23:14


"Wind is an important nature force that humans have learned to harvest

to create power (and curse it for giving them bad hair days). [...] By  harvesting the wind’s power, we are able to create electricity using wind turbines".

Before Autumn Holidays, you finished studying documents and a video about wind turbines. Check out the infographic below : it illustrates how wind power is collected to generate electricity ::

Published by M. Mirza - dans SCIENCES & TECH
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