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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
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...
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
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 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 discomfort" by 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 :
ESL 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
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 :
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 :)
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)
HALLOWEEN CRIME DATA & VOCABULARY
FACTS & FIGURES
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 !
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
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
YOUR TURN !
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.
"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 ::