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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
24 novembre 2011 4 24 /11 /novembre /2011 16:47

Here are the 2 videos you've started comparing :

 The History of Thanksgiving Day

 The First Thanksgiving Story :


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14 novembre 2011 1 14 /11 /novembre /2011 08:11

A mind map gathering specific specific to advertising :


Click on the green folder

to view the vocabulary.

 Mind maps visualise and organise information : they help you memorise more easily (especially for visual learners). They are also named 'spidergrams'


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13 novembre 2011 7 13 /11 /novembre /2011 16:46



"Considering the Future of Reading : Lessons, Links and Thought Experiments"  



[ By Katherine SCHULTEN & Shannon DOYNE-

November 3, 2011 ]

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9 novembre 2011 3 09 /11 /novembre /2011 19:55

The "U.S. Corporate flag" by Adbusters :

^^ Click to view

the full size picture

As you can see, some logos are different from the ones you got on the worksheet you got last Monday : can you  spot them ?


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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.
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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...


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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

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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


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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 :)

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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)

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