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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 ?!
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The History of Thanksgiving Day
The First Thanksgiving Story :
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'
The "U.S. Corporate flag" by Adbusters :
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 ?
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 :)