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25 février 2011 5 25 /02 /février /2011 22:27

At its verty start, the free online encyclopedia

was called "Nupedia"...

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23 février 2011 3 23 /02 /février /2011 18:17

You will find effective tricks for a better search, Google tools specific to education and also tips  telling you how to use online tools such as gmail, googledocs better :


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21 février 2011 1 21 /02 /février /2011 21:08

Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February

 original designs by JGoode at myJGD.comThe American President's Day is also known as Washington's Birthday. It is a federal holiday in the United States. Nowadays it has become a great weekend for sales (esp. as for cars)... and yet, President's Day is a chance to learn more about the American history.

Fun facts about some U.S. Presidents
The Oval Office hosted extraordinary presidents. Today, we have almost forgotten many of them... the video below  tells about some of their unknown 'first times' :
The White House
"It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world" :
I'd rather turn the sound OFF...  nevertheless, this video shows interesting details...
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21 février 2011 1 21 /02 /février /2011 20:06


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. With Voicethread, you needn't install any software to collect and share group conversations from anywhere in the world : a VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds documents, videos and images. It allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in five different ways : using your voice (microphone/telephone), texts, audio files, video (webcam).


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20 février 2011 7 20 /02 /février /2011 19:56

"The wondrous openness of the mind of a child"

"Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world." Not only is her talk most interesting, but it is also humorous :

Co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Patricia Kuhl works on early language and brain development : her worldwide recognised studies show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

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19 février 2011 6 19 /02 /février /2011 15:43

america.gov website "delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture. It is produced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs."

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The document above  shows that "U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong ! Pop Culture versus Real America will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life.


Introduction by Andrew Ferguson


Krusty Burger by Chester Pach*

Farm to Table: Fresh for the Picking by Karen Hofstein



Saving Lives Takes More Than a Nice Tan by Valerie Due



Modern-Day Cowboy by Candy Moulton


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

All’s Quiet on the Small-Town Front by Brian Heyman


Pulp Fiction

Safety and Security: Twin Priorities by Megan A. Wong.


Grey’s Anatomy

A Passion to Serve by Megan A. Wong


Gossip Girl

Helping Family, Friends, and Her Community

by Megan A. Wong


Boston Legal

Ethical Advocate by Karen Hofstein .



Perfecting Their Pitch by Brian Heyman


Desperate Housewives .

Their Own Support Network by Joshua K. Handell


Montgomery Burns

Cutting Costs While Saving the Earth by Gail Kalinoski


Dr. Phil

Helping Youth, One Conversation at a Time

by Sonya F. Weakley

*All television and cinema profiles are written by Chester Pach.


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16 février 2011 3 16 /02 /février /2011 14:15

... to make their message compelling        TEACHERS' LOUNGE

                                                 [ + possibly B2 & above ]



Ben Zimmer wrote an article relating how Egyptian protesters played with language

to make their case  for their President's resignation :

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"How the war of words was won in Cairo" was published in the New York Times' "Week in Review" section (February 12, 2011). It starts : "How do you tell a dictator to get lost ? The answer, in Egypt, was with poetry, tech lingo, hieroglyphics and more.[...]"   

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16 février 2011 3 16 /02 /février /2011 11:01

Are you looking for one specific TV show ?


The following webpages might be of some help when searching for British or American TV programmes and series...

TV series created for audiences in the entire United States :

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(TV series showed only in one or several American states are not displayed on this webpage)  ; a separate list contains the ones showed in Puerto Rico.

The webpage below lists British television programmes :

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there, not only can you find British TV series but also soap operas, mockumentaries (= mocking documentaries), dramas, situation comedies etc...


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15 février 2011 2 15 /02 /février /2011 22:01


... quite a long time ago !

Below, a worksheet to help you understand the video :



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15 février 2011 2 15 /02 /février /2011 19:01


... quite a long time ago !

Below, a worksheet to help you understand the video :



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