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15 février 2011 2 15 /02 /février /2011 18:13

Advice on how to act on the net

 

Beware... "Emily Postnews, foremost authority on proper net behaviour" is not the serious kind of ICT Agony Aunt !!

manuscript-featherpenClick on the manuscript to read the ironical suggestions by Emily Postnews

 

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14 février 2011 1 14 /02 /février /2011 08:40

  History Channel on the origins of Valentine'Day

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14 février 2011 1 14 /02 /février /2011 08:00

"You'll be loved" 

This  song is  not  exactly  the  usual  "sha-la-la-la-laaa, I love you so much !"  classic  ;o) 

And yet, though its  tune and some of its stills may look harsh, its chorus message is rather optimistic ! The animation is well-made and the whole  clip is rather unusual, that's also why I like it ! What about you ? Whether you like it or not, let me know in your comments...


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13 février 2011 7 13 /02 /février /2011 17:30

Tomorrow will be the day when lovers celebrate... hearts and flowers will pop out here and there :)

There's a great deal of idioms, sayings and phrases illustrating love (or related to this word )... I've collected some of them in this 'lexis - recap' sheet. There is no translation because the examples are  plain and easy to understand : all you have to do to get the vocabulary sheet is click on the cartoon "bear in love"

http://pics.mediaplazza.com/t_24/64x64/bear_with_heart.gif

The infographic below  illustrates a series of data about love relationships evolving  -in different countries, and  at different life ages (clicking on the illustration gets you to the full size picture) :

http://leebyron.com/what/breakups/breakup-sankey.png

  As for a short history of St Valentine's Day, you have to be patient... until February 14  :o)

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30 janvier 2011 7 30 /01 /janvier /2011 15:34

Why is it so hard for customers to get out from Ikea's shops ?

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Buildings/thumb_labyrinth.png

Here is one of Ikea's  mazes

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/01/23/article-1349831-0CE10D7A000005DC-558_634x623.jpg

"A-mazing : a route a customer took through a store. Professor Alan Penn said they are designed to stop customers leaving"

"If you've ever found yourself hopelessly lost in an Ikea store, you were probably not alone. The home  furnishing chain's mazy layouts are a psychological weapon to part shoppers from their cash, an expert in store design claims.     The theory is that while following a zig-zag trail between displays of minimalist Swedish furniture, a disorientated Ikea customer feels compelled  to pick up a few extra impulse purchase.[...]"

   Full article

from the Dailymail (January 24, 2011)
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Vocabulary - practise !
- Doing something "hopelessly" means doing it  . . . . . . . . . . . (find a synonym)
- Find a synonym with "weapon" =   . . .
- "part shoppers from their cash" = to make shoppers spend their money (so they get separated from their cash) : find at least 3 different words built like "shopper" [ Noun-er / Verb-er  -  like "worker" for example]  : ..............................   .................................      .......................................
- Find  a  synonym  with  :  "compelled"  =  ..............................................   and   "maze" .= ...................................
- Explain the play-on-words in "a-mazing" : ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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22 janvier 2011 6 22 /01 /janvier /2011 21:38

B1 - WRITING task

http://environment.phillipmartin.info/science_global_warming.gifClick on this overheated planet  to see the illustration you will study.

http://www.sinuscom.org/temp/Acrobat-Reader.pngClick on the PDF logo to get the Worksheet and your writing  task.

>> [don't forget your password !] <<  (1) 

http://freestylelanguage.com/files/simple-english-wikipedia_logo.png

This article from 'Simple English Wikipedia' may be of some help :o)

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(1) : Recap --> cliquer sur le logo PDF  >  "password protected file - enter... etc"  :  insérer le mot de passe reçu par mail  >  "unlock file" > "click here to start  download" > "ouvrir" le document PDF.

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20 janvier 2011 4 20 /01 /janvier /2011 18:59

ORAL COMPREHENSION

Here is "South Africa plans huge solar farm"

   NPR's  breaking  news  (delivered  on   October  28,   2010) :              a radio file you will use to train your oral comprehension.


This file is taken from the radio's website : NPR delivers both national and international breaking news  &  "top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture."

Click on the radio logo to listen to the file :  http://media.npr.org/chrome/news/nprlogo_138x46.gif

The news tells us about a huge farm that will be built in South Africa's Northern Cape region. The project might eventually meet up to 10% of South Africa's energy needs. The project is to be managed by the U.S. engineering firm 'Fluor' ; it was based on a viability study by the 'Clinton Climate Initiative'.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8e/Map_of_South_Africa_with_the_Northern_Cape_highlighted.svg/688px-Map_of_South_Africa_with_the_Northern_Cape_highlighted.svg.png
Northern Cape - map released in the Public Domain by Htnol

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20 janvier 2011 4 20 /01 /janvier /2011 17:54

"Wikipleadia - The promise and perils of crowdsourcing content"

This article   from 'The Economist'...

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Sports_and_Recreation__Entertainment_and_Hobbies/thumb_newspaper.png http://www.economist.com/sites/all/themes/econfinal/images/the-economist-logo.gif... deals  with  the   charges of  elitism the free online  encyclopedia has to face... and other troubles !

[User-generated content from the San Francisco print edition - January 13, 2011]

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19 janvier 2011 3 19 /01 /janvier /2011 21:55

COMPREHENSION  TRAINING

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/db/Pioneer_Laserdisc_player_electronics_2.jpg/120px-Pioneer_Laserdisc_player_electronics_2.jpg

"The Story of Electronics [...] employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution's collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill."

"Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green 'race to the top' where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.
Their production partner on the electronics film is the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry."


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19 janvier 2011 3 19 /01 /janvier /2011 20:49

This vocabulary sheet recaps words & phrases

related to apartheid / segregation / racism

Click on the map below

 

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Maps_Geography__World/thumb_Country_South_Africa.png

 

to get the vocabulary sheet.

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