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13 octobre 2010 3 13 /10 /octobre /2010 17:39

This recap sheet helps you

remember the basic rules as for writing letters

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/3/b/0/d/12247844751816776100wsnaccad_feather-pen.svg.thumb.pngYou'll find here  a model for formal letters,

and two tables including various formulas

for both informal letters and formal letters.







Thanks indeed to Ms Fernandes, who created the document I adapted :o)

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12 octobre 2010 2 12 /10 /octobre /2010 08:35

First, take this quiz :

                               C O L O U R S

   1) The name of a flower is also the other

        name of this colour :



A second mindmap, below   This one includes some of these colour idioms.


It'll help you check some of your answers.

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10 octobre 2010 7 10 /10 /octobre /2010 23:01

Colours are often used to describe and qualify :

V0C_colours-mindmap.jpgClick this   illustration

to view a mind-map I've just prepared to help you revise their names.


Click >>> COLOURS <<<  & listen to

their pronunciation :o)

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10 octobre 2010 7 10 /10 /octobre /2010 21:34

... non violent like Nobel Peace prizes Liu Xiaobo, or Aung San Suu Kyi

(2010 and 1991), committed to social change (and a bright writer too !) like Mario Vargas Llosa... and so much more !

Click on the illustration below to find a few facts & figures about them :



Below, a few words by the 2010 Nobel Literature prize, Mario Vargas Llosa :


Click on the photo ^^^ to watch the video !

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9 octobre 2010 6 09 /10 /octobre /2010 16:14


Above is the symbol of WPD for the next three years.

World Post Day is said to "give governments and Posts an opportunity to demonstrate just how much the ever-expanding range of postal services contributes to national economic growth."



The Universal Postal Union's was established in 1874 in Bern -the Swiss capital. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo (Japan), in 1969.

- Each year World Post Day marks its anniversary on October 9 -

It aims at making people aware of the importance of the role played by the postal sector in people's everyday lives and work. Below you can view a few stamps celebrating World Post Day : from Luxemburgh / Syria / Poland / South Africa.http://www.mediabd.com/store_images/stamps/3/481_s.jpg




(1) : Mail box photo by   tricky TM  

under license CC BY-NC-SA

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7 octobre 2010 4 07 /10 /octobre /2010 13:50



Click above to view

the body and its different parts :

First, listen to the 42" audio file : it lists different parts of the body that you can see on the drawings . They are pronounced a litlle fast... but you can already recognize   many of them.  Then, put the mouse pointer on each blank circle :

you will read the name of the part of the body...

and you'll hear its pronunciation too  :-)


You can also revise the

VOCABULARY of the main parts of the FACE / HEAD

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4 octobre 2010 1 04 /10 /octobre /2010 21:21

London : the Tube workers on strike


The workers in London's Tube have literally jammed the Tube system with a one-day strike. As about 3.5 million people a day use the London Tube, each day of strike costs the city £47,355,000 (=75 million dollars)  the London Chamber of Commerce estimates. Commuters are crowding buses and overrunning the remaining operating service.


The Tube workers are opposing plans to cut some 800  ticket office jobs.  "The past week or so has seen labor strikes across Europe, as governments there make deep cuts in spending to make up for increasing deficits." NPR news say.


The Tube, or underground, is the British for the U.S. "subway" : a train circulating underground, especially in large cities. Paris' underground is named the  "Métro".


First, why is it called the "Tube" ? The answer is quite easy : this nickname comes from the nearly circular tube-like tunnels through which the small profile trains travel. The photograph below shows a northbound Northern Line train leaving a tunnel mouth just north of Hendon Central station :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Why_London_Underground_is_nicknamed_The_Tube.jpgPhoto and caption by Spsmiler, in the Public Domain

                  A few key facts and figures : 

click on ^^^ the above photo

You'll also find a history of the London underground in this Simple English Wikipedia article :

... and here, you'll get the  >>> London Transport Museum

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3 octobre 2010 7 03 /10 /octobre /2010 18:40

From 3 to 14 October, the Commonwealth Games

are held in Dehli -India



A tiger is the mascot of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Here, you can see Shera on a stamp.

"DELHI, Oct 3 – Prince Charles opened the 19th Commonwealth Games on Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in a spectacular opening ceremony that evoked the cultures and traditions of ancient and modern India.  It is the first time India has hosted the Games and only the second time the event has been held in Asia, after Kuala Lumpur in 1998. [...]"


In the video-clip below, you can see the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games started in October... 2009 !

Watch the route the Baton needs to travel to reach its final destination : Dehli. [00'26"]


Dehli's Commonwealth Games ^^^ facts & figures  


Click on the photo to view...

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Cameras/thumb_camera_lens.pngCommonwealth Games photos on the BBC website.

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1 octobre 2010 5 01 /10 /octobre /2010 22:03


As usual, the VAMPIRES page on Michelle Henry's precious  website  provides  you  numerous  resources...  but    not   the   ones    I'm recommending   now   (I've   just   checked :-) : "Bloody Vampires !"  displays a  brief  webography  which includes  the 5 articles / hilarious video / graph parody that I've been selecting today...  I do hope you'll enjoy them !

"Stephen  King  explains  how  to  make  vampires   'scary again' "


  [...] "Here's what vampires shouldn't be : pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night ; lovelorn southern gentlemen ; anorexic teenage girls ; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire.  "What should they be ? Killers, honey."  [...]  from                    'The Guardian' - September 30, 2010      


Many teachers have had their students study "Twilight", "Dracula", "Interview with a vampire" or other 'vampire stories'... and the students did enjoy the subject ! Here are a few articles on this fad for vampire stories, be they books or films. I think these articles are quite interesting... hope you'll enyoy them as much as I did ;o)

 "Vampires Suck - Actually, They don't. And That's the Problem" 

by Grady Hendrix - on Slate (July 28, 2009)



"Vampire Literature : the Crisis of Being Human"

October 31, 2009 - fro'Battleofideas' website



"Why Vampires Never Die"

from the 'New York Times' - OpEd by G. Del Toro & C. Hogan (July 30, 2009)



 "University  Conference  Sinks  its  Teeth  into  Vampire Fiction" 

  A university lecturer hopes the undead can liven up English literature for the 'Twilight' generation.

from 'The Guardian' (April 6, 2010)
And if you can't stand them any more... have a good laugh with this funny trailer from "Vampires sucks" -a parody  film :

As English teachers  write  rather academic English I  wonder  whether  I ought to let such a film title show up here...  just joking, for the film is too funny not to mention it   



Eventually click on this graph to view one of the latest vampire novelists's know-how 


There is a small spelling mistake in this bar chart : it is in the bars caption : can you find it ?!


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1 octobre 2010 5 01 /10 /octobre /2010 21:50


Watch the video and recap the main pieces of information :

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