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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
27 septembre 2010 1 27 /09 /septembre /2010 22:15

You've already watched a video

showing what procrastination is...

Let's see if you've understood the main idea :

watch this alternative video and list what the man does to procrastinate !

I'll start :

procrastination is doodling all around a blank sheet of paper...

it's sharpening one's colour pencils...

it's...  [your turn !]

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26 septembre 2010 7 26 /09 /septembre /2010 19:39

This timeline shows social media aren't that new...

Some of these "technologies that facilitate conversations"

already existed 30 years ago !

http://content.attentionscan.com/uploaded_images/social_media_timeline-779402.jpgClick on the illustration  ^^^

to view the full-size timeline

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25 septembre 2010 6 25 /09 /septembre /2010 15:28

From the 1830's to nowadays, this graphic focuses on the cars designed and created to be powered by electricity only :  http://blog.infographicworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/05.04.10_ev_history_WM-456x1024.jpg

click ^^^ on the picture

to view the full-size graphic.

Here you are shown the main steps in the history of electric cars : their internal combustion engine is replaced with electric motors.

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25 septembre 2010 6 25 /09 /septembre /2010 14:49

The Most Widely Spoken Languages in the world & the countries they are spoken in

I know the illustration below looks like a map of London tube ... but  actually, it shows the most widely spoken languages in the world and the countries where people speak them :

if you click on the map below,http://www.pstranslation.co.uk/images/ps-translation-languages.jpg

you'll find out English is the 2nd most widely spoken language (329,000,000 speakers worldwide -it's pictured yellow). Chinese is the first one (825,000,000 speakers worldwide - grey) and Spanish comes third (328,000,000 speakers worldwide - blue)

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25 septembre 2010 6 25 /09 /septembre /2010 11:00


I guess all teachers are interested in getting effective ways of visualizing, understanding and learning information better.

As for me diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps or any other  visual 'tool' that may help students to improve their language skills might do... provided it is specifically adapted to their needs. These are pictures that illustrate ideas, to get them to plainly visualise what they need to discover, understand and learn  : thus infographics are now smart tools we can select, adapt, create... so as to use them at their best ;o)

Here is a recent talk David McCandless gave at TED Global Oxford about his passion for data visualization and information design : not only did it generate many smiles in a rainy afternoon, but it also confirmed this viewpoint  of mine. 

"McCandless and his cadre of info designers take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no less important trends in pop music. McCandless' genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data  -the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here-  as in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other." from 'TED Ideas worth spreading'

Besides... most of my students find these 'visuals'

quite aesthetic  -and so do I !

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23 septembre 2010 4 23 /09 /septembre /2010 17:33

This infographic enables you to visualise various social media

and their impact in our modern life :

Click on ^^^ the picture above

to get the full-size illustration

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22 septembre 2010 3 22 /09 /septembre /2010 20:56


"Everybody deserves the chance to benefit from the cultural and economic advantages language skills can bring. Learning languages also helps to develop tolerance and understanding between people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds." say Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer and the European Commissioner Viviane Reding.

           The 10th European Day of Languages is                              on Sunday 26, 2010 !

               WHAT is it ?            WHO is it FOR












Knowledge of English in Europe  (1)


Knowledge of German  (2)













                                Knowledge of Italian (3)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/Knowledge_of_Spanish_EU_map.svg/572px-Knowledge_of_Spanish_EU_map.svg.pngKnowledge of Spanish











                                                       Knowledge of French (5) 


Details of the 5 maps in Wikipedia "Languages of the European Union" article.

(1)  by NuclearVacuum under CC BY-NC-SA Unported license  / (2) by HernauMan, in the Public Domain  /  (3), (4) by Té y Kriptonita, in the Public Domain / (5) by Addicted04, in the Public Domain  

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21 septembre 2010 2 21 /09 /septembre /2010 22:05

 President Obama speaks to members and guests at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Award Gala in Washington, D.C.

Go to 21'38" and listen to the President's conclusion : it describes an ideal America.

"[...] So let me close by saying this : long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples.  To British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land. We didn’t always get along.  But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together - what made us all Americans - was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. 

It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights:  life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      That’s what makes us unique.  That’s what makes us strong.  The ability to recognize our common humanity; to remember that in this country, equality and opportunity are not just words on a piece of paper, they’re not just words in the mouths of politicians - they are promises to be kept.

      And that is our calling now : to keep those promises for the next generation.  No matter which way the political winds shift, I will stand with you for that better future.  And if you stand with me, and if we remember that fundamental truth - that divided we fall, but united we are strong, and out of many, we are one - then you and I will finish what we have started.  We will make sure that America forever remains an idea and a place that’s big enough and bold enough and brave enough to accommodate the dreams of all our children and all our people for years to come.  Si, se puede !

Thank you.   God  bless  you, and  God  bless  the  United  States  of  America.  Thank  you !"


Video and transcript from the White House website

(Public Domain)

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21 septembre 2010 2 21 /09 /septembre /2010 19:56

Here is a presentation I've just found, about Norman Rockwell's life :



Thanks to Amélie Sivert, the colleague who made this presentation :o)

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16 septembre 2010 4 16 /09 /septembre /2010 20:33

... 390 years ago :

the Mayflower was a ship

On her first voyage she travelled to the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts (U.S.A.). The ship left England in July of 1620, but turned around twice because Speedwell (the ship it was travelling with) was  leaking. She finally left on September 16 of the same year, leaving the Speedwell behind.


The ship carried 102 men, women and children, who lived in the dark, damp, cold cargo decks below the crew's quarters. Many of them died on the voyage.

After over two months at sea, the English colonists arrived at Cape Cod on November 11. A few weeks later, they sailed up the coast to Plymouth, and started to build their town. They lived on the ship for a few more months, rowing to shore to build houses in the day, and returning to the ship at night. Many people began to get very sick from the cold and the wet. About half the people on the Mayflower died that first winter from common illnesses (colds, coughs and fevers...).

In March of 1621,  there were enough houses for everyone to live on land and the Mayflower returned to England on April 5. In 1623, a year after Christopher Jones (master of the Mayflower) died, the ship was probably dismantled (taken apart) for firewood in England. [ adapted from Simple English Wikipedia  ]   


Usually you use the pronoun "he" for a boy/man, "she" for a girl/woman, and "it" to name items, and inanimate beings (as animals). But for the word 'ship', you use "she"

Illustration : "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall (1882) -photo in the Public Domain

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