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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
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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15 septembre 2010 3 15 /09 /septembre /2010 19:46

Do you live nearby Paris ? ... Lucky you !!  :o)

Vincennes is hosting the fifth    

>>>   F E S T I V A L - A M E R I C A  

on September 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Writers will make you travel throughout Canada, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico and the U.S.A. The Festival America is now famous : it aims at getting you discover and know the cultures of North America, not only through their literature, but also their cinema, photography, dance, music or fine arts.


Have a look at the   

>>>         2010  Programme

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15 septembre 2010 3 15 /09 /septembre /2010 16:43


Click on the photo ^^^                           

to get the vocabulary naming the main elements of a man's head / face.


The photo we used this week is the portrait of a famous British journalist and writer...


Photo in the Public Domain

You asked me who the man was. Well... you must find the answer :o)   [why not use  Wikipedia ?]

Remember the clues I gave you : he was born in the beginning of the 20th century (1903) and wrote a famous novel : "1984". 

Who is he ??

You can write a comment to send me your answer... when you find it !


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11 septembre 2010 6 11 /09 /septembre /2010 15:48

Don't you know what procrastination is ?

  A few examples  :o)

"Sometimes the only way to get something done is

to do two dozen other things first" !

Here is the >>>   transcript of the video 

Worksheet >>>  in process

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10 septembre 2010 5 10 /09 /septembre /2010 20:01

When I watched the film "Inception"...

... indeed, I was impressed with the special effects and the fabulous landscapes : honestly, I can still hear the threatening music leitmotiv playing... Besides, the actors were all pretty good and although the story was complex, it was  fascinating !

I have just found a graphic novel that tells the "Inception" story.


Click on the illustration ^^^ above

(it's a fake poster). This graphic novel looks like

comics : try and read it !


This beautiful poster was created by Jordan A. and licensed under

the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 

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9 septembre 2010 4 09 /09 /septembre /2010 17:06

"Inception" is Dom Cobb's last job :

this time, instead of extracting an idea from someone's dreams,

he will have to instil an idea into a man's dreams

 Matt Sinopoli, a web graphic designer, has designed the 5 levels of inception that the heroes will have to go through to achieve their goal.

  If you haven't seen the film yet, STOP reading and don't watch the illustration : "What follows should only be viewed by people who have already seen "Inception". It contains heavy, critical spoilers which will impact your viewing of the film."  If you've already seen the film... CLICK on the illustration :http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/19643/_1280106601.jpg

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8 septembre 2010 3 08 /09 /septembre /2010 20:32

US Route 66

First, click on the photo to get a short Wikipedia (simple English) article

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e8/Route_66_road_signal.JPG/120px-Route_66_road_signal.JPG                                                                 (1)

Here is >>>  a French radio programme about the Road 66 :

a Geography Professor (Olivier Archambeau - Parix VIII) went there

with two of his students, and made a kind of "geophotographic" tour.

The programme ("Planète Terre") podcast (about 30') shares their voyage and their feelings.

This trip is part of a worldwide project : making an iconographic account of the landscapes and human activities that border the great historic routes in the world.

Today, the audio podcast file's in French... I hope you'll enjoy it !


(1) = Photo under CC BY-SA license, by Fabio Pozzato

(to) be part of = (to) belong

make an account of.... = (here) tell the story of...

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2 septembre 2010 4 02 /09 /septembre /2010 13:19

Hey... I do hope you're not looking like him right now !!

http://www.rcavs.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/1971-7-150x150.jpg (1)

May you  FILL  this  SCHOOL  YEAR






... Wish you a nice school year :o)


(1) : Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith

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1 août 2010 7 01 /08 /août /2010 19:10


& B2+above

  A 07'09" video explains the assets of the Ivy League

now might have become their flaw

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/Q%26D.jpgClick on the photo (1) ^^^

and scroll down to watch the video.

The prestigious Ivy League Colleges (Columbia, Princeton, Harvard...) are used to generating America's elite : from President Obama  -and the First Lady-  to all the judges in the Supreme Court, now. This exclusive educational system is meant to give birth to nearly cloned and moulded winners : a system that's more and more criticized by the Americans. To such an extent, that learning from failure... starts being taught there !

Sylvie Laurent, a French senior lecturer -and an America specialist-  teaching in Paris 'Sciences Po', decodes the Ivy League : though she speaks French the document sounds interesting  :-)


(1) Photo of Cornell University by Cornellian24  -released in the Public Domain.

Cornell  belongs to the Ivy League : it is in Ithaca -New York-

and was founded in 1865. Your can see ivy   covering part of its buildings...

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