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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
2 juillet 2010 5 02 /07 /juillet /2010 09:15

The animated picture below is based on a clip that promotes going to a movie theater rather than watching TV at home ! View the short commercial below :

    clip from the Public Domain (the Internet Archive website)

Charmingly outfashioned...  it must be the reason why it looks funny. Besides, given the temperatures out there at the moment, I do agree on their suggestion  :  why not go  to  the cinema ??  It's  so  much  cooler  than your home ;o)


a movie theater = American English for "cinema"

rather than  (plutôt que -de-)

a commercial = an advertisement on TV

outdated = the opposite to 'fashionable', 'trendy', 'in'

Why not + V ? <=>   making a suggestion

ex : "It's Sarah's birthday... why not invite her at the restaurant ?''

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23 juin 2010 3 23 /06 /juin /2010 17:13

A cool animation : this has nothing to do with English, nor

schoolwork ; maybe it's not exactly your favourite kind of music, but...

it's just for you to relax  after the exams :o)

The music -"Comptine d'un autre été : l'après-midi" was composed by a French musician (Yann Tiersen), for a 2001 film : "Amélie Poulain".

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19 juin 2010 6 19 /06 /juin /2010 20:46

Here are grammar handouts


which might help some of you.

Just click on the links below to get recaps about :

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19 juin 2010 6 19 /06 /juin /2010 20:13

The textbook "Insight" includes a few documents to help you revise.

This recap is about the  wordings of your exam : click on the multicolour folder :


Revoir les ^^^ENONCES

Revise your English exam WORDINGS


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18 juin 2010 5 18 /06 /juin /2010 18:29


Education Week : Digital Directions

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Computers/thumb_laptop_glossy.pngClick on the ^^^  laptop picture

to read the article "Educators connect digital games to learning".... A few gripping ideas, indeed ! An excerpt (I underlined some of the text) :

"TIPS :   1. Play a little. To be effective at integrating digital games into learning, teachers should spend time playing games themselves. [...]   4. Rely on students. Many are familiar with digital games, and asking them to share their knowledge can be engaging and empowering.   5. Don't be afraid. For game-based instruction to be successful, teachers have to feel comfortable making mistakes. If teachers avoid new approaches, they will not embrace innovative teaching methods."


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14 juin 2010 1 14 /06 /juin /2010 18:54

World Cup fans: how to blow your own trumpet

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3504/3893281940_ecf879f89f.jpg                                                                               (1)

"Stadium horns  -or vuvuzelas-  require a pucker, lots of puff and some practice, advise experts" : read the article from the Guardian.

Just click on :



(1)  Photo by kjpm, licensed under CC BY-NC

a pucker  (faire la) grimace, la moue, plisserr les lèvres

require = (here) need

puff (souffle)

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11 juin 2010 5 11 /06 /juin /2010 21:55

Today, the FIFA World Cup started in Cape Town

That's why you'll find data and information about  -no, not football !-  South-Africa :o)

   To begin with, here's the South-African national anthem :   thumb a funny music note-copie-1





national anthem = a country's official song which is played and/or sung

on public occasions

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8 juin 2010 2 08 /06 /juin /2010 20:44

  It's Etienne's turn now...



Click  >>>    


        on the blurred   picture... 


and you'll find out !   



blurred (picture) = indistinct (picture)

(1)  by Photo by Pete Abshton, licensed under CC BY-NC


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8 juin 2010 2 08 /06 /juin /2010 14:22

A few students are telling you

about their favourite hobby...


First, Jeanne :                           


               <<<  click


            on the picture...

             and discover what she is


      keen on !



(1) : Watercolour by Edith Hultzsch - licensed under CC BY-ND-NC

watercolour (painting) = a painting made adding water to paint

be keen on = be fond of

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5 juin 2010 6 05 /06 /juin /2010 18:27


+ B2 & above

  "Internet cafes close ahead of exams in China"


BEIJING (AP)   --    Teenagers  tempted by  computer  games  when

they should be studying for the national college entrance  exam  this

month won't have  anywhere  to  escape  to in central China, where

Internet cafes have closed.

High  school  seniors  gearing  up  for the massive national college

entrance  exams  in Linchuan in China's central province of Jiangxi

have  been able to focus only  on studying now that all of the  town's

Internet cafes have closed, said an official with the Linchuan culture

affairs bureau, who  refused to give his  name  as  is  common with

Chinese officials.

"During  this  critical period,  our  goal  is  to create  an  educational

society for students that is free of distractions," the official said.

"Besides Internet cafes, there's not much else in town the kids can

waste time with."

Each  year, millions  of  students  take  the  two-day  test   on a wide

range of subjects, which is  the sole  determinant of their  entry into

university. Only about 25 percent  of them get into university and the

vast  majority  of  those  who don't  make the cut go straight into the

work force.

This year, about 9.5 million students are expected to take the exam

on June 7 and 8, a slight dip from 10.2 million last year, according

to  a  report   posted   on   the   website  of   the   Communist   Party

newspaper People's Daily.

The  immense  pressure  - which  families  share, often   waiting

anxiously  at  hotels  during  exams   - has   prompted   Ministry  of 

Education  officials   to  consider  reforming  the   generations-old


China announced plans earlier this year to allow students to take

subject-specific  tests  and  introduce other measures besides the

exam, such as considering leadership and volunteer experience,

to  ease  the  stress  the  students  undergo  as  they  compete for

coveted spots in colleges.

Cheating is also common during the tests.

More about 2,200 students were caught last year using wireless

mini earplugs and other electronic devices that feed in answers.


      Publication: Associated Press
Article: Internet cafes close ahead of exams in China
  © 2010 Associated Press
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