Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres
fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc-
viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi
qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
What For ?
Variety's on this English menu : have fun practising ! ~~~ Progresse en anglais au fil des divers articles et supports :-)
These videos present two women writers' vision of creativity in writing...
Elizabeth GILBERT is an American journalist and writer (a memoirist, a short story writer and novelist). In this TED talk, the author "muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius." I discovered TED talks about 2 years ago (you really ought to have a go -if you don't know TED's yet!) Last year I was dazzled by GILBERT's limpid speech : I do like to watch it from time to time for I consider it both funny and pretty moving.
Most of English High School teachers in France have already heard of Amy TAN ... if not studied excerpts from her novels in English textbooks. Here, she reviews both her childhood in quite a surprising and funny way... "and into the worlds of physics and chance, [she looks] for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending."
This Muppets' Pledge of Alliance parodies the US :
Though the animation may look rather childish, it's full of history data. Try and answer these questions : 1) What are the three notions Sam the Eagle points out at the beginning of his speech ? 2) Which symbols of the American civilization & history can you see behind the Muppet band (name at least 2 of them) ?
That's Philip George Zimbardo's message. The American social psychologist has studied time perspective and how it affects our work, health and well-being. The 10-minute animation below is part of a talk he gave at the RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) :
It might give food for thought about education as well ;o)
The animated picture below is based on a clip that promotes going to a movie theaterrather 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)
amovie 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 ?''