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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 ?!
To make your English more authentic
you also need to use typical English phrases, sayings... idioms.
For instance, most of you know that when in France "Il pleut des cordes" -i.e. "It's raining ropes"- the British would rather say "It's raining cats and dogs" !
Since it's still Easter, eggs are still on the menu today : I've prepared a worksheet presenting a few phrases and idioms that include the word "egg" : practise with 2 brief activities !
Just click on the above ^^ picture to get the worksheet
Egg rolling, or an Easter egg roll
is a traditional game played with eggs at Easter. The versions of this game vary from one country to another, and they are traditionnally played with hard-boiled decorated eggs.
Here's a photo of the White House Egg Rolling...
... in 1929 ! (1)
Click on the White^^ House in the background :
you'll get more details on the egg roll tradition.
By the way, an "egg roll" or a "pancake roll" is the Americans name of a "spring roll" : it is "a savoury Chinese pancake which is rolled up, filled with small pieces of vegetables and sometimes meat and fried" (from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary online )
(1) Picture from the Public Domain
One of Easter traditions is hiding eggs in the garden...
for the kids to find them out. Easter is also the opportunity to decorate them and put them in a basket.
This amazing one was perforated with a dentist's drill.
dentist's drill = an instrument used by dentists to treat teeth
more generally, drills are used to make holes
(1) : Photo from the Public Domain
On Wednesday I told you about the difference between adjectives ending in -ed and adjectives ending in -ing.
As for vocabulary, there are different ways of learning new words or phrases.
For example, you can "organise" them visually, and classify them like a sort of word web (it is also named a 'mind map').
Sometimes I draw some in class, on the board, while brainstorming vocabulary with you :o)
Click on the ^^^ puzzle
to get an example.
Watch the mind map I've just made with words and phrases
derived from the word 'puzzle' :o)
Children who blog, text or use social networking websites are more confident about their writing skills, according to the
National Literacy Trust
"The more forms of communications children use, the stronger their core literary skills."
Jonathan Douglas (N.L.T.) says
last updated Thursday, 3 December 2009
^ it's here !
"[...] "Our research suggests a strong correlation between kids using technology and wider patterns of reading and writing," Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, told BBC News. "Engagement with online technology drives their enthusiasm for writing short stories, letters, song lyrics or diaries."
Mr Douglas dismissed criticisms about the informal writing styles often adopted in online chat and "text speak", both of which can lack grammar and dictionary-correct spelling. [...]"
- ING - ED adjectives
Many English adjectives qualifying emotion/feeling are formed from the -ed and -ing forms of the corresponding verb.
If something is puzzling, it provokes a reaction : it acts on you.
When you are puzzled, you react to something puzzling (someoneor something else has provoked your reaction : you are passive).
Click >>> HERE
to view tables that include verbs expressing positive and negative feelings / the corresponding adjectives and nouns..
Click on the computer <<<
to practise with an MCQ !
"History of the Internet"
Here's s an animated documentary that presents the inventions of the web : from time-sharing to filesharing... from Arpanet to the Internet !
Animation by Melih Bilgil
(the video's not always 'fluent' -couldn't manage to fix this so far)