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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
5 avril 2010 1 05 /04 /avril /2010 22:24

First, click on the picture below

to open your worksheet : 



... then, watch the video clip step by step : you must follow the instructions on your worksheet !

You'll need to stop the video now and then, before continuing to answer the questions  !

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5 avril 2010 1 05 /04 /avril /2010 18:18

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

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4 avril 2010 7 04 /04 /avril /2010 20:13

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

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4 avril 2010 7 04 /04 /avril /2010 14:57

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.


easter-perforated-egg.jpg (1)

  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

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2 avril 2010 5 02 /04 /avril /2010 22:17


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)

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1 avril 2010 4 01 /04 /avril /2010 18:57


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

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Souris_ordinateur.png/800px-Souris_ordinateur.pngan article from the BBCnews website Zoe Kleinman, Technology reporter

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. [...]"

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31 mars 2010 3 31 /03 /mars /2010 15:17

- 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 !

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30 mars 2010 2 30 /03 /mars /2010 11:36
French people use the word "puzzle" as
an equivalent to 'jigsaw puzzle' :o)

Indeed, the French use the anglicism 'puzzle'
to name what you see below : most of you know only this meaning...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Puzzle-piece.jpg                                                                                                                         (1)
... thus, you started asking yourselves questions about the meaning of the word in yesterday's exercise. As a matter of fact, "puzzle" can have different meanings, and it can also be part of several grammar categories.

It can also be a verb, as in : The behaviour of the witness puzzled Detective Moore, who hadn't expected him to tell the truth...
to get the English VERB DEFINITIONhttp://www.openclipart.org/image/250px/svg_to_png/jean_victor_balin_book.png
You "puzzle over" when you try to understand something... but "puzzling over something" may also mean that you've been mystified, confused by it (then, you're amazed at it).
And if  you "puzzle out" something,  you solve a problem, find a solution or decode an enigma :o) 

The word 'puzzle' can also be related to adjectives .
someone or something is  "puzzling", he/it  is "difficult to explain or to understand".
On the other hand, when you get "puzzled", you are "confused because you do not understand something".

 To conclude, here's a short video illustrating
another meaning of the word "puzzle"  :
... and the solution is in here :
             ^^^ just click
(1) : photo licensed CC BY-SA by  CrazyPhunk
Quoted definitions are taken from the
Cambridge Advanced Learner's online dictionary
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29 mars 2010 1 29 /03 /mars /2010 15:08

"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)

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29 mars 2010 1 29 /03 /mars /2010 09:31
MARCH 21 : Obama addresses
the Immigration Marchers
Immigration remains a topical issue for the U.S.A. and it is also part of their history. Today, no matter how multicultural the States may be, this topical issue is sometimes still a burning issue,


topical issue ( sujet d'actualité)
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