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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 17:12

  17 videos from the Education Portal English Courses

explaining  literary terminology

pen 01

~ PART I ~

This series of  videos display illustrative examples to help you define and use these literary terms.You'll be able to...

- identify terms like 'irony', 'foreshadowing', 'catharsis', 'allegory' (& more) ;

- differentiate closely related literary terms like 'metaphor' and "simile' ;

- use the specific terminology to analyse literary excerpts and works...

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Would lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 12:39

The map below shows about 190 "cinematic attacks" : Hollywood disaster movies have destroyed a great deal of U.S. cities, towns or regions (considering a broad definition of the "disaster" genre) :

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- Monster attacks

- Creature attacks

- Climatic events

- Geologic events

- Infections

- Mankind

   - Alien attacks

   - Space rocks

   - Superhero battles

   - Sharknado (= a tornado made up of sharks...

     up to now, only one has been shot !)...

... are all located on U.S.A. maps -you can also view them all gathered on a unique map.

Besides, you get a list of the pinned films -with their release date, the specific location/city and the approximate location where the disaster took place in the film.

Click the illustration above to get the full article on

theconcourse.deadspin website

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19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /mars /2014 23:03

This flowchart's quite funny, and it's also useful to practise modal auxiliaries (If you like furry tails, you must / you should / you could / you can't...), negative forms (People who can't stand cold blooded animals will not / are not going to /...) -and specific vocabulary too : you can revise and improve it by finding other animals in the same category/species as the ones pictured on the illustration.

Last, but not least, more advanced learners may train their writing skills...

Caldwell Tanner's flowchart pretends (1) dogs are "companions", while cats (or rabbits, hamsters...) are "roommates you have to feed" : do you agree with him ? Why (not) ? Explain your answer and illustrate it with examples :o)

(1)  Beware, "pretend" is a false friend to French learners -check it !

Flowchart created by Caldwell Tanner (currently head illustrator for  collegehumor.com website)

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  The infographic below plainly explains 15 of the common goofs  you happen to make when you write. Scroll down the infographic (be patient, it's quite long) and check if you need to correct some of them.

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17 mars 2014 1 17 /03 /mars /2014 00:01

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St Patrick's  saint patricks day Shamrock Cartoon 4 clip art   Day

 

Let's brush up a few words related to this worldwide famous Irish tradition : check this basic visual vocabulary reminder !

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Focus on this history of the saint patron of Ireland :

Then test your listening comprehension and answer this

  QUIZ (10 questions) 

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Tomorrow -on March 17th, you can also choose some typically Irish recipes, and prepare tasteful surprises for your family and friends : you can find loads of them by searching the Internet.

Some of them are delicious -some others are a pleasure for the eyes as well... Click the picture below to discover the

Luck o' the Irish Brownie

recipe... yummy :o)

http://images.media-allrecipes.com/userphotos/250x250/00/37/44/374452.jpg(it takes 30' to prepare & it's ready in 1h35') 

 

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11 mars 2014 2 11 /03 /mars /2014 20:01

     LEPRECHAUNS

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The name "leprechaun" may have various origins : from the Irish Gaelic word "leipreachan", it means "a kind of aqueous sprite". It also could be from "leath bhrogan", which means "shoemaker. It's the Irish term for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology -comparable to fairies or elves.

Some folk traditions hold that leprechauns are descendants of the Tuatha de Danann. According to the Book of Invasions, when the Milesians came to Ireland they conquered the Tuatha de Danann and forced them to live underground (this connects them to the aes-sidh.

 

FAIRIES & other Irish MYTHS

and LEGENDS :

Click the picture of the fairy :

http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Faeries.jpg

Elementary - A1/A2

Click this dancing leprechaun

http://www.crazywebsite.com/Website-Clipart-Pictures-Videos/Saint-Patricks-Day/Animated-Leprechaun-2mini.gifto practise the prepositions of place

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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 14:20

20 Irish family names

This infographic tells us about the 20 most common Irish family name.

You'll find their meaning, their Latin motto (+ English translation), where in Ireland they are more commonly located, and a few facts about their history and origins... most interesting ! 

 

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The infographic was created "by the people at GoIreland.com" (former #1 accomodation booking engine).

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9 mars 2014 7 09 /03 /mars /2014 16:40

The video displays places and events we currently consider typically British : hence a series of corresponding sounds, such as tea pouring from a tea pot  :o)

"What would be your perfect day in Great Britain ? Where would you go ? And what would you do ? Who would you meet ? And what would you eat ?" You can create "your day exactly as you'd want it" on the "Sounds of Britain" interactive version.
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8 mars 2014 6 08 /03 /mars /2014 10:04

Click below to start the quiz on the BBC website :BBCquiz-womensrights_overblog.jpg

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