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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 ?!
Prepositions : 14 common mistakes...
click on the infographic below to get useful tips on how to choose the suitable preposition :
grammar.net website displays a wide range of nice infographics to help you improve your language use : definitely worth a visit... have a try :-)
The infographic below displays texting characteristics and explains how language evolutions may be related to texting.
You [ought to...] regularly revise irregular verbs lists : they're either alphabetical or morphologically-based....
Thanks to J-M. Chavance who created this document,
which is licensed under a CC BY-SA
To describe and analyse a photo...
... you also need to specify the angle taken by the photographer : it often shows his/her intention : what does he/she want to focus our attention on ? Which particular side of the picture does he/she want to highlight ?
The series of shots above ⇑ displays various camera angles, sizes and movements.
You'll find some explanations here , <<
especially as for camera shot sizes : CU is the shortened from for "close-up" (= the French "gros plan") for example...
This series of animations humorously relates the "History of English"
These Free Open Learning videos were created by the Open University
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ANGLO-SAXON or "Whatever happened to the Jutes ?"
The NORMAN CONQUEST or "Excuse my English"
SHAKESPEARE or "A plaque on both his houses"
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The KING JAMES BIBLE or "Let there be light reading"
The English of SCIENCE or "How to speak with gravity"
English & EMPIRE or "The sun never sets on the English language"
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The age of the DICTIONARY or "The definition of a helpless task"
"AMERICAN English or Not English, but somewhere in the ballpark"
INTERNET English or "Language reverts to type"
GLOBAL English or "Whose language is it, anyway ?"
All of them are licensed by the Open University
The questions below might help improve speaking in public skills (for instance, speaking in front of your own class/teacher/examiner...). In "King George VI" the speaking difficulties arose from Bertie's stammering...
The video below gets you to view the King's speechES : the film's speech, and the real one.
Could both speeches be synchronised ? If you compare both audio tracks, you'll hear (and see !) that the film crew did a great job :
"The wondrous openness of the mind of a child"
"Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world." Not only is her talk most interesting, but it is also humorous :
Co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Patricia Kuhl works on early language and brain development : her worldwide recognised studies show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.