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26 février 2011 6 26 /02 /février /2011 11:49


In 10 minutes, French Schools from the last holiday 'area' will be on holiday, at last

These French "potato-shaped" cartoon characters by Martin Vidberg are hopefully making both pupils & teachers smile and relax :


From Martin Vidberg's blog



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21 février 2011 1 21 /02 /février /2011 20:06


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world. With Voicethread, you needn't install any software to collect and share group conversations from anywhere in the world : a VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds documents, videos and images. It allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in five different ways : using your voice (microphone/telephone), texts, audio files, video (webcam).


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15 janvier 2011 6 15 /01 /janvier /2011 21:51


English Second Language teaching jargon

includes a great deal of acronyms

  This page...  

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Toys/thumb_abc_blocks.png...displays most of the common ones... hope it will be of some use :o)

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16 décembre 2010 4 16 /12 /décembre /2010 22:27


"British academics fear the government's plans for cuts will have a negative impact on the north of the county and are to unite to fight against the plan.

Principal Mark Silverman has called for MPs support.

"I am concerned at the Department of Education's decision to stop paying Education Maintenance Allowances to 16 to 18-year-olds in July 2011. I have written to the college's local MPs to ask for their support in seeking reconsideration of the matter. The allowance is vital in enabling learners from low income families to stay in full time education."
The Education Maintenance Allowance is between £10 and £30 and is paid to poor 16 to 18-year-olds to enable them to continue their education, afford travel costs, equipment and books."

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12 novembre 2010 5 12 /11 /novembre /2010 21:41


... as helpful tools :o)

Otherwise... they'll just remain mere "powerpoints". By the way, telling about "a powerpoint" just suggests the brand should become the thing :

what d'ya think ?!!

For sure, slideshows themselves are no teaching skills but tools that complete them   -a thorough design makes the difference !

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21 octobre 2010 4 21 /10 /octobre /2010 13:24




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15 octobre 2010 5 15 /10 /octobre /2010 21:29


+ interested B1 & above

Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on network neutrality

manuscript-featherpen-copie-1Click on the manuscript

  "The member states of the Council of Europe have repeatedly expressed their commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights on the Internet. This applies in particular to the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and information regardless of frontiers, the right to respect for private life and correspondence, the right to freedom of thought and religion, the right to freedom of association, the right to education and the right to the protection of property, as well as to related procedural rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. [...]"


Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 29 September 2010
at the 1094th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies

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1 octobre 2010 5 01 /10 /octobre /2010 22:03


As usual, the VAMPIRES page on Michelle Henry's precious  website  provides  you  numerous  resources...  but    not   the   ones    I'm recommending   now   (I've   just   checked :-) : "Bloody Vampires !"  displays a  brief  webography  which includes  the 5 articles / hilarious video / graph parody that I've been selecting today...  I do hope you'll enjoy them !

"Stephen  King  explains  how  to  make  vampires   'scary again' "


  [...] "Here's what vampires shouldn't be : pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night ; lovelorn southern gentlemen ; anorexic teenage girls ; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire.  "What should they be ? Killers, honey."  [...]  from                    'The Guardian' - September 30, 2010      


Many teachers have had their students study "Twilight", "Dracula", "Interview with a vampire" or other 'vampire stories'... and the students did enjoy the subject ! Here are a few articles on this fad for vampire stories, be they books or films. I think these articles are quite interesting... hope you'll enyoy them as much as I did ;o)

 "Vampires Suck - Actually, They don't. And That's the Problem" 

by Grady Hendrix - on Slate (July 28, 2009)



"Vampire Literature : the Crisis of Being Human"

October 31, 2009 - fro'Battleofideas' website



"Why Vampires Never Die"

from the 'New York Times' - OpEd by G. Del Toro & C. Hogan (July 30, 2009)



 "University  Conference  Sinks  its  Teeth  into  Vampire Fiction" 

  A university lecturer hopes the undead can liven up English literature for the 'Twilight' generation.

from 'The Guardian' (April 6, 2010)
And if you can't stand them any more... have a good laugh with this funny trailer from "Vampires sucks" -a parody  film :

As English teachers  write  rather academic English I  wonder  whether  I ought to let such a film title show up here...  just joking, for the film is too funny not to mention it   



Eventually click on this graph to view one of the latest vampire novelists's know-how 


There is a small spelling mistake in this bar chart : it is in the bars caption : can you find it ?!


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25 septembre 2010 6 25 /09 /septembre /2010 11:00


I guess all teachers are interested in getting effective ways of visualizing, understanding and learning information better.

As for me diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps or any other  visual 'tool' that may help students to improve their language skills might do... provided it is specifically adapted to their needs. These are pictures that illustrate ideas, to get them to plainly visualise what they need to discover, understand and learn  : thus infographics are now smart tools we can select, adapt, create... so as to use them at their best ;o)

Here is a recent talk David McCandless gave at TED Global Oxford about his passion for data visualization and information design : not only did it generate many smiles in a rainy afternoon, but it also confirmed this viewpoint  of mine. 

"McCandless and his cadre of info designers take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no less important trends in pop music. McCandless' genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data  -the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here-  as in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other." from 'TED Ideas worth spreading'

Besides... most of my students find these 'visuals'

quite aesthetic  -and so do I !

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30 juillet 2010 5 30 /07 /juillet /2010 10:19


Much less entertaining topics


in  "Shaking the Foundations of Tabloid Journalism",

a subtle though harsh press review

by Ryan Gallagher (July 9, 2010).




where the journalist shows how today's tabloidsconcerns build up a threatening atmosphere, is part of the website :
opendemocracy-logo.jpg^^^  the website 

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