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  • EDUCATION : Obama's SPEECH to Arlington students

    09 septembre 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    "This is no picnic for me either, buster !" < < < his mother sometimes told him during extra lessons at... 04:00 a.m. ! S ix-year-old Barack's mother left Hawaïï to work in Jakarta (Indonesia). She couldn't afford to send him to school, because it was...

  • CNN live. . . on the Internet

    11 septembre 2009 ( #MEDIA )

    Most often, "Cable News Network" is referred to by its initialism : CNN CNN This major American cable news network was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. CNN was the first network to offer a twenty-four seven television news coverage, and the first all-news...

  • Films about American history online

    11 septembre 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcasting television service. This non-profit service gathers 354 TV stations in the U.S.A. : they are its collective owners. PBS east coast headquarters are in Alexandria (Virginia). "American...

  • Henry VIII and Hampton Court Palace

    13 septembre 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    Hampton Court Palace was started building in 1514 for Cardinal Wolsey I told you about this palace on your latest English lesson... that's why I'd really like you to see what Hampton Court looks like :o) In the beginning, Cardinal Wolsey was one of Henry...

  • On September 10. . .

    10 septembre 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    What happened on September 10 ? In 1939 . . . Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII -the first and only time Canada has declared war on another country on its own. < < < Click on Canada to learn more about it In 1963. . . Twenty black students...

  • Advertising school supplies : irony ON

    02 septembre 2009 ( #ADVERTISING )

    "It's the most wonderful time of the year"... and it's today ! ... though some fathers seem to enjoy it much more than their kids ! Except when otherwise mentioned any part of this blog is licensed under the / Sauf mention contraire partie ou totalité...

  • How to... WRITE A DIALOGUE

    16 octobre 2011 ( #METHODS : "How to..." )

    RECAP SHEET : How to write a DIALOGUE The students who aim at writing a dialogue may find some help in the RECAP sheet I've just put online : click on the PDF logo... ... and brush up the main rules you need to bear in mind when you write dialogues in...

  • Tck tck tck... it's time for climate justice !

    01 octobre 2009 ( #A little bit of EVERYTHING )

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan refuses possible failure... ... by world leaders to reach a global agreement on fighting climate change at UN talks in Copenhagen in December . Last Thursday, Annan was at Descartes University in Paris to promote...

  • Al Gore's humourous address

    05 octobre 2009 ( #CLIMATE - the ENVIRONMENT )

    Speech at T.E.D.'s -Technology, Entertainment, Design (1) The former vice-president of the U.S.A. (also film-'star' of "An inconvenient truth") suggests 15 possible ways of reducing climate change... now ! The man who called himself the "former future...

  • "Mary & Max" -an animated feature film

    30 septembre 2009 ( #CinemA-RT )

    "Mary & Max" was released in January, 2009 in the U.S.A. (today, it's being released in France ) Mary Dinkle is a chubby eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne. Max Horovitz is an obese Jewish man 44 years old who lives in New York. The...

  • What happened on October 17...

    17 octobre 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    ... 1989 ? A powerful earthquake -which lasted 15 seconds- shook San Francisco : the epicentre of the quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale.Tremors from the quake were reported 400 miles away in Los Angeles and 200 miles away in Reno (Nevada). There...

  • Linus & 'the Great Pumpkin'

    21 octobre 2009 ( #ANIMATIONS - CARTOONS - COMIC STRIPS )

    Linus blows the class rep' election... ... by telling his schoolmates about the 'Great Pumpkin' during the speech, though he aimed at becoming the class representative (= "délégué" in France). Indeed, Linus is probably the most naive character in "The...

  • The Berlin Wall

    09 novembre 2009 ( #HISTORY - PAST & PRESENT )

    Wikipedia on the Berlin Wall >>> (1) Documentary film "Berlin Wall - Escape for freedom" The film is a bit long -but the trailer lasts about 1 minute and the clearly articulated voice-over makes it easier to understand : give it a try :o) video by factualtv...

  • Stephen King : an extract from the film...

    13 novembre 2009 ( #1ères........... B1 )

    ..."The Langoliers" You are currently studying "The Red-eye flight", an excerpt from Stephen King's novel. "The Langoliers" is one of the four novels gathered in the book "Four past Midnight" (1990). This video is taken from the film based on his novel....

  • "A brief history of the USA" + worksheet

    05 octobre 2011 ( #Terminales... B1 - B2 )

    This 03'15" cartoon is taken from "Bowling for Columbine", Michael Moore's film about gun violence in the U.S.A. & its roots. This animated film was created by the authors of "South Park" (Trey Parker & Matt Stone) . It caricatures the reasons why the...

  • Dogs & Co.

    16 novembre 2009 ( #2ndes.......... B1- - B1 )

    Dogs : parts of the body Today, some of you had to match different words with the various parts of a dog body, on a diagram. Here is another one, with a few other (easy to remember !) words... Now check if you know them all ; then, try to remember which...

  • "Mandela Day" - by the rock band 'Simple Minds'

    22 novembre 2009 ( #Terminales... B1 - B2 )

    As you have been studying an extract from Nelson Mandela's memoirs, I have just added "Mandela Day" in the blog music playlist (go right and scroll down). This song was written by the Scottish group 'Simple Minds' : it was released in their 1988 single...

  • A nice art e-postcard...

    25 novembre 2009 ( #CinemA-RT )

    ... for Thanksgiving :o) Thanksgiving is coming -this year it is on November 26... tomorrow ! For starters, here is a wonderful animated picture by Jackie Lawson : the animal you are going to discover has become one of Thanksgiving symbols... Click on...

  • South Africa's past & present : Steve Biko

    06 décembre 2009 ( #Terminales... B1 - B2 )

    Last month, you studied a passage from Nelson Mandela's autobiography ('Long walk to freedom') : it showed you that Mandela considered the oppressors needed to be liberated as well as the oppressed. The former A.N.C. leader might also have said this :...

  • 50 stars, 50 states : travel with the US flag

    11 décembre 2009 ( #GEOGRAPHY )

    ++ Terminales You have just started analysing a peculiar US flag today... But what are the states corresponding to the 50 stars on the American flag ? Click on the notes and listen to Wakko's little song in "A cartoon to memorize the 50 states"... not...

  • Visualize the population of the US states

    12 décembre 2009 ( #GEOGRAPHY )

    This pie-chart helps you visualize the US states population Mikael Häggström (1) drew it according to the 2008 U.S. Census (1) : He put the illustration in the Public Domain Not only is it useful... but it also looks nice :o) If you want to read the caption...

  • Midnight Oil sings man's pollution

    14 décembre 2009 ( #English is MUSIC... )

    Copenhagen +7 'River Runs Red' "When Midnight Oil released this song (1990), the " world's largest-ever pollution incident, involving the supertanker Exxon Valdez <<< off Alaska's pristine coasts, had [just] sent shockwaves around the world [1989]. Midnight...

  • Brands, consumer behaviour, anti-consumerism... : LINKS

    13 décembre 2009 ( #Terminales... B1 - B2 )

    Here are a few links to help you explore the branding and [anti-]consumerism systems... enjoy your surfing :o) www.adbusters.org The website of the Adbusters Media Foundation : ads and commercials that parody brand culture, and a magazine . www.vam.ac.uk...

  • A Xmas tradition at the White House

    22 décembre 2009 ( #The CULTURE of the ANGLOsphere )

    Gingerbread recipes, gingerbread houses and men are also part of the Xmas holiday traditions Some historians claim Gingerbread Houses date from the early 19th century : "Hansel and Gretel" -a fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers - showed such a house. But...

  • December, 26 : Boxing Day

    26 décembre 2009 ( #The CULTURE of the ANGLOsphere )

    Today is Boxing Day ! Boxing Day is a bank holiday and a public holiday in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, Hong Kong, Jamaica, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and in some countries in the Commonwealth...

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