Writing prompts and basics

  • Writing prompts (currently not updated)

Here is a padlet with interesting news items, book excerpts, etc. It will be updated as I discover interesting documents so go back to it regularly!Feel free to choose one of them and write a piece about it that you can hand out to me to be assessed.


  • Basics

Temps et aspects

Temps (représentations graphiques)

Verbes irréguliers classés


Reported speech verbs

  • A decade in review:

The Washington Post

– NPR (American politics, protests, science)

Stories of the decade (NPR) (Snowden)

  • 2019 in review


The New Yorker

The Washington Post

  • 2018 in review

2018 according to…

The Atlantic.

Time Magazine

The New Yorker


Of the use of foreign languages

A mother mouse was taking her large brood for a stroll across the kitchen floor one day when the local cat, by a feat of stealth unusual even for its species, managed to trap them in a corner. The children cowered, terrified by this fearsome beast, plaintively crying, “Help, Mother! Save us! Save us! We’re scared, Mother!”

Mother Mouse, with the hopeless valor of a parent protecting its children, turned with her teeth bared to the cat, towering huge above them, and suddenly began to bark in a fashion that would have done any Doberman proud. The startled cat fled in fear for its life.

As her grateful offspring flocked around her shouting “Oh, Mother, you saved us!” and “Yay! You scared the cat away!” she turned to them purposefully and declared, “You see how useful it is to know a second

Of the arbitrariness of French spelling


  • The presentation about India
  • An article that further develops why Muslims fear that Modi may be about to create a Hindu state (The Economist, 2020)
  • Two short videos about Modi’s India:
What Modi’s reelection means for India (CBSN, 2019)
Modi and the jobless (BBC, 2019)
  • A short audio about India’s economic revolution in the 1990s (Witness, BBC)

Movie corner

Lion, Garth Davis, 2016
Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, 2008
The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson, 2008

Modern times

Job automation
New economic work models
Movie corner
Sorry We Missed You, 2019
Modern times, 1936

Fighting inequalities (welfare and healthcare)

  • The checkpoint about inequalities and welfare in the US and the UK.
  • Audio documents:
    • An interview of Abigail Disney about the reason why she calls for a higher wealth tax (NPR, 2019)
    • A segment about working-class Americans finding it hard to afford housing (NPR, 2019)
    • A segment about falling inequalities worldwide (ABC – Australia, May 2019)
  • Profile of food bank users (source: The Guardian, 2019)
  • A recap about poverty in the UK (The Guardian, 2019), a detailed article here
  •  Welfare:
  • Universal basic income:
    • An article detailing what it is about (The Balance)
    • An article about the results of Finland’s basic income (UBI) experiment (World Economic Forum, 2019)
Movie corner
I, Daniel Blake, 2006

Matters of life and death

  • Matters of life and death: the recap about scientific advances in the field of medicine
  • A reaction to the use of the Alexa feature to determine if people are sick (The Guardian, August 2019)
  • An article about how technological advances could leave poor and disabled people stranded. (The Guardian, May 2019)
  • A list of the new technology that could help disabled people (The Guardian, 2019)
Movie corner
Gattaca, 1997
The Island, 2005