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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.

https://padlet.com/embed/uf71cf44t3u5

  • Basics

Temps et aspects

Temps (représentations graphiques)

Verbes irréguliers classés

Affixes

Reported speech verbs

  • 2018 in review

2018 according to…

The Atlantic.

Time Magazine

The New Yorker

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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
language?”

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  • Unions and lobbies

– The presentation about unions and lobbies.

  • Justice in the Anglophone world
  • Brexit

You can keep up to date on this page from the Irish Times.

An infographics by Le Monde.

  • Space exploration

A timeline about the main steps in the Chinese and American space programmes (Financial Times).

The audio about SpaceX and the shuttle Crew Dragon we listened to.

  • Practice

EC LV2 – 2018-2019

Here are the documents I have referred you to as well as additional documents that may interest you for the first semester.

  • Patriotism in the US

The highlights of the four main speeches:

Joe Biden:

Barack Obama and George W. Bush:

Meghan McCain:

  • Reproductive rights

– Joss Whedon’s video in defense of planned parenthood:

– Interactive maps about abortion laws in the US, from The Guardian.

– A recap about abortion laws by John Oliver and his show about CPCs.

– The powerpoint presentation: Reproductive Rights

  • The American political system

– Audio practice: Can the sitting president be indicted (NPR)

The powerpoint presentation: The American political system and the infographics:

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The American political system in a nutshell
  • Justice in the US and in the UK

– Felony Disenfranchisement (Last Week Tonight):

– The powerpoint presentation about justice in the US and in the UK.

  • The FAANGtastic Five

Meet the FAANGs (slideshow)

Vocabulary

  • Indigenous peoples

– The powerpoint presentation about indigenous peoples.

  • Religion in the Anglophone world

– The very short slideshow about religion in the US.

– Last Week Tonight about televangelism (2015):

– The video from the NY Times about Evangelicals (2018):

  • LGBT+ rights

– The presentation about LGBT+ rights

– A document about the Stonewall Inn riots.

  • Unions and lobbies

– The presentation about unions and lobbies.

  • The US Constitution

– The NPR radio hour about free speech.

– The presentation about the US Constitution.

  • Brexit

– The presentation about Brexit (13 March 2019)

– The recap made by the Irish Times to keep up to date.

– A very interesting article about how the UK lost the Brexit battle. (from Politico)

– An infographics by Le Monde.

  • Space exploration

– A timeline about the next steps in China’s and the US’s space programmes.

– An audio about the Chinese Moon Landing.

  • India

– The presentation about India.

– The audio we listened to (anti-satellite missile)

  • Economic crises
A collaborative timeline
  • Multiculturalism

– The presentation about multiculturalism in the English-speaking world.

  • Practice

Practice 1

Practice 2

EC2 LV1 – 2018-2019

Here are the documents I have referred you to as well as additional documents that may interest you for the first semester.

  • Patriotism in the US

The highlights of the four main speeches:

Joe Biden:

Barack Obama and George W. Bush:

Meghan McCain:

  • The American political system

– “Can the sitting president be indicted?” (NPR, Aug. 22nd)

lawmaking-proce_32473970

– The American political system (ppt) + (lawmaking, click to enlarge) + gerrymandering patterns.

  • Reproductive rights

– The presentation: Reproductive Rights.

– John Oliver on abortion laws in the US and CPCs.

– Joss Whedon’s videoclip to support Planned Parenthood against Donald Trump’s threats to defund it:

– Interactive maps about abortion laws in the US, from The Guardian.

  • Extremism in the political landscape

Rudy Giuliani and “truth isn’t truth” (NPR)

– The powerpoint presentation about extremism in the political landscape.

Do you know your political systems? Try your hand at this Merriam Webster quiz 🙂

  • Indigenous peoples

– The powerpoint presentation about indigenous peoples

  • Religion in the Anglophone world

– The very short slideshow about religion in the US

– Last Week Tonight about televangelism (2015):

– The video about Evangelicals and how they became so powerful:

  • Justice in the US and in the UK

– The presentation about justice in the US and in the UK

– A document about the reform of the American penitentiary system which is currently under way.

  • LGBT+ rights

– The presentation about LGBT+ rights

– A document about the Stonewall Inn riots.

  • Unions and lobbies

– The presentation about unions and lobbies.

  • The US Constitution

– The NPR radio hour about free speech.

– The presentation about the US Constitution.

  • The special relationship

– The recap about the special relationship:

  • Brexit

– The presentation about Brexit (13 March 2019)

– The recap made by the Irish Times to keep up to date.

– A very interesting article about how the UK lost the Brexit battle. (from Politico)

– An infographics by Le Monde.

  • Space exploration

– A timeline about the next steps in China’s and the US’s space programmes.

– The audio document we listened to.

  • The economic crisis

– A timeline made by LV2 students about the main crises.

  • Preparation for the orals

Practice 1

Practice 2

ECS1LV2_Holidays stuff

Hello everyone!

(Note: to intrude into/on)

A last post to give you some useful links for the summer and eventually next year:

  • The Padlet I told you about.
  • The links to this year’s subjects:
  • Advice:
    • Translate again the texts you were given this year
    • Read the news in English
    • Read to have a good time and watch TV series/movies without subtitles if possible and with English subtitles if not.
  • new Here is translation practice to get back on track before the first test of the year (Sat. 8th).

Bibliography and useful resources

Hello everyone!

Here are some books, websites, magazines, etc. you can have a look at if you want to keep in touch with what is happening in the (English-speaking) world, if you want to know more about society or if you just want to practise your English. And don’t forget to rest to be ready for next year 😉

Enjoy the holidays! 🙂

Current affairs

  • Magazines and newspapers

America (French magazine)

Courrier International (French)

TIME magazine

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The New Yorker

The Atlantic

The Guardian

The Economist

Slate

Vox (technology company that produces media, aims to explain the news, left leaning)

Ars Technica (mainstream subjects mostly but some political and economic subjects too)

CityLab (subjects related to life in cities)

  • Literature (historical knowledge: H, Civilization: C)

(C) ATWOOD, Margaret, The Handmaid’s Tale (+ TV series)

(H) ORWELL, George, Animal Farm

  • Economics and social studies

60-second adventures in economics (A series of 6 short video presentations about the most basic principles of macroeconomics by the Open University. Interesting to learn basic vocabulary on the matter.)

What the social progress index reveals about your country (an interesting TED talk)

“What’s going on in this graph”: a way for you to practice your statistical literacy (by the NYT).

The Observatory of Economic Complexity by the MIT

Country profile sheets by the BBC

Data USA: a database about the US in general

Pantheon by the MIT: a database about how culturally famous countries are.

The Migration Observatory by Oxford University

The Balance (crunching facts about the US economy)

The United States

  • Books

WOODWARD, Colin, American Nations

ZINN, Howard, A People’s History of the United States

WIEGAND, Steve, U.S. History for Dummies

BOYER, Paul S., American History: A Very Short Introduction

  • Literature (historical knowledge: H, Civilization: C)

(H) LEE, Harper, To Kill a Mockingird

(H) STOCKETT, Kathryn, The Help

(H) DOS PASSOS, John, The U.S.A Trilogy (The 42nd Parallel, 1919, The Big Money)

(H) FITZGERALD, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby

(H) SINCLAIR, Upton, The Jungle

(C) GAIMAN, Neil, American Gods

(C+H) SHETTERLY, Margot Lee, Hidden Figures

The United Kingdom

  • Books

CANNADINE, David, Class in Britain

MORGAN, Kenneth O., The Oxford History of Britain

LANG, Sean, British History for Dummies

  • Literature (historical knowledge: H, Civilization: C)

(C) SHAW, George, Bernard, Pygmalion (+ movie My Fair Lady)

(C) BENNETT, Alan, The Uncommon Reader

 Translation

Translate again the texts that you translated this year + the sentences that you had to translate in The Big Picture + the texts that were chosen for the actual exams.
GRELLET, Françoise, Initiation au thème anglais

GRELLET, Françoise, Initiation à la version anglaise