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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?”

EC LV2 – 2018-2019 (1)

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:

lawmaking-proce_32473970

  • 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):

EC2 LV1 – 2018-2019 (1)

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)

– The American political system (ppt) + lawmaking-proce_32473970 (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:

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).

ECS_Some books

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

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)

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

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

(H) ORWELL, George, Animal Farm

  • Economics

new 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.)

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

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

GRELLET, Françoise, Initiation au thème anglais

GRELLET, Françoise, Initiation à la version anglaise

2nde_Street art

Hello everyone!

Here is the correction for the gapfill:

Shepard Fairey on street art

Do you think that street art and graffiti and everything you do, does it still have the same kind of subversive message that it might have had say 20 or 30 years ago?

I think that doing something that’s illegal is always an act of defiance so if you, you know, you know the Marshall McLuhan, “the medium is the message”, it is an act of defiance that’s subversive and rebellious. But I think that it should be more than that. I think that there should be some ideas expressed and sometimes it can be overtly political and sometimes it can be more implicit but um, you know, there are a lot of people that think, “Oh, it’s a good path to building or following for my fine art.” And there isn’t anything really provocative about it and that’s OK. I think that art in public space is a good thing but, you know, I would like to see the, you know, the connection between, you know, activism and street art be, you know, something that develops further and it doesn’t just become more of a decorative movement.