• All over the world everybody has been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela since Thursday evening when he died. Here is a link to a South African website dedicated to this great man.

    http://madiba.mg.co.za/

     

    On the first page, you'll find links to many articles published since Mandela's death, but if you click on "life and times" you'll find an interesting chronology of the main events in Mandela's life. Then click on "M&G and Madiba", and you'll be able to read ancient articles from the Mail&Gardian. The next tab, "tributes", will take you to a page on which you will be able to leave your own tribute, finally the last tab, Multimedia, will offer you a choice of videos.

    The title of this post and "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." are two wise and accurate quotes by Mandela.


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  • 2014 will be a great year ! 

    Do you know why? 

    Because in May the first European Week will take place in your school. Everyone can take part in this event and it doesn't even have to be in English. Throughout this school year I will keep you informed about the different events that will be organised.

    To start with there is a PHOTO CONTEST. You've been to Belgium, England, Germany, Italy or any other European country lately and you've made funny, amazing, beautiful or moving pictures of the daily life there, well, then, you are ready to take part in this contest. To know more about it, read this information:

     

    LISTEN UP !

     

    This is a unique opportunity to prove you are creative, open-minded and European-minded. Go to the school library now and ask any question this flyer has not answered.

     

     


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  • Advent has started. Traditionally children get a special calendar in which they find a new surprise every day until, at last, it's Christmas and then they'll find their Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. A journalist, Rebecca Davies, has imagined a new kind of Advent Calendar. In the Chilren's Book Blog, hosted by the Independent, a British newspaper, she will publish an article about a new book every day. She'll talk mainly about children's books telling stories about winter or Christmas. But reading children's books is a good idea to improve your English if you are not ready yet to read Shakespeare's or Dicken's works !

    So here is the Children's Book Blog : http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/12/03/the-children%e2%80%99s-book-blog-christmas-countdown-shiver-by-maggie-stiefvater/

    Go there and have a look at the latest posts by Rebecca Davies, at the bottom of the article.


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  • I haven't read much about this film, but just looking at the title, the poster and the synopsis, it sounds worth watching. Most of you have heard of Ellis Island in one of your English lessons. I bet you'll be able to impress your teacher with your knowledge after seeing this film. 

    Knowing that Marion Cotillard plays the lead role may convince you to go to the Opera Cinema, the only place in Reims where you can see subtitled films in the original version.

    Click on the photo to get to an article from the Guardian.


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  • Whether you’re a student, a teacher or a jobseeker, there’s a number of amazing websites on the Internet you should know about. Based on interactivity, they are great help to increase reactions and participation to your presentations. Let me introduce you to Padlet and Prezi.

    Padlet is a free service that is best described as an online cork board. Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page. The notes that teachers and students post can contain links, videos, images and document files. Visitors of the wall can scroll through the images, links, videos and document files that have been posted in the notes of a wall.

    Using Prezi, you can convey information to your audience in a non-linear, dynamic way, that is both engaging and easier to understand. Prezi presentations may integrate sounds and videos as well.

    With both tools, you can collaborate with colleagues, students, co-workers and work on the same canvas in real time.

    Check out an example of a Padlet presentation here. You should already know about Prezi if you’re a keen reader of this blog. If not, check out the Prezi presentation of Easy as Pie here.

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  • The holidays are here at last !

    If I judge from my students' reaction when I gave them homework today, I believe that they're going to be very busy. However if there's some free time left in your time-table, here is a competition that might appeal to you.

    THE PAPER PLANES ENGLISH PRIZE 2014

    Click on the link above...

    Read the rules, watch the video and WRITE !

     


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  • *R.D. Cumming

    Some of my students have recently asked me to advise them books to read for fun.

    First go to Marc Chagall High School' s library. You'll find quite a wide range of short-stories and novels there. If you need advice, Ms Azéma is there to help you. 

    But if you've read them all or if you prefer to own your own books, here are a few links to websites giving lists of books for teenagers, lists of those that have been awarded prizes.

    http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook

    http://www.adlit.org/books_authors/award_winning_books_for_tweens_and_teens/

    http://teens.librarypoint.org/award_winning_teen_books_2012

    I hope that with all these lists you'll find the books that suits your tastes and your reading skills ! Enjoy !


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  • You may want to work in a field that needs  a perfect color or you paint as a hobby. Anyhow it can be fun to do this test:

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-well-do-you-see-color-173018

    "How well do you see colour?"

     

     


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  • Have you heard of what happened a fortnight ago in London ? (Well, this week it's very unlikely to happen again !)

    A skyscraper that's being built in London has been responsible for serious damages on cars, bicycles and doormats.

    Because of the shape of the building, but also because of the shape of the mirrors that cover its walls, the building has produced enough heat on the pavement opposite that some cars, among which a luxury one, have melted. To prove this fact some people have fried an egg outside just thanks to the heat produced by the building. 

    Here is an article that tells you everything you should know ! Let's just wait to know what solution will be found to prevent London shops, cars, carpets and bicycles from catching fire !

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2409710/Walkie-Talkie-building-melting-bicycles-Light-reflected-construction-City-skyscraper-scorches-seat.html


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  • The following website is actually aimed at parents. But you may be interested in knowing what subjects teenagers have to study in secondary school in Britain.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/subjects_taught/

    You'll see that most subjects are similar to what you study here, but you'll find out that British students have the opportunity to be taught Religious Studies, Sex and Relationship Education and Citizenship. 

    Don't hesitate to read further by clicking on the different links.

     

     


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