Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The most incredible JOB INTERVIEW!

Lately with my terminales, we've been working on how to get a successful career & what kind of people we could look up to as heroes & role models or whether we were influenced by myths such as the American dream in our career prospects.

Here is an ad created by a famous beer brand in which the concept of traditional job interviews is completely turned upside down.

I have to admit that I completely agree with their new concept although I'm not sure this can be easily set up in terms of logistics.

It's also a good exercise to improve your listening skills!

Can I have a puppy too?!

Here is a great exercise (especially dedicated to my terminales!!) of oral comprehension :)

I'm NOT giving you ANY clue! Just watch the video (which is kind of funny) & tell me why the lady is getting a puppy & why she is crying her eyes out!


Funny touch

What would happen if savannah animals ate junk food?

Here is the answer:

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Another student's work!

Remember our training task dealing with Ginger's escape?

Here is Jeryna's work:

Street of Freedom   
00 000 Liberty

Mr. Tweedy

Street of the Coop

00 071 Farm City

Dear everybody,

       I am writing for you a letter to explain the reasons for our escape. 

We can consider the coop as a jail because it is closed and we are exploited. We wanted freedom, we dreamed of it and now we have it!

But we didn't know what to expect, trees ? No farm, no farmer ? We were narrow-minded, skeptical and worried. The reason, the only reason is that we were tired of living like this and there was a chance, one chance to escape! We did not want to end up in the pan. We wanted to live with our families, our friends, and if I may say, until we die.

                                                                                       Good Bye

 Ginger & the other hens

 Ps : The address is wrong so Mr.Tweedy will  never find us :)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Word A Day keeps Failure Away!

This is my rewriting of the famous saying:

Englisch An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away 550 X 580 Mm

I believe that learning a new word of English a day will help you to develop your skills in English.

I'm not asking you to read a page of the dictionary every night because I am fully aware that as teenagers/young adults, you have a very busy life! 

So, I'm going  to post new words regularly, hoping that you will remember some of them!

SOoo today's word is WATERSHED (N)

Do you have an idea of what it means?

Here is a clue:


You still don't know? Right. Check this out!

Would you like a TRANSPARENT mobile phone?

I would! ('coz I like fancy new technology)

"A US technology firm says it has created a transparent mobile phone whose technology rivals that of current smartphones." 

Have a look at this video & tell me what you think!

I'm wondering:

Besides the fancy transparent look of this phone, is it any better than an Iphone or any worth smartphone? 

Listen to the video & try to answer me! 


It's a dog's life!

This video was sent to me by a former colleague. 

You might not know this but as a vegetarian, I tend to be really skeptical on the use of animals for business purposes.

However, if you watch & listen carefully to this video, you & I might agree on the fact that this guy seems truly genuine & caring about his animals.

Moreover, the animals themselves seem to really appreciate each other & care for each other.

So, in the end, this story puts Darwin's survival of the fittest theory in perspective.

Monday, 18 February 2013

When street artwork gets involved in controversy

Remember street artist Banksy

Apparently one of his presumed mural entitled Banksy Slave Labor was torn off its wall a few days ago in London, allegedly stolen. It reappeared on an American auction website & is worth 500,000 dollars.


So, don't you think that selling some stolen artwork on a website sounds pretty dumb (=stupid)?

Well, I do & it all sounds like a prank to me but who knows?

Anyway, the article published by the Guardian is interesting as it comments & analyses in a simple way this mural & its meaning, emphasizing once again the power of art & its limits.

To put it in a nutshell, the artwork's message deals with children labour & the sweatshop industry in developing countries, denouncing Great Britain's involvement in this infamous trade.

Friday, 15 February 2013

being a teacher...

... is an extremely busy job filled with lots of different tasks, even more if you are an adventurous teacher such as myself!

So after two days of teacher training in Chalon for the CEC (Cambridge English Certificate), here I am, marking my terminales mock-exams, making sure that my comments are encouraging & will bring some insights on how to manage a written comprehension.

I'm done for today! And to unwind ( = relax), here is my choice of music with top volume on !

Although you may not enjoy this type of music (at all), you must try it on next time you're stressed out or want to bring some fun into your home!

I'm not sure how to define my musical tastes but the different types of music I listen to all bring a specific atmosphere at a specific time of the day:

Classical music to go to work (I need to build up some energy to make it through the day!)

Electronic music on the way home (to get rid of tension & restore some energy)

Old jazz & blues while cooking or baking stuff

Punk music to go for a run (because it gives you some rage & aggressiveness to run further away!)

Occasionally some R'N'B on the dance floor ;) (burns up calories more efficiently)

And rap music on a road trip because you have time to concentrate on the lyrics & fully comprehend the message

Oh, the essential: Incubus when I want to be your age again (it makes me nostalgic)!

What about you?? Do you listen to specific types of music for certain situations? Why?

N.B: Thank you Vincent M*** for telling me about Dub step!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Adorable Kristen!

This morning, Kristen, our teaching assistant came to one of our lessons to introduce herself & talk about Lousiana where she comes from.

It was a very inspiring lesson as she mentioned lots of historical facst & gave us a real insight into what life is like in Louisiana.

So, as promised, here is the video dealing with Mardi Gras in New Orleans:

I think my next holiday destination will be Louisiana!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

one of those moments...

... when you make me feel awfully old-fashioned, kids!

Yesterday, I wanted my 2ndes to pronounce "women" the right way (sort of "wimin") & I came up with this silly example (which is not even relevant phonetically... Gee, I'm tired) "moomin". 

As you can imagine, they all look confused wondering what on earth I was referring to...

I realized they were far too young to even have a clue about what the moomins are & so I felt old.

So, my dearest 2ndes, here is a picture of the moomins:


The opening theme (it might ring a bell)

The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll, Finnish: Muumi) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of trolls, who are white and roundish, with large snouts, that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends.


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Stay Home!!

But only if you are American...

You may have heard about this but right now a monster blizzard is hitting the Northeast of the United States putting a lot of people at risk.

It all looks & sounds a bit surrealistic but these kinds of phenomenon tend to happen more & more often these days...  

You might want to pack up a survival kit just in case:

I WOULD definitely NOT forget to pack some peanut butter & chocolate! :)

As Valentine's Day is on its way...

... here is an article published by The Guardian entitled...

Your first date disasters

I read a few testimonies & found them either hilarious or pretty moving. 

Who knows? You might enjoy reading them!

Do you have any "first date disaster" story to share with us? ;)

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Lincoln as an inspiration?

Would you consider Abraham Lincoln's career & political involvement in American history as a source of inspiration for your own career prospects?

He was determined & strong-willed, ready to put on a fight against secessionist southern states in 1861 in order to maintain the Union in America. 

He stood up for the abolition of slavery & won the fight from a certain perspective (slavery was abolished in 1864 but a legal segregationist system followed it, preventing millions of emancipated or free Black people from their civil rights: "separate but equal" & the Jim Crow Laws)
He was assassinated shortly after the victory of the North over the South, known as the American civil war (1861-1864).

Here is the trailer for Steven Spielberg's latest film simply entitled Lincoln:

This post may give you some ideas to reflect on for our unit entitled I want a successful career! How can myths & heroes influence people's careers?