Friday, 29 March 2013

I love technology!


This might look absolutely childish but this application is awesome & I will definitely use it in some of my lessons!

teacher training for me today!


As you can see, i'm having fun!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

1, 2, 3... CATCH!

Nothing to do with English, really... Just kind of funny!


2 little prodigies singing Set Fire to the Rain by Adèle...

Do we have any good singer at Léon Blum?

Monday, 25 March 2013

Shania Twain takes a stand against consumerism

I have found this song by Shania Twain & it fits into our unit Born to Consume?

Here are the lyrics:

We live in a greedy little world--
that teaches every little boy and girl
To earn as much as they can possibly--
then turn around and
Spend it foolishly
We've created us a credit card mess
We spend the money that we don't possess
Our religion is to go and blow it all
So it's shoppin' every Sunday at the mall

All we ever want is more
A lot more than we had before
So take me to the nearest store

Can you hear it ring
It makes you wanna sing
It's such a beautiful thing--Ka-ching!
Lots of diamond rings
The happiness it brings
You'll live like a king
With lots of money and things

When you're broke go and get a loan
Take out another mortgage on your home
Consolidate so you can afford
To go and spend some more when
you get bored

All we ever want is more
A lot more than we had before
So take me to the nearest store

[Repeat Chorus]
Let's swing
Dig deeper in your pocket
Oh, yeah, ha
Come on I know you've got it
Dig deeper in your wallet

All we ever want is more
A lot more than we had before
So take me to the nearest store

[Repeat Chorus]
Can you hear it ring
It makes you wanna sing
You'll live like a king
With lots of money and things

A Word A Day Keeps Failure Away!

Here is the perfect illustration to the following expression:

TO MAKE /ei/ FACES /ei/:


It doesn't mean you can do that in class!!


To my 1e,

I have found this funny (but so cliché!!) ad but don't worry I'm not advertising the beer brand!

Here is the sequel (notice the confusion between " a walk-in fridge" & "a walking fridge"):

Some students' creative work

From Manon & Lise:

"We made this cake for our TPE (I don't know how to say this in English)  about homosexuality.

We've chosen to present this project with this wedding cake, because of the current debate in France about gay marriage.

On the top of this cake, there are 4 figures that we have made, 2 couples in wedding clothes, one of two girls and the other of two boys."

(If you'd like to display some of your work on the blog, feel free to tell me & we'll figure something out!)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

A Word A Day Keeps Failure Away!

Today, I stumbled across this hilarious pic:


And I thought straight away that it would be the most perfect illustration of the verb TO STARE (at sthg/sby).

So, indeed this dog is probably staring at his or her master waiting for her to say "come on, have a cupcake!"

Don't you think so?

Well, here is the answer:


How do you feel today?

Last week was pretty tough for me (class meetings, other meetings, more meetings, additional lessons, & tutelage).

But I know it was also pretty tough for some of you (getting ready for your TPE, getting ready for your listening test, taking some entry exams to nursing schools etc.)

So let's just sit down for a few minutes & enjoy doing nothing (but just for a few minutes really!) apart from listening to this great song & nodding:

Kind of cheeky really...

Click here for the lyrics!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Murder at Christmas?

Dear 2ndes,

Here is the document we studied in class.

I hope you've come up with a creative & realistic scenario!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Cutting edge ELECTRIC consumer????


This morning, my 1e L/ES came with the result of the quiz "Which brand of consumer are you?", which you can find here.

Some are radical consumers, others are subtle shoppers, one  was a stalwart* buyer & finally, one student was a cutting edge ELECTRIC consumer...

Now the problem is what is "a cutting edge ELECTRIC consumer"????? 

Well, this student sent me an email to inform me that he had misread his profile: 

(It's not electric but eclectic!!!)

Cutting-edge ECLECTIC consumer:

Undercover is your mantra. If more than 50 people know about a brand, it's not worth having. Setting trends is what you do; you work in fashion, film or media. You shop in small boutiques - in Notting Hill, or in retro shops and markets. Ten years ago you would have gone to Ibiza, now it's Reykjavik, Tallinn or Krakow. You're into technology - digital cameras, the latest MP3 players, mini-discs, decks and so on are crucial kit for expressing your creativity. 

It finally makes sense!!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Part of a field of 2,500 hands planted in Parliament Square by Hands Up For Peace, an anti-war campaign set up by school students to protest at the invasion of Iraq.                                  
Photograph: Philip Wolmuth/ Philip Wolmuth

My dear terminales,

This could be an interesting article for you to read as part of our new unit entitled WE THE PEOPLE, dealing with the notion of places & forms of power.

If you'd like to read it, click here!

Music time!

Dear students,

With my 1eL/ES, we studied an extract from Into the Wild. Doriane, one of my students, told me that the film soundtrack was performed by Eddie Vedder who is also the lead singer of Pearl Jam.

I listened to the complete album (which is totally in keeping with the film's issues & as a matter of fact with our unit!) & selected the song entitled SOCIETY

Watch the video with the lyrics on screen & tell me what you think about it!

You'll have to remember what "greed" means (think about "to be greedy for money").

I hope you've enjoyed it!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

What ARE you doING right NOW?

I've been working hard since I woke up (planning school work & organizing a trip to West Yorkshire, England for the next holidays :) so, now I am listening to this:

You might wonder why... 

Well, with my 1eL/ES, we have started a new unit entitled Born to Consume & the first activity we completed was analysing an extract from Fight Club (the IKEA catalogue scene) & I decided to watch the film again & realized the soundtrack was great.

I found this picture on a little errand on the web & find it kind of interesting...

Don't you?

I am also uploading some pictures from my weekend on my instagram. You know about this?

What about you? What are you doing right now?? Completing your homework, I suppose! ;)

Ruby Bridges meets President Obama at The White House

My Dear students (and particularly my 1e stmg),

Here is the video of Ruby Bridges, the little Black girl on the painting by Norman Rockwell (The Problem We All Live With, 1964) meeting President Obama at The White House as the painting has been hung next to the Oval Office.

You will hear some words from the article we worked on (especially the last paragraph of the article) & it might help you answer question 5!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Going off the beaten track!

My dear 1e L/ES,

Here are a few expressions we used this morning to recap on our extract from Into The Wild (as part of our unit entitled Born To Consume?):

*to be emancipated from*

*to break free from*

*to be fed up with*

*to go off the beaten track*

*to live on the road*

*to hitchhike*

*to start afresh*

Here is the official trailer which might give you more ideas: 

Now you're ready to write a full & detailed recap on our extract! Don't forget you will collect some bonuses for your group!

N.B: The cultural center in Torcy will broadcast Into the Wild on July, 2nd. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Civil Rights Movement

My dear 1estmg,

Here is the painting we started analysing this morning as part of our unit entitled All Equal.

You can now write a recap of what we said this morning!


The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell, 1964

Friday, 8 March 2013

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Celebrating International Women's day!

My dear students,

 As part of our unit entitled All Equal, here is an excellent video on women's achievements & social evolution in the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries.

It is not an oral comprehension because there is some text incrusted in the video. 


Happy international women's day to all my female readers, students & colleagues!

We rock!!


Sex equality at work still not reached

Dear students from 1e (& Tles for some reading practice :),

Here is an article published by The Guardian dealing with a recent study on gender pay gap

*for the same work, lower salaries for female workers


Female graduates earn less than males - even if they studied the same subject