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Toutefois, de par leur très grand nombre, il se peut que certains d’entre eux n’aient pas été mis à jour au moment où vous les consultez. 
Merci de me signaler tout lien corrompu.
De manière générale, il est de votre responsabilité de vérifier le contenu des pages qui seront vues par vos élèves.

The links on this site are checked as regularly as possible.
However, because they are very numerous, some of them may not have been updated when you use them.
Please let me know if any of them is corrupted.
In any case, it is your responsibility to check the contents of the sites before your pupils visit them.

Michelle Henry (michelle.henry7@gmail.com)

 

 

22/12/2013


NEW PAGES :

SLAVERY

CONTENTS :

Activities Photos, Paintings and Posters
Cartoons Poems
Cinema PowerPoint Presentations
Facts Songs
History Stories
Lesson plans Videos
Listening Vocabulary
Maps Webquests

 


CHRISTMAS

Christmas comes early for Royal Navy ship HMS Protector - 22 December 2013
"The crew of the Royal Navy ship HMS Protector has celebrated Christmas early on the ice of Antarctica."

(BBC)



10 great but overlooked Christmas movies
- 20 December 2013
(BBC)


Cartoon: Prince Harry's Christmas Beard
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + LANGUAGE + NOTE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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21/12/2013


THE YEAR 2013

We Didn't Start The Fire | 2013 Celebrity Hype Edition
"To send 2013 on its way, we take a look back at all that hype from the past year- Billy Joel style!"

(YouTube)
"Owen Weber and Roger Weber wrote new lyrics for the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Star the Fire" using the celebrity news stories of 2013.
Here it is, sung by Kevin Leblanc in a rapid-fire video looking back at the past year."

(Neatorama)


 

Google Zeitgeist | Here's to 2013
"Discover what the world searched for with Google's year in review. 
Music: "Feels Like Coming Home" by Jetta"

(YouTube)


 

JibJab 2013 Year in Review: "What A Year!"
(YouTube)
"Jib-Jab presents their annual year-in-review video, full of singing, dancing, all-animated versions of the movers and shakers of 2013.
From Pope Francis to Ylvis to the Royal baby, from Miley Cyrus to Batkid to Ed Snowden to Paula Dean, they all get the cartoon treatment.
They've even figured out a way to include the recently-deceased in cartoon form, by having them line up to enter heaven. The lyrics are at the YouTube page." 

(Neatorama)

 

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POSTERS / SUBWAY / MANNERS

Tokyo Metro’s Subway Train Manners Posters
(pingmag.jp)

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CHRISTMAS

Holiday Dinner Party - a song
"Don't forget what your guests can or can't eat this Holiday Season."
(YouTube)

 

Christmas Cookies for Singles
(YouTube)
Contains some badly-censored NSFW language. 

 

Bob Welsh - My Christmas Eve - a poem
(YouTube)
"Bob Welsh spent 29 years as an Ohio State Trooper, and now is a professional storyteller. He has a spoken word poem about working on Christmas Eve."

(Neatorama)


 

27 Winter Holiday Tradition Origins - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 39)
(YouTube)


 

Who Brings Gifts to Europe?
"Redditor rappzula created a map that shows all the different names used for Santa Claus and related holiday gift-bringers in Europe...
Click to enlarge the full-size map here."

(Neatorama)



The Auteurs of Christmas
"Christmas morning through the eyes of a few of our favourite film directors."

(YouTube)
"You will no doubt recognize the styles of most of them -if you've seen any of their movies. My favorites are Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick."

(Neatorama)


 

A Christmas Wish
(YouTube)

 

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DRINKING

The Road Home
"It features the story of Eddie Lanier, who struggled with alcoholism for over 40 years, until his 28th stint in rehab finally led to sobriety.
Homeless and hungry, Eddie roamed the streets of his native Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and found a friend in David Wright,
a passerby whose frequent donations stood out. Here, the two friends discuss Eddie's remarkable journey."

(YouTube)

 

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SONGS

THE HOBBIT - MISTY MOUNTAINS RAP
(YouTube)
"Bilbo, Legolas, Gandalf, Thorin, and the Dwarves of Middle-Earth talk some trash about their unexpected journey, their prowess with weapons,
and their wondrous flowing locks in this rap from Warp Zone. It was inspired by the Misty Mountains song from The Hobbit, but updated with lots more words.
Once again, you can almost see Tolkien rolling in his grave."

(Neatorama)

 

 

Freedom by Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"Felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders…
Pressure to break or retreat at every turn;
Facing the fear that the truth I discovered;
No telling how all this will work out;
But I've come too far to go back now.
I am looking for freedom..."

(azlyrics.com)


Hollow Talk by Choir of Young Believers
"Hollow talk and a hollow gain
Thoughts set out for the root of pain
Never said it was good, never said it was near
shadow rises when you are here..."

(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
See The Bridge (Danish/Swedish TV series) - (Wikipedia)

 

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IMAGES

A million first steps - Article + Video
"We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.
These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft
who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain."

(britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk)

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 


AD

Choose Your Bag Wisely
(YouTube)

 

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ANIMALS / CINEMA / BOOKS

Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals
"Artful cats, literary dogs, Bob Dylan, and a whole lot of non-human genius."
(brainpickings.org)

Exclusive investigation : Animals were harmed
(hollywoodreporter.com)
contains images which some people may find unsettling

The American Humane Association (AHA)
"is an organization founded in 1877 dedicated to the welfare of animals and children...
AHA is best known for its trademarked certification "No Animals Were Harmed", which appears at the end of film or television credits.
It has also run the Red Star Animal Emergency Services since 1916. In 2000 AHA formed the Farm Animal Services program,
an animal welfare label system for food products. The Association is currently headquartered in Washington D.C.[1] 
It is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.[2]"

(Wikipedia)


Animals in film and television
(Wikipedia)

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20/12/2013


NEW PAGES :

Happy New Year!

CONTENTS :

Cards Listening
Cartoons New Year's Resolutions
Cinema Pictures
Conversation questions Poems
Exercises to print Songs
Games to print Superstitions
History and Traditions Videos
Interactive exercises Vocabulary
Interactive games Webquests
Lesson plans  

 


ZOMBIES

ZOMBEER® THE SONG
(YouTube)

 

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THE YEAR 2013

Year in Rap 2013 - The Year's Headlines in Rhyme
(flocabulary.com)

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19/12/2013


A NEW PAGE :

Martin Luther KING


CONTENTS :
   
Activities to print Interactive games Songs
Biography Lesson plans The Civil Rights Movement
Cartoons Listening The speech : "I have a dream"
Cinema March on Washington Timelines
Games to print Pictures TV series
History Poems Videos
Infographics Posters Vocabulary
Interactive activities PowerPoint Presentations Webquests

 


THE YEAR 2013

Google Zeitgeist - L'année 2013 en recherches
"Revivez les temps forts de 2013. Découvrez ce que les Français ont recherché en 2013 avec la vidéo Google Zeitgeist : google.fr/zeitgeist"

(YouTube)
+ Top des recherches dans le monde - interactive map (google.com)

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17/12/2013


POLLUTION

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2' - 10 December 2013
"Perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts."

(theguardian.com)
See Perfluorotributylamine: A novel long-lived greenhouse gas
(onlinelibrary.wiley.com)

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CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas Exclamation Point (Jon Lajoie) - a song
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"You know Christmas is about spending time
With friends and family
but just because you're not in one of those
two categories
Doesn't mean that I won't still do something special for you
Because Christmas is about giving, so here's what I'll do..."


 

Christmas webquests
(davidbradshawenglish.org)

MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS STORIES
- AUGGIE WREN'S CHRISTMAS STORY (SMOKE) PAUL AUSTER
- The Gift of the Magi à partir de 26'32 (O' HENRY)
(myschoolbag.eklablog.com)

 

 

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16/12/2013


IF...

If I Was vs. If I Were
(dailywritingtips.com)

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EXPRESSIONS

Fishy Expressions
"The English language abounds in expressions related to fish and fishing. Here are just a few."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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LESSONS

Uruguay to legalise marijuana trade (December 14, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalise the marijuana trade, from the drug's production to its distribution."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Beyonce releases a secret album (December 16, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"American pop singer Beyonce surprised her fans on Friday. She released her fifth album without telling anyone."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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PAPARAZZI

A Day in the Life of Hollywood Paparazzi - AUDIO + SCRIPT
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DEATH

Reaping for Dummies
(vimeo.com)

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TOYS

The 50 Most Popular Toys From The Last 50 Years - an infographic
(neatorama.com)

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EVENTS 2013

Mario Zucca "created a collage of news stories and pop culture events of 2013 commissioned by Beutler Ink.
He posted a map to explain the references, along with process shots and details,
but before you consult it, try to decipher them all yourself to see how well you recall what happened this past year." 

(Neatorama)

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MUSIC

Landfill Harmonic
"An orchestra for kids with instruments made from trash?
A cello made from an oil can and pieces of wood, that were thrown in the garbage; a saxophone made of spoons and buttons..."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 


RESOURCES

Ressources d'anglais gratuites - Ecole d'anglais EF Englishtown
Visitez "le blog qui contient des ressources gratuites, telles que des vidéos, des quizzes, un labo de grammaire,
un test d'anglais et des articles offrant des infos culturelles et linguistiques."

(englishtown.fr)

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CHRISTMAS

Reuters Video: Aussie family decks the house in half a million Christmas lights + TRANSCRIPT
"An Australian family reclaims the world record for most Christmas lights on a house. Sharon Reich reports."

+ ACTIVITY + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

Christmas game - with questions
Created by Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)



Is His Name Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Pelznickel? Who Cares, So Long As He Brings Gifts! + SCRIPT
"Some of the many names of the short, fat, jolly old man with a long beard, wearing a red suit with white fur who delights children at Christmas."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)



AUDIO-LINGUA :

** Jenny : Christmas foods ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
Jenny tells us what foods she used to eat when she was a little girl for Christmas.
 http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3724

** Jenny : Christmas songs ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
Jenny talks about the Christmas spirit in Great Britain : songs, carols, shopping, lights, etc.
http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3726

** Jenny : Christmas presents ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
Jenny remembers how she used to feel on Christmas Day when she was little.
http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3725

** Travis : what happened to Christmas ? ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : B2 - par  Travis (Connecticut, USA) - 8 décembre 2013
According to Travis, Christmas has become a shameful business.
>  http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3723

 ** Jenny : the tradition of Christmas crackers  ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 8 décembre 2013
There is no Christmas dinner without crackers in Great Britain.
http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3721

** Jenny : the history of Christmas crackers ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 8 décembre 2013
Jenny tells us how the Christmas crackers became the tradition it is today in lots of countries in the Commonwealth.
 http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3722


Supercut: I Hate Christmas
(YouTube)


Angels We Have Heard On High - Pentatonix
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS :
"See him in a manger laid
Whom the choirs of angels praise
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid
While our hearts in love we raise..."

(lyrics.songfacts.com)

 

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13/12/2013


EMPATHY

RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy
"What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us
that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities."

(YouTube)

 

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SURVEILLANCE

NSA uses Google's cookies to select surveillance targets, leaked Snowden docs reveal - 11 December 2013
"The Washington Post reports that the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are using the cookies to identify people browsing the Internet.
The files contain numeric codes that enable websites to identify a specific person's browser." 

(foxnews.com)

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IMMIGRATION

Migrants quizzed on English skills before benefits - 13 December 2013
"Immigrants to the UK are being tested on their English skills before being able to claim income-related benefits under a new scheme.
People are being asked what efforts they have made to find work before coming to Britain."

(BBC)

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CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas Mr Bean - activities
"The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on youtube...

You are going to :
- discuss Christmas
- watch the Christmas Mr Bean episode and do some activities
- find Christmas words in a word search exercise
- write the story in the past tense
- find out more about the typical British Christmas and some of the Christmas things in the video."

(efllecturer.blogspot.com.es)


 

AIRLINE PULLS AMAZING CHRISTMAS STUNT ON PASSENGERS
"Thanks to a team of merry WestJetters and the power of technology, we've learned that miracles really do happen."

(unlooker.com)


 

How to Say 'Merry Christmas' in 24 Languages
(YouTube)


 

Cartoon: The Christmas Selfie
COMMENT + Related articles
"Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 and was defined thus: a photograph that one has taken of oneself,
typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."

(englishblog.com)

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12/12/2013


SONGS

Steve Irwin Tribute - Wildest Things in the World
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"My dad taught me from a very early age
Be at one with the snake
Feel it son! And I am...
I gotta push it to the limit
Danger, Danger, Danger..."


 

"Bear Claw Tavern" - Scythia OFFICIAL Music Video
(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
"I' m heading away and I wont be back for a very long time
Hide your woes, show your smile and pour my cup of wine
On the morrow i set to sea and know not when I'll be back
So come my friends and drink with me until the day is black..."

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CHRISTMAS

Famous Christmas Songs
"Click on the photo and match the videos and the titles, then play the hangman game."
Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)



Santa's Accident - a poem
"Ho! Ho! Ho!" he said to me
And then he hit a tree!
'Cause Santa Claus,
Upon his sled,
The tree he did not see!"

(fizzyfunnyfuzzy.com)


Pass the sprouts! UK has one of the healthiest traditional Christmas dinners in the world - Article
+ Video : Honey Roast Christmas Ham - Recipe
+ Infographic : "find out more about festive dinner traditions around the world
."
(uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com)

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11/12/2013


NEW YORK

ESL Video Quiz: Multicultural New York
"In this episode you can meet young people living in New York City!"

(eslvideo.com)

 

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HERO

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler
"What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature's most interesting heroes?
And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes?
Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero."

(YouTube)

 


The Real Meaning Of The Word "Hero"
"In the media, words like "miracle" and "hero" can lose their impact. But, as Steve Hartman reports, true heroes do exist."

(cbsnews.com)

 

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See new links about Nelson MANDELA

 

10/12/2013


SLEEP

How sleep makes your mind more creative
"It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?"

(BBC)

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FARMERS / CHORES

Chore (Roar Parody) - a song
"dedicated to the rangers and South Dakota who lost entire cattle herds to the unexpected Winter Storm Atlas...
A parody (or as they call this one, a "perrydy") music video of the song, "Roar," by Katy Perry done by the Peterson Farm Bros."

(YouTube)
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.

 

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THE US FEDERAL RESERVE

100 years on
Article + Video + Audio
"A short history of the world's most important central bank"
(BBC)



Inside the US Federal Reserve - 10 December 2013
"On 23 December 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act creating the US central bank that this month celebrates its 100th birthday..."

(BBC)

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FOOD

Infographic: Christmas Meals Around The World
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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