The heroes of 9/11

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On the morning of 11 September 2001, 19 hijackers took control of four commercial passenger jets flying out of airports on the east coast of the United States.

Two of the aircraft were deliberately flown into the main two towers (the Twin Towers) of the World Trade Center in New York, with a third hitting the Pentagon in Virginia.

The fourth plane never reached its intended target, crashing in Pennsylvania. It is believed that the passengers and crew overpowered the hijackers and took control of the plane.

The Twin Towers were widely considered to be symbols of America’s power and influence. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.

Both 110-floor World Trade Center towers subsequently collapsed and substantial damage was caused to one wing of the Pentagon. Numerous other buildings at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan were destroyed or badly damaged.

The total loss of life on 9/11 was nearly 3,000, including the 19 hijackers. It was the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil.

The days that followed saw a significant effect on world economic markets and international confidence.

 

Here are a few links to videos and articles about the events of 9/11 but also about the stories of the heroes we will never forget.

Various articles and videos of the events of 9/11 : History Channel

Stories of heroism : Business Insider

Heroism on 9/11 (video) : History Channel

Remembering the heroes: article

The lost hero of 9/11 : BBC radio programme  – excellent for listening practice (MYTHS AND HEROES)

Understanding the US Presidential Elections

One of the most covered topics in the news at the moment is the US Presidential Elections. So to start off this new school year let’s take a look at the process:

An election for President of the United States occurs every four years on Election Day, held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The 2016 Presidential election will be held on November 8, 2016.

The election process begins with the primary elections and caucuses and moves to nominating conventions, during which political parties each select a nominee to unite behind. The nominee also announces a Vice Presidential running mate at this time. The candidates then campaign across the country to explain their views and plans to voters and participate in debates with candidates from other parties.

During the general election, Americans head to the polls to cast their vote for President. But the tally of those votes—the popular vote—does not determine the winner. Instead, Presidential elections use the Electoral College. To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of electoral votes. In the event no candidate receives the majority, the House of Representatives chooses the President and the Senate chooses the Vice President.

The Presidential election process follows a typical cycle:

  • Spring of the year before an election – Candidates announce their intentions to run.
  • Summer of the year before an election through spring of the election year – Primary and caucus debates take place.
  • January to June of election year – States and parties hold primaries and caucuses.
  • July to early September – Parties hold nominating conventions to choose their candidates.
  • September and October – Candidates participate in Presidential debates.
  • Early November – Election Day
  • December – Electors cast their votes in the Electoral College.
  • Early January of the next calendar year – Congress counts the electoral votes.
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day

 

Here are a few links to articles and web sites to learn more about the Presidential elections and also the candidates

  1. The road to the White House – what influence do the media/social media have on the election? Why is money so important during the campaign?
  2. Meet the candidates
  3. Simple videos about the Presidential Elections
  4. Full description of how the election works on the BBC news page
  5. The latest results and a poll tracker : The Telegraph
  6. Donald Trump’s speech outlining his immigration policy: Arizona speech
  7. Where Hilary Clinton stands on immigration: immigration issue
  8. Where both candidates stand on immigration: video  (could be used for the notion spaces and exchanges)
  9. Detailed articles and debates on the CNN website
  10. The US presidential election explained : Euronews
  11. The electoral college: definition
  12. The power of the social media in the presidential debate: social media

Has the US media helped Trump get where he is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Préparation à l’épreuve écrite

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One week to go……time to do a bit of last minute revision!

Good luck!

Réviser avec des vidéos (5 vidéos avec de très bons conseils sur le site « les bons profs »)

 

 

Entraînez vous avez des sujets des années précédentes : ici 

Learn new vocabulary here: languagelearningbase

and here  (site un peu difficile pour se retrouver mais il y a beaucoup de listes de vocabulaire – utilisez la fonction « recherche »)

 

The Invictus Games

An ideal topic for illustrating the notion of Myths and Heroes, The Invictus Games are a project of Prince Harry’s: an Olympics-like sporting event for active duty military and veterans who are ill or have been wounded by war. Prince Harry decided to start the event after visiting the Warrior Games in the United States, and the first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014.

The name, too, comes from England. The games are named after the poem “Invictus” by English 19th-century poet William Ernest Henley, written as he recovered from a leg amputation. Its last lines have been quoted often by world leaders, including Churchill and Obama himself.

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For four days in Orlando next week, more than 500 athletes will challenge each other in 10 events, ranging from basketball, rugby and tennis for wheelchair users to archery and powerlifting. Fifteen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, will send men and women to compete.

  • Read more about the Invictus story here
  • What is the Invictus foundation? Read here
  • What was behind Prince Harry’s inspiration to set up these games?

Even the Queen is taking part in promoting the event:

 

 The fact that the Queen and the Obamas take part in promoting the event could also be used to illustrate the notion of places and forms of power. The Queen playing a role in the promotion is a big boost to the event!

 

Conseils pour vous aider à préparer votre oral d’anglais

Les oraux approchent et vous êtes nombreux à poser des questions sur le déroulement de cette épreuve et comment vous y préparer.

Voici quelques conseils pour vous aider ainsi des vidéos (déjà postées l’année dernière) pour chaque notion.

  • Vous allez présenter une des quatre notions du programme de terminale. Il vous faut donc une problématique reliant la notion aux documents que vous avez étudié en classe ou que vous avez trouvé par vos propres recherches. Il n’est pas nécessaire de présenter tous les documents vus. Choissisez surtout ceux qui vous intéressent le plus et qui correspondent le mieux à votre problématique.
  • Présentez un plan organisé en plusieurs parties (introduction, deux ou trois arguments ou idées importantes, conclusion). Présentez vos documents et donnez aussi votre propre opinion sur l’article/image/vidéo et le message que l’auteur a voulu faire passer. Pour plus d’informations sur le plan voir cet article Préparer l’oral du BAC
  • Vous serez surtout évalué sur votre niveau de langue. Il faut donc faire attention à votre expression, votre prononciation et votre accent. Il ne faut pas apprendre votre « texte » par coeur!
  • Conseils (repris de mon autre blog) d’une professeur de lycée qui fait passer les oraux tous les ans sur ces quatre notions:  » Je souhaite attirer l’attention des élèves-candidats : il ne faut surtout pas que chacun se présente à l’oral et répète par coeur les définitions ou plans trouvés sur internet. Ca ne peut que vous desservir ! En revanche, si vous avez des difficultés ou des doutes, bien-sûr, c’est une bonne démarche que de s’inspirer ( avec discernement), j’insiste !) de travaux existants. Bon courage et bonne continuation à tous…Anne »
  • N’oubliez pas que l’interaction compte pour moitié de la note finale. Montrez que vous comprenez les questions. Prenez part à l’échange, montrez que vous vous êtes intéressé au sujet et que vous avez fait vos propres recherches sur le thème.
  • Il ne faut pas seulement restituer des connaissances apprises par cœur sans essayer de s’exprimer naturellement, spontanément sur la notion étudiée. Il est important de donner son propre point de vue, avec ses propres mots et être capable d’échanger en anglais avec l’examinateur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Préparez votre épreuve de compréhension orale

Votre épreuve de compréhension orale approche? Préparez-vous dès maintenant en écoutant tous les jours des vidéos, podcasts et enregistrements en anglais.

Voici quelques idées de sites pour vous aider:

1. BBC English:

Essayez « 6 minute English« : des reportages courts sur des sujets variés. Vous pouvez vous abonner au podcast, télécharger l’enregistrement et le texte.

2. PodCaz Bac:

Le site des langues de l’académie de La Réunion propose une rubrique consacrée à l’entraînement de la com­pré­hension de l’oral pour le bac. Il propose des fichiers audio d’une durée de 1 minute 30 (format imposé par l’épreuve), classés par notion. Vous y trouverez des fichiers pour la série STI2D également.

3. La clé des Langues

La Clé des langues met à votre disposition une banque d’enregistrements audio et vidéo correspondant au format requis pour l’épreuve de compréhension de l’oral. Vous pouvez télécharger les fichiers audio ainsi que des ressources pour vous aider à la compréhension.

4. Medialingua

Medialingua du Crdp-Aquitaine propose des documents audio ou vidéo à télécharger sur des thèmes variés.

5. Audio Lingua

Audiolingua propose des enregistrements en plusieurs langues sur des thèmes variés – vous pouvez choisir le niveau (B2) et la durée (60-90 secondes)

6.CNN Student News

Sur ce site vous pouvez visualiser le reportage du jour et lire le texte si besoin. Un niveau assez élevé!

7. British Council

Regardez des vidéos sur les différents aspects de la vie en Grande Bretagne ici et aussi sur cette page où vous trouverez des vidéos sur des sujets très variés!

 

 

St Patrick’s Day

 

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Here are a few links to practice your listening comprehension and also learn about the myths and legends behind St Patrick’s Day

Videos on the « History » Channel

Things you didn’t know about St Patrick’s Day : video

Why does the colour green represent this holiday? : video

Was St Patrick Irish? : video

 

Finally here are some newspaper articles on the subject:

Facts and figures (Guardian)

How Irish are you ? A quiz and some myths about St Patrick’s Day (Daily Telegraph)

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to you all! I wish you success in all your projects and for those sitting their BAC this year I hope you pass with flying colours!!

To start the year off let’s look at a topic that is very much in the news at the moment: climate change, particularly after the COP 21 – the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris.

This topic can be linked to the notion of idea of progress : how is our world changing, what effect does increasing pollution have on our environment? How can we predict the sort of weather we are going to have and the impact the extreme weather conditions can have on our planet? It can also be linked to the notion of spaces and exchanges as well as places and forms of power: how can developed countries help developing countries to cope with climate change? How can the different countries work together to reduce the impact that pollution has on our environment?

Here are a few articles and videos about it:

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  • A BBC article about the impact El Nino is having on the world’s weather
  • A BBC article about the current flooding in the UK
  • An article from the Guardian on the floods in the UK and extreme global  weather

 

Reactions after the Paris Attacks

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It is not an easy subject to talk about but we all are affected by the terrorist attacks that took place on Friday 13th November in Paris.

Please feel free to comment on how you feel after these attacks in Paris and post any links or pictures you think are relevant.

(all comments and posts have to be approved before being posted)

Here are a few links on the subject:

How do Parisians feel after the attacks? BBC news

Social media response BBC News

World support for France following the attacks

Barack Obama « An attack on all of humanity »

Madonna’s speech about the attacks during her concert in Stockholm

The crisis in Calais – why do migrants want to reach the UK?

Copyright:Kerry Davies/Daily Mail 2/08/2015 Immigrants last night made another attempt to rush the Channel Tunnel but were beaten back by police with tear gas. They then staged a sit-in on the main lorry route to the tunnel blocking vehicles for the entire night until they were dispersed by riot police. picture shows: Immigrants staging the sit-in blocking lorries.
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Immigrants made another attempt to rush the Channel Tunnel but were beaten back by police with tear gas.
They then staged a sit-in on the main lorry route to the tunnel blocking vehicles for the entire night until they were dispersed by riot police.
picture shows: Immigrants staging the sit-in blocking lorries.

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One of the topics that is very much in the news at the moment is the problem of migrants fleeing their country and trying to reach the UK. An excellent topic to illustrate the notion of spaces and exchanges!

What are the reasons behind this problem?

Why are they so desperate to cross the Channel?

Here are a few articles and videos on the subject

Why is there a crisis in Calais? – BBC news website

Would Calais immigrants really be better off in the UK? – BBC News Website

The migrant crisis in Calais

The truth about immigration in the UK (BBC tv programme)

The impact of immigration in UK