The Brexit : all you need to know!


The UK has officially notified the European Union that it is leaving. So what exactly will happen now? Here are a few articles and links to help you understand the situation.

  • All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU : BBC News
  • No turning back now – Article 50 is triggered : BBC News
  • Eight key points you need to know about the Brexit: The Guardian
  • What does Brexit mean? What does Article 50 mean for the economy, immigration, the pound? : the Express
  • The power of the media (places and forms of power) What influence did the tabloids have on the Brexit campaign? : The Guardian 
  • What will happen to London after the Brexit? (places and forms of power) : Bloomberg




Vidéos pour illustrer les différentes notions

Link to a playlist of short videos from the website « storycorps » that could be used to illustrate the different notions, in particular myths and heroes.

Film trailers that could be used to illustrate the Idea of Progress or Places and Forms of Power

The power of money:

The idea of progress – how virtual reality can be used to help people relive their past

S’entrainer à la compréhension orale du BAC


Les épreuves de la compréhension orale pour les élèves en S et ES auront lieu bientôt (février/mars/avril en général). Voici des liens pour vous aider à préparer ces épreuves:

  • Commencez par lire les conseils pour l’épreuve sur l’excellent site franglish. Vous y trouverez également des exercices pour travailler en autonomie.
  • Vous trouverez d’autres enregistrements dans la banque de documents sur le site la Clé des Langues
  • D’autres enregistrements sont disponibles sur le site de l’Academie de Strasbourg
  • Et également sur le site de l’Academie de la Réunion: PodCaz
  • Ensuite vous pouvez regarder les 3 vidéos sur la compréhension orale ici:


Il faut essayer d’écouter des émissions ou regarder des vidéos en anglais tous les jours afin d’améliorer votre compréhension orale. Voici quelques sites pour vous aider:


Have fun!! 🙂



Black Friday – what is it and how did it get its name?


The day After Thanksgiving (Friday) is known as Black Friday. This also is unofficially or officially start of holiday shopping season. Almost all stores come out with sales to attract consumers to their stores. People stand in line hours before store is opened, to grab the bargain of the year. Almost every store has something that interests every one. For bargain hunters, if there is a biggest festival in a year, that would be, no doubt, the Black Friday.

Black Friday rumours and the truth – BBC Newsbeat

What is Black Friday and where does it take place? Wikipedia explanation

The dangers of Black Friday and how it is becoming more consumerist – BBC Newsbeat

What is Black Friday?


How Black Friday is becoming more and more consumerist:

The heroes of 9/11


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



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 »)


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.



































St Patrick’s Day



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!


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:




  • 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