Anglais (Café N° 73)

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Édition du 27-05-2006

- Christine Reymond -

- A la Une : the Football World Cup

- Une leçon prête à l'emploi
la BBC dans sa rubrique Learning English, propose une sorte de feuilleton : the Flatmates. Le sujet de la semaine 42 est la coupe du monde de football. Un des personnages, Tim, a des tickets et ils doivent décider qui va l'accompagner.[...]
Le texte est un peu artificiel, mais c'est une bonne introduction pour débutants ou élèves faibles.

- Le site officiel de la FIFA
avec beaucoup de vidéos
et une rubrique "fun and games" avec un questionnaire

- Le site de Primlangues
découvrez ce dossier thématique qui propose des ressources dans plusieurs langues, à différent niveaux[...]

- Autres sites (with flags of all the teams and the location of the matches in Germany) ( a US fan blog) ( a European blog)[...] (a charity),2142,8053,00.html ( Deutsche Welle German TV in English)[...]( the BBC) (

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- Advices to new teachers

Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Thursday, May 18th features two sites of advices to new teachers:
- New Teacher's Guide Book
How do you grade your various class projects? Do you have a solid and effective classroom management plan all set up? Do you need some ideas to help you get organized and started? Find ideas here for all of the above, as well as a sample first day schedule to help you prepare for your own entry into the classroom.
- A primer on behavior management
There are four stages of being a teacher: the Shiny New one, the Shell Shocked educator, the Discipline Dictator, and the skilled, caring teacher. With its share of humor and wit, cartoons, quotes, and exercises, find some advice here on behavior management in the classroom.[...]

- Teach! Watch the Movie

Here is a 35mn video (no transcript) to discover what a first year of teaching is like in the US and what problems they tackle with. See the meeting of teachers with problem children : is it much different in France?
Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, Thursday, May 4th presents it : "Four public school teachers start their career in some of the toughest schools in America, in the Los Angeles school district. What does it take? How did they fare during their first year of teaching? You can watch this 35 minute award-winning film online, and then send us your feedback on the film. Start a discussion on this documentary by sending your comments at:
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"TEACH chronicles the determination and commitment of four young teachers as they fight the real fight: educating our children.
Davis Guggenheim's award-winning documentary reveals the human side of the story: showing what it takes to survive the first year teaching in America's toughest schools. (35 min.) " :( from the website)

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- e-Learning Kids Foundation

This site features interactive (Flash) exercices and lessons for English speakers aged 5 to 12, in maths, english language, language skills and science . I think we can use it to teach English in primary school (or teach science in English, or encourage the students to learn by themselves).
- In the English language section, you find very easy animations : dialogues with sound. the easiest, for young beginners, is just about hello and good-bye. In the highest level, you find a longer dialogue that you first hear, and then you choose the right answer to fill in the blanks in the sentences. You can then hear the dialogue sentence by sentence. A good comprehension exercise for lower intermediates.
- In the language skill section, you find a presentation ( a bit long, but interesting comprehension exercise for lower intermediates) and then short quick exercises about compound words ( cupcake, bedroom, etc.)
- in the science section, the girl presenting the exercises speaks faster and is more difficult to understand, but the exercises can be interesting for children aged 5/9 : they just have to associate an animal and its habitat. Older children will enjoy trying to understand the comments when they make a mistake...
Thot Cursus recommends it this week:

- Flashcards

Thot Cursus also recommends this site of pictograms presenting English words and some actions. For example in "animals" you find cat, dog fish, cat food, dog food, etc but also a pictogram for "feed the cat". All pictos can be downloaded for free, and you can print them on hard paper and make flash cards or use them to illustrate documents.

- Tips for using picture books in kindergarten

Voici des suggestions pour rendre le story time plus efficace, et encourager les talents littéraires des élèves en pre-lecture. Ou comment utiliser les livres d'images pour déclencher la parole et enrichir le vocabulaire.
ces conseils peuvent bien sûr s'appliquer à l'enseignement de l'anglais en primaire, en lisant une histoire tout en faisant acquérir et/ou manipuler des notions et du vocabulaire.

- Organise an Odor Day

Une idée originale pour développer le sens olfactif des élèves, et introduire ce vocabulaire en anglais. A l'occasion d'une sortie, invitez les élèves à ramasser des choses diverses, puis à en commenter l'odeur : non seulement parler de ce que cela sent, mais aussi de ce que l'odeur évoque[...]

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- Road Safety

[LII New This Week] May 18 recommends this "How Not to Get Hit by Cars" site, with drawing depicting situations and an interesting list of advices.
"Tips for bicyclists for avoiding collisions with cars. Discusses headlights (for night riding), honking and yelling, riding positions, using handlebar or helmet mirrors, passing cars, choice of streets, and related topics. Includes diagrams showing typical interactions between cars and bicycles on the road. From CICLE (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange), a bicycle advocacy group based in Los Angeles."
To find more documents on this topic, don't forget the excellent "THINK" from the UK government, including the pages for children "hedgehog" with songs and animations, and the "arrive alive" cycling advices site from THINK and the "cycle smart" site from Disney Channel (flash, with cartoons and real stories to read).
and the page of video, audio and printed media to download for free

- One Stop English

Isabelle Destat recommends this site of resources on e-teach : you have to register, but then you can access lots of the resources for free, including some audio files.[...]
For example, CAroline Bouron has found a lesson about James Blunt's "You're beautiful" song and clip,[...]
lesson :
On the student's worksheet:
- Listening comprehension
- Grammar (asking questions)
- Vocabulary (expressions with 'like')
the clip :
the lyrics :
you can also find the lyrics, a simple worksheet and two *** superbe .pdf documents in the shared document section of e-teach
the lyrics and 2 worksheets are in the "chanson" section, the .pdf documents in "préparation de cours".

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- Tracking : is Big Brother helping us?

Technicians and all those interested in inventions and new devices will enjoy discovering the RFID tags on How Stuff Works. As usual on How Stuff Works, the pages are illustrated with drawings, diagrams and visual interactive features which are very helpful to understand. What I also like there is that some students know the systems and are quite happy to bring more information and explain details to the teacher and the class.
Here is what you can read on the page:
"Imagine going to the grocery store, filling up your cart and walking right out the door. No longer will you have to wait as someone rings up each item in your cart one at a time. Instead, these RFID tags will communicate with an electronic reader that will detect every item in the cart and ring each up almost instantly. The reader will be connected to a large network that will send information on your products to the retailer and product manufacturers. Your bank will then be notified and the amount of the bill will be deducted from your account. No lines, no waiting.
RFID tags, a technology once limited to tracking cattle, will soon be tracking trillions of consumer products worldwide. Manufacturers will know the location of each product they make from the time it's made until it's used and tossed in the recycle bin or trash can. In this article, you'll learn about the types of RFID tags in development and how these smart labels will be tracked through the entire supply chain.
all the details on how it works at:[...]
Discover also several other systems and devices: UPC Bar Codes, Anti-shoplifting Devices, E-ZPass, Blink Technology
How UPC Bar Codes Work
How Anti-shoplifting Devices Work[...]
How E-ZPass Works
How Blink Technology Works

- Youth Radio (texts and audio)

The Scout Report from May 12 recommends this site : "With an impressive headquarters in downtown Oakland, Youth Radio is fast becoming a compelling and insightful media phenomenon that should be watched closely. Their mission is a laudable one, and as their website puts it, “….is to promote young people’s intellectual creative and professional growth through training and access to media and to produce the highest quality original media for local and national outlets.” Of course, the real heart of the site contains the actual programming, which is streamed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Along with unique mix of music, individuals can listen to a host of stories reported by young people. Visitors can also browse a list of recently added stories by topic, which include relationships, society, sports, poetry, and health. Those who are hoping to get some of the basic flavor of the offerings here would do well to take a look at the story featuring reporting from a group of Berkeley High School students at the World Social Forum in Caracas, or by listening to the commentary offered by Lauryn Silverman on the modern conundrum of multi-tasking. [KMG]"
You will find lots of authentic material there (American accent). The front page topic of the moment is immigration : there are audio and video reports about events and demonstrations. But there are lots of other documents where young people talk about their feeling or their lifestyle. Most documents are texts (some as short as 200 words, other longer) but all the texts are read by their author. They are easy to understand and can be used as oral comprehension material. Here is a selection from several sections ( video, education, lifestyle, relationships) for you to see what's available, but there is a lot more...

- this poem (script and the audio file) about the feelings of a young illegal immigrant, that can be used with lower intermediates (4ème) and upwards:

- this argumentative text about wearing a uniform at school : easy to understand ( intermediates and upwards), and a good starting point for a discussion, since he presents the pros and the cons:

- a video ( no script, but not too difficult to understand) for upper intermediate about sideshows ( spinning cars at full speed : it is illegal, and lots of accidents happen when the police chase them : should it be legalised?)
and a text with the audio file ( pros and cons. You can use it as a whole for upper intermediates or just parts of it for lower intermediates)

- for upper intermediates and advanced students : videos of interviews of students about segregation at university. They don't really know why, but the race groups hang together and tends to segregate each others. The only answer they give is : we should watch what we say and try to respect people. Here is the comment from the website:
"It's been fifty years since public schools have been de-segregated. But do kids of different races really hang out? Youth Radio's interns share their thoughts. August 2003"
video :
and for intermediates and above, a text ( with several interviews of students ) and audio file about teaching MLK and the Civil Rights movement in a school full of Latinos.

- Displaced people (article + audio and slide show)

Discover this unusual problem presented in an article from the New York Time. The article deal with the Nukak, a tribe from the Columbian wilderness, who suddenly came to a big town, asking to join the modern world. They now live in a camp at the outskirts of the town, as they did in the forests, except for the fact that they no longer have to look for their food since it comes free from the government....
The article is a good starting point for a discussion : how can those primitive groups join the "modern world"? Should we go on trying to protect their culture and traditional lifestyle, or help them integrate the modern world? and can they integrate our world, since their lifestyle is so different and they don't want to change it?
The New York Time Learning Network offers us as usual the article (a bit long) and a lesson plan (with written comprehension questions, plus ideas to go further). But there is now a new feature : a slide show with a commentary. There is no script for the commentary, but the sentences take up many parts of the text, and it is read by the journalist who wrote the article.
"Leaving the Wild, and Rather Liking the Change" By JUAN FORERO,May 12, 2006
Article :[...]
Lesson :[...]
Slide show with comments :[...]

- Webquest about People's Rights in the EU

Upper intermediate and advanced students will enjoy discovering and discussing the rights and privilege of the EU citizen through this webquest in English designed by our Polish colleague Bozena Stepien and based on several pages of the official EU site. Too many students don't have a hint of what's in those pages : this webquest is an excellent opportunity to invite them to get familiar with the EU from a citizen's point of view.[...]

- What's in a name?

Discover this surprising article from the New York Times : "And if It's a Boy, Will It Be Lleh?", By Jennifer Lee, May 19, 2006. The article is short and easy to understand, the lesson plan " Exploring The History of Names Through Creative Writing" can be useful.
- article:[...]
- lesson plan:[...]
Suggestion to start your lesson:
- you can use the title "And if It's a Boy, Will It Be Lleh?" or an extract from the article : " In 1999, there were only eight newborn American girls named Nevaeh. Last year, it was the 70th-most-popular name for baby girls, ahead of Sara, Vanessa and Amanda." to see if the students will notice that those two names are just Hell and Heaven spelt backwards.
- or you can start with a brainstorming about the most popular names and why parents choose them.
Then the students will read the text and answer questions like those suggested in the lesson, then go on to the meaning of their own name, or to a discussion about how much freedom parents should have to choose the name of their child.
to go on with this topic, have a look at this British article from Junior Magazine ( "the world's most famous parenting magazine") which gives useful advices to future parents about how to choose a name and what mistakes to avoid.[...]
and you can then go on with this article on a blog (with several comments) comparing the law about giving names in different countries.[...]

- Anti-social behaviour

Weekenders from BBC Learning is about anti-social behaviour in the UK. You can download the MP3 audio file and the transcript of the program. Remember that it is a program for adults learning English : the program is rather long, the main ideas are reformulated by a different person and the vocabulary said by a male and a female voice is explained in English in the middle of the program. there are also questions imbedded in the programme to encourage the listener to concentrate on a part of the speech.
If you plan to use it in class, it'll need some editing, but it'll be a good starter for a discussion with upper intermediate students.[...]

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- Activités pour la fin de l'année

Chaque année, je vous propose des idées d'activités pour les derniers cours. Vous trouverez les adresses des pages du Café des années précédentes à la fin de cette rubrique. Vous pouvez aussi choisir de leur faire produire une publication, de faire des jeux en ligne (online simulation games), ou diverses autres idées.

- Printing Press online
L'outil parfait pour maintenir l'attention des élèves et els motiver pour un projet à terminer avant de partir.
Ils choisissent ce qu'ils veulent créer :a flyer, a booklet, a student newspaper, or a brochure? Puis ils se lancent, rassemblent des documents et produisent leur publication.[...]

Online simulation games
- Cyber Chase
You choose your character, get a mission, then you go from place to place, talk to people (written dialogue), buy things, and try to carry out your mission. For students from lower intermediate level upwards.

- Perp Walk
A game of alibis and lies. Un autre jeu de déduction et de logique, qui s'adresse à des élèves de primaire de bon niveau ou des élèves de collège. Le jeu propose six histoires, et à chaque fois cinq suspects, et il faut retrouver le coupable en s'appuyant sur ce qu'ils disent.

- Change Maker
Pour familiariser des élèves de primaire avec les pièces américaines, anglaises et canadiennes, tout en leur faisant utiliser des maths simples.

- Ways of Knowing Trail
"Visit a rain forest in the village of Epulu in central Africa to get to know the people and animals who live there. Some local kids will help you learn the secrets of the Ways of Knowing Trail." (from the site). Ce jeu interactif s'adresse à des élèves qui comprennent assez d'anglais pour lire les différentes propositions, les comprendre et en déduire l'action suivante. Il est vraiment passionnant et pourra tenir des élèves en haleine aussi bien qu'un de leurs jeux vidéo favoris.... ( à partir de la 4ème)

- Mugsy's Meadow games
Ce site pour enfants produit par une chaine de bricolage propose des ressources intéressantes, basées sur la compréhension orale:
* des élèves de niveau intermédiaire peuvent regarder le dessin animé (watch the cartoon). Il n'y a pas de script, mais le texte est facile à comprendre, et contient des expressions idiomatiques répétées à plusieurs reprises et faciles à retenir, avec la bonne prononciation!
* Beginners and lower intermediates can enjoy reading and hearing the interactive story (the same in the different sections), and learn some vocabulary, such as the name of some tools. Then they can play to discover the tools in the hidden picture or in the word seach (difficult), and produce sentences like : "the saw is hidden in the roof".

- The Never Ending Tale
Ce jeu comme on en trouvait dans les années 80/90 fonctionne toujours : les élèves (niveau 5ème minimum) lisent le début d'une histoire, puis font des choix pour la poursuivre. Ils peuvent aussi commencer leur propre histoire. Ce jeu peut faire l'objet d'une travail entre deux classes, ou entre groupes délèves. Il permet de réfléchir aux rôles des personnages et à la structure d'une histoire et de travailler en inter-disciplinarité avec un collègue de français et/ou un ou des partenaires à distance. Lorsque ce sont les élèves qui le construisent, ils peuvent alors le faire à tous niveaux, et même des groupes de débutants peuvent participer.

- Page de ressources
Vous pouvez aussi choisir un des nombreux jeux sélectionnés par notre collègue Michèle Henry de l'académie de Nancy-Metz.

Other ideas
- How to Survive 5th grade?
une idée d'activité créatrice, qui permet aussi de faire un bilan de l'année. Les élèves vont produire un documetn qui présente l'année qu'ils viennent de vivre aux élèves qui vont y entrer l'an prochain.
Ils peuvent y triater tous els thèmes qui leurs paraissent utiles : des conseils pratiques sur la cantine ou les déplacements dans l'établissement, des infos sur les profs et leurs attentes, ou plus scolairement des infos sur le niveau attendu pour bien aborder l'année, comment travailler, des fiches qu'ils ont produites, etc.[...]

- Who's in the Bag?
les élèves mettent dans un sac des travaux qu'ils ont réalisés cette année, les tirent au hasard, et disent en quoi ce travail a été intéressant, mémorable, utile, difficile, instructif, etc.

- End of the year Refreshers
C'est la fin de l'année, les élèves sont fatigués de la routine. Surprenez-les avec ces activités un peu différentes, qui vont apporter une nouvelle vie à vos cours...

- Learn to the last minute activities
Des suggestions d'activités pour maintenir l'attention des élèves jusqu'à la dernière minute.[...]

Dans les archives
lots of end of year activities are available online. See the archives of the Café pédagogique n°63, 51, 52:

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