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Édition du 15-12-2006

- Christine Reymond -

- A la Une : Casino Royale and how to become a real James Bond

About the film : Casino Royale
In this edition of Entertainment, BBC Learning reviews the new James Bond film, Casino Royale. How does it compare to earlier films and what is the actor Daniel Craig like in his first performance as 007.[...]
you can also listen to this review on Radio Five ( you hear the full emission (15mn), so it will need some editing if you want to use it in class.)
Here is the official website of the film
and here is the written review from the BBC[...]
an several other reviews: (credits and trailers) (reviews)[...] (videos of interviews)

Audio document about "real James Bonds"
the BBC offers aninteresting audio document in London Extras about "real James Bonds". You can download the programme, read the script,[...]
and also visit the sites of the British secret services:
Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI16), also available in French
MI5 : have a look at "the threats", "how you can help" and "careers"

A day in the life of a member of the MI15 : in the "career" section, you can discover the different jobs : they are mainly IT technicians and linguists. Here is the day of a female linguist.
and here is the description of a job available only until December the 6th (with a link to the application form)
See also in the section "how the Service does its work" the page presenting the "methods of gathering intelligence"

SIS or MI16
Or you may choose a career in the MI16: see the "who are we?" and "what we do" sections (also available in French)
- what it requires
- and the descriptions of the careers : there are also the IT techicians and the linguists, but you can also read a description of careers as an operational officer, including profile, training, and the application process

Read this comprehensive page about how to become a secret agent at the US Central Intelligence Agency[...][...]
you can compare the two British sites to the US site of the CIA
- compare the myth and legends
Myth and reality about MI16 agents
- see the jobs there (IT technicians and linguists again, but also scientists and "national clandestine service"!)
- take the CIA personality test (the questions are thrilling and the answers disappointing, to deflate the myths, but note that the answers they give don't take into account the answer you ticked...and this is very disappointing too!)
- read about the life of real people who chose this career
- and here are the conditions to apply (you may note that the CIA's position about drug using is more restrictive than for the MI16)

Here is the page of the National Security Agency
the career page is mainly orientated towards business, math and languages
but if you dig deeper, you end up on this page about investigators
and here is the description of the qualifications required:
" Ideal candidates should possess poise, confidence, and a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from an accredited college or university. Investigators are expected to learn the use of interrogative techniques to resolve adjudicative issues; gain knowledge of significant suitability issues, counterintelligence indicators, and NSA policies and regulations. "

How to become a real James Bond
Using these resources, our colleague Valérie Gély has created a teaching unit for her class of terminale (last year of secondary school). Discover this outstanding work:[...]

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- Consultation sur le projet de programme du Palier 2

Commencez par lire le préambule, qui concerne toutes les langues:[...]
Vous en trouverez un commentaire dans la page langues vivantes:

Le programme d'anglais est tout aussi passionnant : j'aimerais que mes secondes sachent faire tout ça...sans parler de mes terminales STI!
Le programme culturel est détaillé, mais les pistes données pourraient facilement entrer dans le "vivre ensemble" de seconde. Espérons qu'un nouveau programme de seconde plus précis permettra de disciper cette ambiguïté. Par contre, les trois pôles d'activités languagières présentent des contenus précis, bien décrits avec des exemples clairs et analysés dans des tableaux qui mettent en regard la production, la formulation, et les compétences culturelles, lexicales, grammaticales et phonologiques. Par exemple, pour la production orale, il est agréable de voir que le "classroom English" perd sa forme "scolaire" (I've forgotten my book) pour devenir de la vraie communication (try to take notes!, any questions so far?) et que toutes les situations de communication dans le cadre de l'école sont considérées : en salle informatique (vers le B2i), en voyage, en famille, entre pairs, en continu, etc.
Bien que basé sur le CECRL, ce document ne nous noie pas comme le cadre sous des termes didactiques complexes ni des sigles. Ici pas de compétence orthoépique ni de PPC ou PPI, les choses sont dites et décrites clairement et simplement. Quant à la grammaire, les formulations sont stables : have + Ven; be au passé + Ving; have to + BV.[...]

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- Spot the difference

Young students like this activity, and when you do it in English, they will practice position vocabulary without effort. Here are some pages recommended by Michèle Henry, ou colleague from Nancy-Metz,12694,9[...] (difficult)[...] (with solutions) (class situation to comment upon!)[...] (easy, plus type the answers and read if you spotted them right.)

- Online advent Calendars

Advent Calendars are a strong tradition in English speaking countries, and the children love opening a window every day and discovering a surprise. You can do this in your class too, and project the calendar everyday, to discover with your students the surprise of the day. Here are some:
- Each day in December, click on this online, interactive advent calendar to learn of Christmas customs in different lands.[...]
- Tate's advent calendar : the Cat who laughed. Have a look at a calendar from a previous year to have an idea of what it's like, and discover different stories:
- A very religious one, but you may enjoy the recipes. And after all, advent IS religious!
- and a page of links to find some more calendars[...]

- Online Games

Alyne Piazza has discovered this site for teens full of games.
The youngest may enjoy "decorate your room" and learn the name of the rooms and pieces of furniture as they play.
Older students may enjoy making poems with "poetry slam" or learning how to manage their money with "making cents of her life"

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- Dates à ne pas manquer en décembre

December 20th : Boston Tea party
"The Boston Tea Party: Costume Optional?" est une séquence destinée aux CM anglophones, proposée dans la lettre LII New This Week du 7 décembre.
Il vise à découvrir ce qui s'est réellement apssé ce jour là, propose des tâches autour du thème, et des liens vers des documetns et des sites de ressources.
From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.

Hanukkah (Jewish celebration, dec 15th-22nd)
Que signifie cette fête?
activities, from a teachers' site in israel
LII New This Week nous recommande ce site du Jewish Outreach Institute qui propose de découvrir cette fête et comment elle est célébrée avec des chants, des recettes traditionelles et un jeu virtuel d dreidel.
Chag sameach! (Happy holidays!)

Kwanzaa (African American celebration, dec 26th, jan1st)
Découvrez cette fête inventée en 1966 par des intellectuels noir américains, et qui a pris la forme d'une fête traditonnelle et ancestrale, avec ses rituels, un jeune, des objets spécifiques. Ils ont même décidé de donner à la fête un thème particulier chaque année.
Pour 2006, c'est "NGUZO SABA" "The Principles and Practice of Bringing Good Into the World".
Official Kwanzaa Site
Kwanzaa explained to children
History of Kwanzaa[...]
Everything about Kwanzaa
What is Kwanzaa

- L'anglais de l'automobile

Communiqué de presse du 17 novembre 2007: "Lancement de modules interactifs gratuits pour la formation à l'anglais automobile.
L' ANFA, Association Nationale pour la Formation Automobile, met à disposition sur son site internet un nouvel outil pédagogique en anglais professionnel automobile.
Créée dans le cadre de la convention de partenariat avec le ministère de l'Education nationale, cet outil a été construit avec l'appui d'enseignants formant les jeunes aux métiers de l'automobile.
Il propose, sous une forme interactive, des textes sonorisés, des rappels de grammaire et plus de 80 exercices.
Organisé sous la forme de 28 modules de formation thématiques, cet outil permet à l'enseignant de construire une approche modulaire des apprentissages et d'individualiser les parcours de formation.
Ces modules multimédias de formation, contextualisés automobile, ont été conçus à l'attention des jeunes préparant un Bac Pro en maintenance (automobile, moto et véhicule industriel) ou en carrosserie-peinture. Ils peuvent également être proposés à des publics en fin de BEP et en début de formation BTS."

- Cell phones recycling

All teachers teaching technologically orientated students know the outstanding site called "how stuff works". Do you know that they recently added a video section? Of course, at the moment, there are no scripts, but if the students have learnt enough about the topic through the written pages of the site, they will understand the video.
This week's video is about recycling mobile phones, and you can also read pages about what's inside a mobile phone and how it works.[...]
Last week's video was about how drawbridges work, and there are many other.

- France 24 : la nouvelle chaine d'infos

France 24, la nouvelle chaine d'infos française, a été lancée la semaine dernière, en français et en anglais. Elle sera bientôt aussi en arabe, et vise à concurrencer CNN, la BBC et Al Jeezera.
La chaine est encore en construction, et pour l'instant ce qui me plait est que l'on peut encore récupérer les vidéos...
Voici deux thèmes que j'ai remarqués : Fooding et Living on the Moon.

On eTeachnet, our colleague F.W. Arbacette recommends this video about fooding (here to improve canteen food), ending with:
"That's 'le fooding' : the French no fool answer to regimented cuisine"[...]
There is no transcript, and the content about fooding isn't very informative, but I think it gives the world an interesting image of the French, especially the man eating and smoking...;)
video: mms:// EN MG CULT FOODING V2_400.wmv
To get more information read :
- this article written by an American, Moira Chambers, this summer on the Superchef blog : you find the origin of the word fooding and how it was coined, and also that San Pellegrino is a partner (that's why you see the bottle on the tables) and that it is a free buffet lunch, which explains why the man is standing and eating[...]
- and this article from "France Today" which focuses on the new vocabulary and offers explanations and translations for the new or trendy expression. For example : ringard = fuddy-duddy. (for advanced students and all those who want to keep up with the trend.)[...]
You can also add the documents on this page from Séverine Magnin, including a video extract from a programme featuring Jamie Oliver cooking with Tom Cruise[...]

Living on the Moon
In " The week in review" I found this report "US plan base on the moon" with a video. Interesting to include in a teaching unit about living together in the future, or new technologies...[...]
video: mms:// NW PKG NASA 23h_400.wmv
To complement this article you can read:
- this article from the BBC : "how to set a base on the moon" (with a nice drawing presenting an oxygen factory)
article :
- and this page from the NASA about "lunar base design" with lots of information, drawings, projects about the lunar base.[...]

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- Christmas

Ressources de Noël sur les sites des collègues
voici des pages de ressources et de leçons créées par nos collègues:
- pour les débutants[...]
- treasure hunt pour primaire et collège
- une page d'activités utilisables dès la 4ème
- des exercices et des plans de cours et de séquences prêt à l'emploi (50 lesson plans)

Chants de Noël
- un grand choix de chansons traditionelles : lisez les paroles,écoutez la musique(en midi), mais pas de versions chantées.

- Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer
Version chantée à écouter et télécharger en mp3[...]
les paroles et une musique jazzy sympa[...]
l'invention de Rudolf
ce qu'en dit wikipedia[...]
CBS en a fait un personnage d'une série pour enfants. Voyez cet extrait "why don't I fit in" où sont père le force à cacher son nez rouge ' out of self respect'. Un petit dessin animé sympa pour faire réfléchir les élèves sur la différence (discrimination) en anglais et autour de Noël.

L'histoire de la fête de Noël
How Christmas works
Les célébrations de Noël ou équivalent, depuis 'antiquité
Christmas around the world (in 12 countries) .htm
Video : the History of Christmas on History Channel[...]
Urban legends about Christmas (y compris le fait (faux) que la costume rouge du père Noël a été inventé par Coca Cola)[...]
Christmas traditions on the BBC ( des textes de non anglophones de divers pays, qui décrivent leurs traditions locales.Sympa et authentique, en textes courts.)[...]
A history of the American Christmas decade by decade

Littérature : nouvelles de Noël
- By Charles Dickens
Dickens wrote several Christmas stories. The most famous is "A Christmas Carol", but you can also read these other Christmas stories:
A Christmas Tree
What Christmas is as we Grow Older
The Poor Relation's Story
The Child's Story
The Schoolboy's Story
Nobody's Story
"A Christmas Carol" is an interesting way to introduce students to the Victorian way of life. This theme can be linked to Oliver Twist and to Christmas. You can download the full text at:
then here is an excellent page of resources, including several sites of reading notes, learning guides and projects:
and two webquests (remember to go through all the links before you use the webquests because some links are broken and you will have to replace them or suggest another way of completing the task):
A well organised webquest, with students working in teams to perform different roles and study different aspects of the problem: Scrooge is running for Mayor and want to convey what he has learnt to the citizens and help them change things for the better. This webquest includes information from the novel, but also from several online sources of information about life in the Victorian period.
Another webquest, only based on the novel/play. The content and the process are easier and interesting, but I think it needs to be adapted and can't be used as is. The students take the roles of the three ghosts, but the first task each time requires the students to draw a picture of themselves as the ghost, and this is neither useful nor interesting for our ESL students.[...]

- other Christmas stories

Email Santa
Fill in the blanks and send this letter to Santa

Decorate a Christmas tree online
Decorate a Christmas tree online with this Flash-based interactive.

Christmas coloring pages

Christmas Crafts
an see especially the 3D star[...]

Christmas Cooking
Christmas pudding[...]
*** Gingerbread houses 2001gingerbreadhouse.htm (avec photos et conseils pour en construire une)

- A history of Toys and Games
this nice interactive site from History Channel offers both an exhibit on toy and game history, a timeline (4000 B.C. to the 1990s), essays on inventors (such as Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley) and toys (Barbie dolls, crayons, and teddy bears), and a quiz.
- Safety Tips on Toys
Ideas for choosing safe toys for children, organized by age group.

Other sites about Christmas
Easy Fun School (including word search, recipes, coloring pages, ornaments making and other handicrafts)
Printables and coloring pages
Lots of activities and stories
Lots of resources (traditional and a bit patriotic)
a page of links, with tongue twisters, crafts, fingerplays and a lot more:[...]
a page from the White House, including recipes, videos and decorations
Christmas traditions on My Europe[...]
TEFL : lots of activities ready to use in .pdf files. Just enter "Christmas" in the search box

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