BTS SIO 1 2017-18

Tuesday, May 22nd

Take Meghan Markle’s UK citizenship test

Monday, May 7th

Artemis, a lunar novel by Andy Weir.

Friday, May 4th

TechCrunch Youtube Channel

Monday, April 30th

Reading Time, download the EPUB (ebook) version of the novel behind the new Splielberg film : Ready Player One

Tuesday, April 24th

PC Magazine April 2018 issue , browse and read the articles which catch your attention

Friday, April 6th

Tuesday, April 3rd 

Explore and read:

Wirecutter: Why We Love the Raspberry Pi

The Guardian view on the Raspberry Pi: small is beautiful

Raspberry Pi: Top 31 projects to try yourself

Raspberry Pi projects: 20 of the best projects to try on the Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer

Friday, March 29th

Fujitsu / Cyber Security Top Threats

Fortune // Ransomware

TechRadar // CyberGhost

Fortune // How companies employ hackers

Tuesday, March 27th

WARNING: these tests are not to be considered for their scientific and technological value but as a language exercise!!!

  1. Computer Quiz
  2. QUIZ: Do you know more about computers than an 11-year-old?
  3. Quiz: What do you know about technology in 2017?
  4. Advanced Computer Quiz
  5. Another Computer Quiz
  6. The PCman’s Online Computer Quiz 1
  7. The PC Hardware Nerd Quiz


Monday, March 26th

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Film review by Roger Ebert

Friday, March 23rd

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Tuesday, March 20th

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe and read by Christopher Lee.

Translation by Charles Baudelaire.

Monday, March 19th

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Friday, March 16th

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

for more background:

Tuesday, March 13th

BBC Learning English : Drones

Monday, March 12th

 3 structures
– To prevent S1 from doing Smthg
Empècher qq1 de faire qqch.
– To make S1 do Smthg
Faire faire qqch à qq1
– (Not) to want S1 to do Smthg
(Ne pas) vouloir que qq1 fasse qqch.

Eminem – Guilty Conscience

Friday, March 9th


Tuesday, March 6th

Some reading and some questions on a different subject for a change : Bob Marley and Rastafari

Monday, March 5th

From the word to the paragraph.

1. Durrells / the / holidays / on / be
2. Corfu / they / on / be
3. They /a / large / live / villa/ in
4. receive / they / a / letter
5. a / it / long / be / letter
6. Hermione / it / great / be / from / Aunt
7. and / she / come /want / to / with / stay / them
8. not / she / in / good / be / health
9. advise / a / doctors/ her / climate / warm

1.The Durrells were on holidays.
2.They were on Corfu.
3.They were living in a large villa.
4.They received a letter.
5.It was a long letter.
6.It was from great Aunt Hermione.
7.She wanted to come and stay with them.
8.She was not in good health.
9.Her doctors (had) advised a warm climate.

Make one long sentence out of all these short ones, using:

as / while / because / who and commas.

Possible solution:
While the Durrells were on holidays in Corfu, living in a large villa, they received a long letter from great Aunt Hermione who wanted to come and stay with them because her doctors had advised a warm climate as she was not in good health.

Friday, March 2nd

Tuesday, February 27th

Compréhension de l’écrit – test 1test 2     (tell me the result)

Compréhension de l’oral – exercice 1exercice 2 – exercice 3 – exercice 4

Monday, February 26th

an article from the WSJ

Friday, February 9th

Discovering and browsing

Tuesday, February 6th

Irregular Verbs

Monday, February 5th



Friday, February 2nd

Tuesday, January 30th


  1. HTML
  2. CSS
  3. PHP
  4. MySQL
  5. Networking
  6. Logic

Monday, January 29th

Task: you are asked by a large retail store to produce a leaflet explaining “How To Choose a Computer”

=> possible solution => WikiHow = How to choose a computer

Friday, January 26th

Test :

Tuesday, January 23rd

A matching exercise based on a glossary of computer-related terms.


Monday, January 22nd

Task: you are asked by a large retail store to produce a leaflet explaining “How To Choose a Computer”

=> 250 words   (we will go back to this activity next Monday)

Friday, January 19th


Tuesday, January 16th

English for emails: skip some of the first items or tasks if you find them too easy and/or too repetitive but do as many units as you can!

Monday, January 15th

Allan WRITES poetry, he is a poet. PRESENT
Allan HAS also WRITTEN six novels.PRESENT
Allan HAS BEEN WRITING for years on this old typewriter.PRESENT

Allan WROTE songs to impress girls when he was a teenager.PAST
Allan WAS WRITING his fourth novel when he got the Booker prize.PAST
Allan HAD WRITTEN three novels before becoming famous.PAST
Allan HAD BEEN WRITING for years when at last a publisher phoned him.PAST

Friday, January 12th

Tuesday, January 9th

Online test

Monday, January 8th

Google and Amazon vs Apple // Business insider

with my very best wishes for 2018

Tuesday, December 19th

Writing a 200 word review about The Circle (2017)

  1. The good review about The Circle
  2. The bad review about The Circle
  3. Use this worksheet as a guideline
  4. You may use to help you.
  5. Don’t forget your personal view about the film and about the issues raised by the film too!
  6. Send me the results here.

Monday, December 18th

The Circle (2017)

Friday, December 12th

The Circle (2017)

Tuesday, December 12th

Read the online graphic novel Madaya Mom, if the link doesn’t work download the pdf file.

Some more background about Madaya Mom with an article from The Guardian.

Monday, December 11th 

BTS SIO test compte rendu

Tuesday, December 5th 

  1. Read this text which makes abundant use of the passive
  2. Do this exercise
  3. Finish the worksheet

Monday, December 4th 

The Passive

Friday, December 1st 

I drove BMW’s prototype self-driving 5 series, and then it drove me

Tuesday, November 28th – Gr.A, Gr.B

Use these handouts as reference : Simple Tense Chart / Complete Tense Chart


Monday, November 27th 

Exercises – Tenses

Friday, November 24th


Monday, November 20th 

TENSES simple chart (study)

Exercises – Tenses

Tuesday, November 14th – Gr.A, Gr.B

  1. Exercise 1
  2. Exercise 2
  3. Exercise 3
  4. Exercise 4
  5. Translation using modals, to go further have a look at : The modals (complete chart)

Monday, November 13th

 The modals

Friday, November 10th

From The Guardian : The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’

Tuesday, November 7th – Gr.A, Gr.B

finish the work on the Reported Speech

=> check what you did using this activity.

Monday, November 6th

Reported Speech

Holiday Homework : 

Choose a subject for an oral personal presentation :

  • something you like
  • something you know about
  • something which can be talked about in English
  1. => search the web IN ENGLISH for information and vocabulary, compile a long list of elements (nouns, adjectivesVERBS, phrases, sentences etc.
  2. => prepare your presentation using the collected material
  3. => you may add some pictures or a bit of sound (but no video) to help your audience focus and understand
  4. => you need about 300 words to talk for a few minutes.

Friday, October 20th

Watching K-PAX part 3

Tuesday, October 17th – Gr.A, Gr.B

  1. a fill-in the blanks exercise based on a re-writing of Tartan using Morag’s point of view.
  2. what makes a hero? TED ed

Monday, October 16th

Watching K-PAX  part 2

Friday, October 13th

Watching K-PAX

Tuesday, October 10th – Gr.A, Gr.B


  1. numbers and figures
  2. comparatives and superlatives
  3. useful vocabulary


Email me a 150 word reading report about the October issue of PC Magazine. (

Monday, October 9th

The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science

raspberry pi 3 specs / features (The Raspberry Pi 3 now features an integrated wifi chip)

SoC: Broadcom BCM2837
CPU: 4× ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2GHz
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV
RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 (900 MHz)
Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy
Storage: microSD
GPIO: 40-pin header, populated
Ports: HDMI, 3.5mm analogue audio-video jack, 4× USB 2.0, Ethernet, Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI)

Friday, October 6th

Star Trek Discovery: s01e01

learning Klingon:

Tuesday, October 3rd – Gr.A, Gr.B

Listening comprehension

The Bear and The Dragon by Tom Clancy (American accent, extract from a spy novel)


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling  (British accent, extract from the first chapter of the first volume)

Bonus => you may download the full books in epub formart =>

Monday, October 2nd

Friday, September 29th

Reading a short-story : Tartan.

Tuesday, September 26th – Gr.A, Gr.B

DJI Mavic pro (you will need earphones or headphones)

Watch it on YouTube with the English subtitles (CC).

Monday, September 25th

Reading a short-story : Tartan.

Tuesday, September 19th – Gr.A, Gr.B

Check you English with Brian

Monday, September 18th

Reading a short-story : Tartan.

Friday, September 15th

2017 BTS SIO written exam – documents and correction

Tuesday, September 12th – Gr.A, Gr.B

The English Tense System, a general overview + “wait for the bus”

Monday, September 11th

2017 BTS SIO written exam – documents and correction

Friday, September 8th

The English Tense System, a general overview 

Tuesday, September 5th – Gr.A, Gr.B

General introduction and an outline of the history of the English language

=> reading :