BTS CG1 20/21

Lockdown

Work to be sent by April 21st: use this form to comment upon the following picture

Useful background information to understand the little joke in the title

Monday, March 29th and Wednesday 31st

  1. Howlers – most common mistakes to avoid
  2. numbers and figures (to train yourself at home use this)
  3. useful vocabulary

Monday, March 22nd and Wednesday, 24th

Wednesday March 17th

Comment upon a cartoon

Tuesday, March 16th

Writing poetry

Monday, March 15th

Comment upon a cartoon

Wednesday, March 10th

Change management, a podcast from the British council

Public relations, another podcast from the British Council

Tuesday, March 9th

Keep It Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity

Monday, March 8th

Take a look at the latest issue from The Economist.

The Economist is an international weekly newspaper printed in magazine-format and published digitally that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology. Based in London, England, the newspaper is owned by The Economist Group, with core editorial offices in the United States, as well as across major cities in continental Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The editorial stance of The Economist primarily revolves around classical, social, and most notably, economic liberalism. Since its founding in 1843, it has supported radical centrism, favoring policies and governments that maintain centrist politics. The newspaper typically champions neoliberalism, particularly free markets, free trade, free immigration, deregulation, and globalisation. Despite a pronounced editorial stance, it is seen as having little reporting bias, rigorous fact checking and strict copy editing.Its extensive use of word play, subscription prices, and typical depth of coverage has linked the paper with a high-income and educated readership, drawing both positive and negative connotations in the Western world. In line with this, it claims to have influential readership of prominent business leaders and policy-makers.

From Wikipedia.com

Wednesday, March 3rd

Fill in this form to prepare a commentary about “Keep It Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity

Monday, March 1st

A BBC English Learning series: English at Work

episode 00: an introduction => the video on YouTube

episode 01: The Interview => the video on YouTube

Wednesday, February 24th

Remedial English according to Brian

Monday, February 22nd and Tuesday 23rd

Translate these CVs and Résumés into French and write down the interesting vocabulary. Use Wordreference.com and try to avoid automated translations to properly think about what you read and write. Send your work using this form.

  1. Accounting Assistant Résumé
  2. Accounts Clerk Résumé

Wednesday, February 3rd

Comparatives and superlatives

translate and build

irregular verbs in context

Monday, February 1st and Tuesday 2nd

About MKBHD

Monday, January 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th

Read these articles, then choose what you think are the 3 most important trends and explain each in 50 words, send your work here.

Monday, January 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th

Finish the work about “Gender Equality”, check that you did the exercise about “Airpods” (January 6th) and if so read this article : 5 Predictions for the Future of Accounting in 2021

Monday, January 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th

Start working on a commentary about the picture above using this worksheet. At the end of the week you will send it to me using this form, so work item by item.

You may use some inspiration from the Wikipedia article about Gender pay gap:

The gender pay gap or gender wage gap is the average difference between the remuneration for men and women who are working. Women are generally paid less than men. There are two distinct numbers regarding the pay gap: unadjusted versus adjusted pay gap. The latter takes into account differences in hours worked, occupations chosen, education and job experience. For example, someone who takes time off (e.g. maternity leave) will likely not earn as much as someone who does not take time off from work. Factors like this contribute to lower yearly earnings for women; while the pay gap has narrowed over time, a gender pay gap still exists, even when controlling for these external factors. Unadjusted pay gaps are much higher. In the United States, for example the unadjusted average female’s annual salary has commonly been cited as being 78% of the average male salary, compared to 88-93% for the adjusted average salary for college graduates.
The reasons for lower pay include both individual choice and other innate and external factors. An example of a voluntary choice is choosing to work part-time when full-time employment is available. An example of an involuntary choice is working a low-skill job because of an inability to access higher education. An example of an external factor is discrimination.
The gender pay gap can be a problem from a public policy perspective even when the reason for the gap is entirely voluntary, because it reduces economic output and means that women are more likely to be dependent upon welfare payments, especially in old age.

Wednesday, January 6th

A dictation in English: Airpods by Jony Ive, the exercise is here and if you need to view the video separately it is here.

Tuesday, January 5th

Quizzes about your relationship to technologies:

The quizzes are not interesting in themselves but they offer plenty of useful vocabulary and colloquialism often used to talk about the use of technologies in the office which is a common theme in the texts of the exam, so take notes!

Monday, January 4th

How to Start an Accounting Business

Select 20 phrases (French = expressions) which you find interesting to learn for your studies, list them, record them somewhere for future reference, and then send them to me using this form.

Record your oral presentations to send them by Monday, December 21st at the latest!

From Wednesday, November 18th Gr A & B:

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, (use another search engine (such as Duckduckgo) to get results in English)
  2. => compile a long list of elements (nouns, adjectivesVERBS, phrases, sentences etc. Store this list ONLINE.
  3. => prepare your presentation using the collected material
  4. => you may add some pictures or a bit of sound (but no video) to help your audience focus and understand
  5. => you need about 300 words to talk for a few minutes.
  6. => passage à l’oral à partir de la semaine du 7 décembre

Tuesday, November 17th

The Modals : ce cours sera repris dans son intégralité pour l’autre groupe la semaine prochaine, et je mettrais la documentation en ligne ensuite.

Monday, November 16th Gr A

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, November 9th Gr B

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!

Wednesday, November 4th Gr B

Noms composés

Adjectifs composés

Repérage des préfixes et suffixes

Tuesday, November 3rd

Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials. These include national, state, and local government representatives at all levels up to the president.

The US Electoral System explained.

Latest Daily Show episode with Trevor Noah.

Wednesday, October 14th Gr A

you need to work with 2 windows side-by-side (one for the sound, the other for the exercise, or you may listen to the sound file on your smartphone)

The Bear and The Dragon by Tom Clancy – American accent + extract from a spy novel – you may download the mp3 file or listen to it directly below.

and/or

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – British accent – extract from the first chapter of the first volume – you may download the mp3 file or listen to it directly below.

Tuesday, October 13th

Suits, a tv series – episode 1, season 1 (definition of the word “suit”), in the original version with English subtitles.

Monday, October 12th

Watch the two videos below and write a concise presentation for each, you may also collect some vocabulary and phrases (expressions) which you find interesting and useful.

Wednesday, October 7th Gr B

you need to work with 2 windows side-by-side (one for the sound, the other for the exercise, or you may listen to the sound file on your smartphone)

The Bear and The Dragon by Tom Clancy – American accent + extract from a spy novel – you may download the mp3 file or listen to it directly below.

and/or

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – British accent – extract from the first chapter of the first volume – you may download the mp3 file or listen to it directly below.

Tuesday, October 6th

Working backwards! Look at these comprehension questions and use them to create a story. Then give your story a title.

  1. Where did Tony first meet Sandra?
  2. How old was he? How old was she?
  3. Did Tony know how to dance?
  4. Who taught him?
  5.  What was Sandra wearing at the dance?
  6. Who was she talking to in a dark corner of the disco?
  7. Who took Sandra home after the dance?
  8. Where did Tony and Sandra meet again two days later?
  9. How often did they see each other?
  10. What was Sandra’s father job?
  11. What was his attitude to Tony?
  12. How long was it before Tony and Sandra saw each other again?
  13. How was their meeting arranged?
  14. Why was Tony surprised when he saw Sandra?
  15. Did Sandra’s father change his mind in the end? Why?

Monday, October 5th Gr.B

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

  1. https://www.englishclub.com/esl-quizzes/grammar-3-for-since.htm
  2. http://englishmaven.org/HP6/Present%20Tense%20Final%20Exam.htm
  3. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/at050-my-piano-lessons.htm
  4. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses-19.htm
  5. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses18.htm
  6. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses17.htm
  7. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all_tenses3.htm
  8. http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs29practicetest.htm
  9. http://examtimequiz.com/english-aptitude-test-on-tenses/

Wednesday, September 30th Gr.B

Irregular Verbs

Tuesday, September 29th

1.	holidays / on / be / Durrells / the
2. on / be / Corfu / they
3. they /a / large / live / villa/ in
4. receive / they / a / letter
5. a / it / long / be / letter
6. great / be / from / Aunt / Hermione / it
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 on Corfu, living in a large villa, they received a 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.

Mike's father is a policeman.
Mike overtook on a double yellow line.
It could have cost Mike his driving licence.
Mike told the officer about his father.
Mike's father happened to work at the same police station.
The policeman just gave him a warning.
Mike thanked him.
Mike reflected that being a policeman's son did have some advantages.

Possible solution
Mike, whose father is a policeman, overtook on a double yellow line, which could have cost him his driving licence if he had not told the officer about his father who happened to work at the same police station. Mike thanked the officer for just giving him a warning and reflected that being a policeman's son did have some advantages.

Monday, September 28th Gr.A

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

  1. https://www.englishclub.com/esl-quizzes/grammar-3-for-since.htm
  2. http://englishmaven.org/HP6/Present%20Tense%20Final%20Exam.htm
  3. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/at050-my-piano-lessons.htm
  4. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses-19.htm
  5. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses18.htm
  6. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all-tenses17.htm
  7. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/all_tenses3.htm
  8. http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs29practicetest.htm
  9. http://examtimequiz.com/english-aptitude-test-on-tenses/

Wednesday, September 23rd Gr.A

Irregular Verbs

Tuesday, September 22nd

Translate focusing on Tenses

Monday, September 21st Gr.B

from The Telegraph – telegraph.co.uk

Describe the picture using this form.

Wednesday, September 16th Gr.B

  1. Howlers – most common mistakes to avoid
  2. numbers and figures (to train yourself at home use this)
  3. useful vocabulary

Tuesday, September 15th

Monday, September 14th Gr.A

from The Telegraph – telegraph.co.uk

Describe the picture using this form.

Wednesday, September 9th Gr.A

  1. Howlers – most common mistakes to avoid
  2. numbers and figures (to train yourself at home use this)
  3. useful vocabulary

Tuesday, September 8th

Monday, September 7th

Wednesday, September 2nd

General introduction

Text 1 from the 2019 exam session.

Text 1 from the 2019 exam session.