BTS CG1 – 2019/20

Friday, June 12th

Some news from Trevor Noah in lockdown mode (more about Trevor Noah here)

Wednesday, June 10th

Oral Exam Ressources

probable questions : 

  • What can you tell me about your work placement (GB) / internship (US)?
  • Why did you choose to study accounting?
  • What are your plans for next year?
  • What would be your dream job?
  • What type of company would you like to work in?
  • Would you choose rather a less-paid job in a small firm in the country or a better-paid job in a big city?
  • What kind of specialty do you prefer in the vast field of accounting?
  • Have you ever travelled abroad?
  • Would you like to travel abroad, and if so, where to?
  • Would you consider living abroad?
  • What can you tell about some of your hobbies and interests?

TOUS LES SUJETS DE LA SESSION 2018

suggestion de plan de commentaire

Commenting on a press article

vocabulaire utile

les chiffres, les nombres, la monnaie…

Thursday, May 13th

Read this article from the Guardian (either download the PDF or read it online) and comment using this form.

Wednesday, April 15th

One sure way to improve your English is to finally KNOW and USE the infamous irregular Verbs, nothing to send me here, but you can impress me (or any other English teacher or examiner) later !

Tuesday, April 7th

Fire Coming Out of a Monkey’s Head is a song by Gorillaz that I thought would be interesting to study in this time of crisis, and also now that we know that the exams are cancelled. Simply follow the link.

Wednesday, March 25th

I sent you a message on Eclat about writing a bit of English about your life during the containment. Install the app (Eclat) it’s easier for messages.

Monday, March 16th

A) Personal oral presentation

At HOME you will record your presentation using your mobile phone (or a computer with a microphone) and Vocaroo.

COPY the address of the Vocaroo audio file using the icon shown by the black arrow and then PASTE it into this contact form, SEND it to me by March 25th.

B) Watch carefully these two videos and select some useful phrases and vocabulary.

Friday, March 13th

The Guardian, Coronavirus facts

Friday, February 21st

Choose a subject for an personal ORAL 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 DuckDuckGo.
  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.

Wednesday, February 19th

Paperman

To keep doing something

They keep playing with their phones during class.

⁃ It kept raining during the holidays.

  • bring 
  • try
  • make
  • fold
  • send
  • throw
  • crash
  • miss
  • hit
  • push
  • lead

Friday, February 14th

Comment upon exam text 7 using this online form.

Wednesday, February 12th

Exam text n°7-2019: The Issue of Women Being Forced to Wear High Heels at Work Reaches U.K. Parliament

Friday, February 7th

  1. Il se peut qu’il soit trop tard. => It may be too late.
  2. Elle peut courir longtemps sans se fatiguer. => She can run a long time without getting tired.
  3. Il a pu oublier. => He may have forgotten.
  4. Elle n’a pas pu oublier ! => She can’t have forgotten!
  5. Il peut préférer rester chez lui après tout. => He may prefer staying at home after all.
  6. Ils n’ont pas pu faire une telle erreur ! => They can’t have made such a mistake.
  7. Elle a dû recevoir ma lettre. => She must have received my letter.
  8. Il faut qu’il parte avant la fin de la réunion. => He must go before the end of the meeting.
  9. Ce n’est pas la peine que tu restes. => You don’t need to stay.
  10. Il ne faut pas conduire si vite. => You shouldn’t drive so fast.
  11. Ça ne doit pas être très difficile. => It can’t be too difficult.
  12. Ce n’était pas la peine que tu te presses. => You did not need to hurry.
  13. Vous avez dû rêver. => You must have dreamed (dreamt)
  14. J’ai dû changer un pneu. => I had to change a tyre.
  15. Est-ce qu’ils ont pu le vendre ? => Did they manage to sell it?
  16. Il a fallu qu’il prenne le train de sept heures. => He had to take the 7 O’clock train.
  17. C’était dangereux, il aurait pu se casser un bras. => It was dangerous, he could have broken his arm.
  18. S’il avait dix-huit ans, il pourrait voter. => If he was 18 he could vote.
  19. La tâche des enquêteurs pourrait être difficile. The task of the investigators could be difficult.
  20. Il se pourrait que leur équipe gagne la coupe du monde. => Their team might win the World Cup.

Wednesday, February 5th

  1. Il se peut qu’il soit trop tard.
  2. Elle peut courir longtemps sans se fatiguer.
  3. Il a pu oublier.
  4. Elle n’a pas pu oublier !
  5. Il peut préférer rester chez lui après tout
  6. Ils n’ont pas pu faire une telle erreur !
  7. Elle a dû recevoir ma lettre.
  8. Il faut qu’il parte avant la fin de la réunion.
  9. Ce n’est pas la peine que tu restes.
  10. Il ne faut pas conduire si vite.
  11. Ça ne doit pas être très difficile.
  12. Ce n’était pas la peine que tu te presses.
  13. Vous avez dû rêver.
  14. J’ai dû changer un pneu.
  15. Est-ce qu’ils ont pu le vendre ?
  16. Il a fallu qu’il prenne le train de sept heures.
  17. C’était dangereux, il aurait pu se casser un bras.
  18. S’il avait dix-huit ans, il pourrait voter.
  19. La tâche des enquêteurs pourrait être difficile.
  20. Il se pourrait que leur équipe gagne la coupe du monde.

Reformulez les phrases anglaises suivantes en employant un auxiliaire de modalité.

1. Certainly, Tina knows that smoking is forbidden

Tina must (modal = certainly) know that smoking is forbidden

2. Certainly, Tina knew that smoking was forbidden.

Tina must have known that smoking was forbidden.

3. It is possible that Tina didn’t know that smoking was forbidden.

Tina may not have known that smoking was forbidden.

4. The Masked Avengers were probably the best band at the concert.

The Masked Avengers must have been the best band at the concert.

5. Brian forgot his own address. That’s incredible.

Brian can’t have forgotten his own address!

6. Perhaps she is right after all.

She may be right after all.

7. It is probable that the fire started in the kitchen.

The fire must have started in the kitchen.

Friday, January 31st

Online exercises:

  1. Exercise 1
  2. Exercise 2
  3. Exercise 3
  4. Exercise 4

Wednesday, January 29th

Wednesday, January 22nd

Suits, a tv series – episode 1, season 1 (definition of the word “suit”).

Friday, January 17th

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!

Wednesday, January 15th

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 / commas

Friday, January 10th GrA&GrB

you may also use this time (some or all) to send again your work about The Circle via this new contact page.

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.

  1. Accounting Assistant Résumé
  2. Accounts Clerk Résumé

Wednesday, January 8th

With my very best wishes for 2020.

Why Study Accounting

Friday, December 20th + HOMEWORK

To watch The Circle with English and/or French Subtitles, click here.

Write a review about The Circle (2017) – 300 words (+/- 10%)

  1. The good review about The Circle
  2. The bad review about The Circle
  3. Use this worksheet as a guideline
  4. Don’t forget your personal view about the film and about the issues raised by the film too!
  5. Send me the results by December 30th => copy and paste in the form here.

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Wednesday, December 18th

The Circle (2017)

Friday, December 13th Gr. A & B

DJI Mavic drone, a fill-in the blanks exercise with a video.

Wednesday, December 11th

The Circle (2017)

Friday, December 6th – Gr. A&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, December 4th

Translate into English

  • 1.Rachel a travaillé chez Ford comme comptable pendant 7 ans.
  • 2.Rachel a travaillé chez Ford comme comptable pendant 7 ans avant de trouver une opportunité intéressante chez Google.
  • 3.En ce moment, Ellen habite New York, avant de déménager pour Tokyo pour travailler sur un tout nouveau projet.
  • 4.John habite à Seattle, il adore cette ville.
  • 5.Pendant les vacances, il va souvent dans les Montagnes Rocheuses.
  • 6.Summer habite à Cupertino depuis 2 ans.
  • 7.Summer habite à Cupertino depuis 2017.
  • 8.Summer habite à Cupertino depuis qu’elle a trouvé du travail chez Apple.
  • 9.Summer a habité à Chicago pendant 3 ans.
  • 10.Patrick a surtout fait de la saisie de données pendant son stage qui a duré 6 semaines.
  • 11.Lucinda va aller vivre à Londres pendant 5 ans pour faire des études de comptabilité afin de devenir expert comptable.

Friday, November 29th – Gr. A&B

2. Then do this activity about a cartoon.

Wednesday, November 27th

An overview of the English Tense System

Friday, November 22nd – Gr. A&B

The BTS CG oral exam is based on the presentation of a document, here is a worksheet on how to be able to talk about any kind of document. 

Use this form to comment upon the picture above.

Monday, November 20th

Friday, November 15th Gr. A & B

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

if the exercises are too easy for you, or that you get really (really) bored, try reading the latest issue of the WSJ.

Friday, November 8th Gr. A & B

Subject 1 from May 2019