BTS SIO1 – 21/22

Tuesday, November 25th 

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

Tuesday, November 23rd

The Passive

Monday, November 22nd

Sujet d’examen écrit au BTS SIO 2017 et proposition de corrigé2

2ème partie => Expression écrite

Thursday, November 18th

finish the exercise about Reported speech (aka indirect speech)

=> online activity to help you with exercise 4

Tuesday, November 16th

Sujet d’examen écrit au BTS SIO 2017 et proposition de corrigé

1ère partie => compréhension

Monday, November 15th

a short-story, The Gun by Philip K. Dick

(material found on Gutenberg.org – Project Gutenberg, a library of over 60,000 free eBooks

Tuesday, November 9th

The Second Renaissance Part I & II, (no subtitles in this version but the transcript is here) from the Animatrix, a prequel to the Matrix trilogy, take also a look at The Three Laws of Robotics which are very relevant to this subject.

It is also a good opportunity to ponder this quotation by Stanley Kubrik the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a famous science fiction film from 1968 based on the writings of Arthur C. Clarke.

One of the fascinating questions that arises in envisioning computers more intelligent than men is at what
point machine intelligence deserves the same consideration as biological intelligence. Once a computer
learns by experience as well as by its original programming, and once it has access to much more
information than any number of human geniuses might possess, the first thing that happens is that you
don’t really understand it anymore, and you don’t know what it’s doing or thinking about. You could be
tempted to ask yourself in what way is machine intelligence any less sacrosanct than biological
intelligence, and it might be difficult to arrive at an answer flattering to biological intelligence.
in Stanley Kubrick Directs, 1971.

Monday, November 8th

Reported speech (aka indirect speech)

HOMEWORK to be handed in by Friday, November 12th

The aim behind watching The Circle (the link opens to IMDB.com – the American equivalent of AlloCiné.fr) is to write a film review about it, here you may find a few tips about writing a film review. This review (400 words +/- 10% – please indicate it) is to be handed in the week after the Autumn holidays, simply paste the text in my contact page).

If you need to watch The Circle again, it’s here.

Thursday, October 21st – Gr.A, Gr.B

Choose a subject for an oral personal presentation (before Xmas) :

  • 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,
  2. Google is mainly going to give you results in French, try another search engine called Duckduckgo which can be easily switched to another language and location => https://duckduckgo.com/settings
  3. => compile a long list of elements (nouns, adjectivesVERBS, phrases, sentences etc. Store this list ONLINE.
  4. => prepare your presentation using the collected material
  5. => you may add some pictures or a very short video clip (but no slides) to help your audience focus and understand
  6. => you need about 300 words to talk for a few minutes.

Tuesday, October 19th and Monday, 18th

Watching The Circle (see Tuesday, October 12th)

Thursday, October 14th – Gr.A, Gr.B

  1. Exercise 1
  2. Exercise 2
  3. Exercise 3
  4. Exercise 4
  5. Exercise 5
  6. Exercise 6

Tuesday, October 12th

The aim behind watching The Circle (the link opens to IMDB.com – the American equivalent of AlloCiné.fr) is to write a film review about it, here you may find a few tips about writing a film review. This review (400 words +/- 10% – please indicate it) is to be handed in the week after the Autumn holidays, simply paste the text in my contact page).

Monday, October 11th

The modals (exercises formes de type présent A et formes de type prétérit C)

Traduisez en privilégiant l’utilisation d’un modal, une forme de substitution sera parfois nécessaire.

  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.

Thursday, October 7th

Describe the picture above by filling in this form.

Tuesday, October 5th

The modals (simple chart to be completed with elements from the complete chart below).

The modals (complete chart)

Monday, October 4th

Tech Trends for 2022

Thursday, September 30th GrA&B

  1. Watch the following video (watch the video once WITHOUT the subtitles (CC = closed captioning), then a second time WITH the subtitles. If the video is still difficult to understand, you may download the CC using https://www.nitrxgen.net/youtube_cc/ and then copy and paste the text to Deepl.com.

2. read the article from which the video was extracted and take notes about IoT (enough notes to be able to explain what IoT is, how it works and present some of its uses.

Tuesday, September 28th

Monday, September 27th

Reading Tartan, a short-story by George Mackay Brown.

Thursday, September 23rd GrA&B

Take some notes while doing the exercise, don’t write EVERYTHING but write SOMETHING!

  1. Word formation
  2. Compound adjectives
  3. Compound nouns
  4. False friends

Tuesday, September 21st

Reading Tartan, a short-story by George Mackay Brown.

Visualizing the scene by drawing elements. The scene takes place in the north of Scotland, near Durness and it looks like this when the weather is good!

Monday, September 19th

Translation & Tenses

Thursday, September 16th

about MKBHD

Tuesday, September 14th

a written exam subject to download based on the online article found on ArsTechnica.

Monday, September 13th

a written exam subject to download based on the online article found on ArsTechnica.

Thursday, September 9th Gr B

Use the 8 forms of DRINK to complete the following sentences.

  1. He…………………… on Saturday night with his friends Bill and James.
  2. He ……………………  whisky now, that’s really not like him.
  3. He …………………… at the time his wife left him.
  4. He …………………… before he finally left the pub.
  5. He…………………… . He is an alcoholic.
  6. He ……………………. Look at him, he is in such a state!
  7. He …………………… before he drove home!
  8. He …………………… three pints of Guinness.

Thursday, September 9th Gr A

Basics

  1. Howlers – most common mistakes to avoid
  2. numbers and figures (to train yourself at home use this)
  3. comparatives and superlatives
  4. useful vocabulary
  5. Hardware? Keyboard? On-screen? Action?

Tuesday, September 7th

An overview of the English Tense System

Monday, September 6th

  1. General introduction
  2. Référentiel BTS SIO complet à télécharger
  3. a short history of the English Language.