BTS SIO1 – 21/22

Thursday, May 19th

Quizzes : try one or many

Harry Potter

Emoji Country

16 personalities

National Geographic

US States

General Knowledge

Thursday, May 12th

Wired is a monthly American magazine, published in print and online editions, that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. Owned by Condé Nast, it is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has been in publication since March/April 1993. Wired went on to chronicle the evolution of digital technology and its impact on society. Wired quickly became recognized as the voice of the emerging digital culture and a pace setter in print design. (Wikipedia.org)

Take the opportunity to browse through their website and choose 2 (long) articles to read.

Tuesday, May 10th

Translation (Time & Tenses)

Monday, May 9th

Switch to these open-source apps…on Windows, macOS or Linux!

Thursday, May 5th

Discover BBC Learning English.

Monday, May 2nd

Latest wearable tech

22 best things I saw at CES 2022

Top 5 programming languages

Thursday, April 14th

What other operating systems are there besides Windows or Mac?

Chrome OS is a Un-Appreciated Masterpiece

Thursday, March 31st

Brush-up your grammar, choose some items either from Beginner to pre-intermediate or from Intermediate to upper intermediate.

Monday, March 28th

MKBHDExplained!

Does Fast Charging ACTUALLY Ruin Your Battery?

Blue Bubbles vs Green Bubbles

The Tesla Bot

Thursday, March 24th

vocabulaire BTS tertiaire

Business Magazine // British Council Learning English => Choose ONE topic, read carefully and do the TASKS

Tuesday, March 22nd

videos about some recurring themes at the exam

Green Computing

Choosing an OS for your computer

Tablets versus Laptops

Monday, March 21st

Takes notes ! This is exactly the type of general advice that you should be able to deliver on the day of the exam.

Cyber Security In 7 Minutes

Cybersecurity 101 at WVU

Thursday, March 17th

oral presentation => who’s next?

Writing activity: how to write a personal profile

Monday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 15th

Sujet d’écrit, BTS tertiaires 2019

Thursday, March 10th

Start with the test here and call me when you’re done.

Tuesday, March 8th

YouTube.com – How Does the Internet Work? – Glad You Asked / VOX : For most of us, the internet is virtual, made of Instagram posts, emails and YouTube videos. And, access to the vital utility isn’t guaranteed across the world. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram wants to know: What is the internet actually made of? And, how does it work? Answering that question involves discovering how internet cables are laid in the sea, if 5G is really the future, and how balloons in the stratosphere are helping people connect.

YouTube.com – 50 Years Of The Internet – BBC Click : The internet turns 50. To celebrate, we talk to its creator, Vint Cerf, to get his views on what his creation has become and where it is heading.

Tuesday, March 1st

Monday, February 28th

From The Guardian : Russia unleashed data-wiper malware on Ukraine, say cyber experts

Thursday, February 10th

Get ready for the oral presentation and conversation on March 3rd.

Monday, February 7th and Tuesday 8th

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K-PAX, on Wikipedia and on IMDB, and the review by Roger Ebert.

Tuesday, February 1st

The Google PageRank algorithm a class handout from The University of Stanford.

Monday, January 31st

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms. In this BBC documentary, mathematics professor Marcus Du Sautoy reveals the hidden world of algorithms and how these 2,000-year-old problem solvers work.

Thursday, January 27th

  • sujet zero n°1 
  • => prepare the notes you would need on the day of the exam

    Monday, January 24th and Tuesday, 25th

    l’examen oral

    Tuesday, January, 18th

    Send a couple of lines from either a summary or the beginning of your screenplay/book/gameplan.

    Use this contact page

    Collaborative Pad

    Monday, January 10th and 17th

    Writing a story using a worksheet to collect all the useful elements and following the traditional pattern (12 stages) presented in the video (January 3rd) and summed up below:

    Thursday, January 6th

    26 Computers and Internet Magazines (October 2021) choose one to download and read

    + oral presentations

    Monday, January 3rd 2022

    Writing a story using a worksheet to collect all the useful elements and following the traditional pattern (12 stages) presented in the video below:

    YouTube player

    Thursday, December 16th – Gr.A, Gr.B

    The oral presentation will take place as a one to one session with the teacher and will start in January.

    • 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 bring some pictures or a very short video clip on your phone (but no slides, there are no slides during the exam)
    6. => you need about 300 words to talk for a few minutes.

    Monday, December 13th

    Apple is Revolutionising Low Power Computing and No Other Brand Has an Answer to It

    Thursday, December 9th

    Almost a dictation, about airpods, the first commercial when they got released/launched.

    The voice is that of Jony Ive, long-time Apple designer and one of the most celebrated designer today.

    Tuesday, December 7th

    YouTube player

    Make a detailed list of specifications (specs) for each of these 7 gadgets.

    Monday, December 6th

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

    Build sentences

    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.

    Thursday, December 2nd – Gr.A, Gr.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,
    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 bring some pictures or a very short video clip on your phone (but no slides, there are no slides during the exam)
    6. => you need about 300 words to talk for a few minutes.

    The oral presentation will take place as a one to one session with the teacher and will start in January.

    Tuesday, November 30th

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

    Allan ……… songs to impress girls when he was a teenager.

    Allan …………………… for years on this old typewriter.

    Allan …………………… , be quiet!

    Allan …………………… three novels before becoming famous.

    Allan ……………………poetry, he is a poet.

    Allan (also) ……………………six novels.

    Allan ……………………his fourth novel when he got the Booker prize.

    Allan …………………… for years when at last a publisher phoned him.

    Allan WRITES poetry, he is a poet. PRESENT
    Allan IS WRITING.Be quiet! PRSENT
    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

    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, 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 :

    • 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

    The Modals: online exercises

    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).

    YouTube player

    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

    YouTube player
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    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.
    YouTube player

    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

    YouTube player

    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 shorDoes Fast Charging ACTUALLY Ruin Your Battery?t-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

    YouTube player
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    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.
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