English Lit. 1 20/21

Wednesday, February 24th

Record a podcast (audio only) about:

  • 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 need to be able to talk for a few minutes.
  5. => talk, don’t read!

Use Vocaroo to record the podcast and send the link to me via my contact page or my email (pierre@acobas.net), or even Eclat, by Sunday March 14th.

Tuesday, February 23rd

Wednesday, February 3rd

Finish the exercise about Reported Speech, then check your answers.

Download V for Vendetta, the Comic Book, and upload the CBR file here to be able to view it online.

Tuesday, February 2nd

Wednesday, January 20th and 27th

V for Vendetta: links to download the film and the English subtitles

The Passive

Tuesday, January 19th and 26th

Grammar and style:

Wednesday, January 6th and 13th

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 to be able to talk for a few minutes.
  6. => talk, don’t read!

keep on reading Animal Farm

The work about Carrie Reichardt is to be handed in by Monday, December 21st at the latest

Wednesday, December 2nd and 9th

axe art et pouvoir

Carrie Reichardt, street-artist and more.

Tuesday, December 1st and 8th

Conversation class in small groups with Charlotte Armstrong and the teacher.

Wednesday, November 18th and 25th

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.


Very detailed study guide about Animal Farm

Tuesday, November 17th and 24th

Revolution

Tuesday, November 10th

Introducing Charlotte, our new English Language Assistant from California.

Chapter 1, 2 and 3 of Animal Farm.

Wednesday, November 4th

use this pad to make a list of characters.

Mr Jones and his wife are humans obviously and the farmers at Manor Farms. .

Old Major the boar, the prize middle white boar, aka Willingdon Beauty.

Clover & Boxer are the cart horses, Clover is a stout motherly mare and Boxer is an enormous stupid-looking beast.

Muriel the white goat.

Benjamin the donkey, the oldest animal. He’s the worst tempered animal.

Bluebell, Jessie and Pincher, the three dogs.

Mollie the white mare.

Moses the tame raven.

There are also the ducklings.

Chapter 1, 2 and 3 of Animal Farm.

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.


Chapter 1, 2 and 3 of Animal Farm.

Wednesday, October 14th

Fill in this form to write a presentation of the film Enola Holmes (2020).

Start in class and finish at home during the holidays: read and listen to Chapter 1, 2 and 3 of Animal Farm.

Tuesday, October 13th

Watching it in the original version with English subtitles.

Enola Holmes (2020)

at home: Enola Holmes with English and/or French Subtitles, click here.

Wednesday, October 7th

Take a first look at Animal Farm

Oral Presentations

(1) Biographical elements

Novels
(2) 1934 – Burmese Days
(3) 1935 – A Clergyman’s Daughter
(4) 1936 – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
(5) 1939 – Coming Up for Air
(1945 – Animal Farm)
(6) 1949 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nonfiction
(7) 1933 – Down and Out in Paris and London
(8) 1937 – The Road to Wigan Pier
(9) 1938 – Homage to Catalonia

Tuesday, October 6th

Get ready for your oral presentations tomorrow.

On the website george-orwell.org you may find the complete texts of his books.

Wednesday, September 30th

Work in pairs to prepare presentations about Georges Orwell, each pair gets a number from 1 to 9. You will find some resources below.

(1) Biographical elements

Novels
(2) 1934 – Burmese Days
(3) 1935 – A Clergyman’s Daughter
(4) 1936 – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
(5) 1939 – Coming Up for Air
(1945 – Animal Farm)
(6) 1949 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nonfiction
(7) 1933 – Down and Out in Paris and London
(8) 1937 – The Road to Wigan Pier
(9) 1938 – Homage to Catalonia

To search the web in English do not use Google which is mainly going to give you results in French, but try another search engine called Duckduckgo which can be easily switched to another language and location => https://duckduckgo.com/settings

Tuesday, September 29th

buy this edition as soon as possible

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?

Wednesday, September 23rd

Re-write the story using Morag’s point of view, and write it in the first person (350 words +/-10%)

  • put yourself in her shoes an visualize the landscape (see photos below) and the scene (the Vikings coming ashore)
  • collect vocabulary and information in the short-story which you are going to recycle in your own version.
  • email your short-story to pierre@acobas.net by Friday, October 2nd.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Reading Tartan together.

Wednesday, September 16th

Reading Tartan together.

Tuesday, September 15th

Wednesday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 8th

“That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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!

Wednesday, September 2nd

General introduction and a short history of the English Language.

=> homework: watch the video