SLAM 20/21

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DATE de l’écrit : 11 mai de 10h à 12h

DATES des oraux : 07et 08 juin 2021

En résumé ça donne ça :

2 épreuves (U12) :

Écrit : consistant dans un premier temps à lire un document en anglais, puis en faire un compte-rendu en français en environ 300 mots (comptez 20% de marge d’erreur sur la quantité de mots).
Ainsi que dans un second temps, de répondre à un cas précis par mail, ou par lettre en n’oubliant pas de respecter le format imposé.

Mail :
To :
From :
Object :
Adresse expéditeur
Adresse destinataire
Formule de politesse

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

Oral : regarder une vidéo en anglais et la résumer en français, puis dans un second temps, prendre connaissance d’une situation professionnelle imaginaire, expliquer à l’oral et en anglais la tâche (étape 2.1), puis chatter en anglais en mode “hot-line” avec l’examinateur à la manière d’un jeu de rôle, le candidat a toujours le rôle du spécialiste/technicien/consultant et l’examinateur celui du manager/client/usager.

Comment aborder l’étape (bizarre) 2.1 de l’oral en anglais:

The task I was given is to play the part of an IT technician and you are my manager / client …..
The problem you face in your company / at work is that your computer has frozen / you can no longer access files on the company’s cloud / server ….
My aim will be to guide you through several steps to find a workable / convenient solution.
First I will need to ask you several questions to help me refine the diagnostic and have a full picture of the problem you face.
The problem you face illustrates well how much we have become dependent on IT.
This situation raises the issue of the reliability of the harware/software we use everyday in our work environment.
What strikes/interests me the most in this situation is the fact that ……

“Vous pourrez demander des précisions sur votre rôle, le contexte ou la situation.”
Vocabulaire et structures basiques utiles.

Le logiciel utilisé pour la partie 2.2) de l’exam : BeeBeep

All the exam subjects from 2018 are here

Compilez une liste d’expressions et d’éléments à utiliser lors de l’examen à partir de ces conseils pour newbies :

Monday April 5th to Friday 9th

BTS Blanc to be emailed to by April 9th

and for those who forgot:

Work placement podcast report

Prepare a work placement report, use the following document as a guideline and help (pay in mind that it was designed for a written exercise), then later, at home, record and send your presentation (duration: about 3 to 5 minutes minutes).

Friday, April 2nd

Go online to find an article or a video about any subject related to computing which you find particularly interesting. Use DuckDuckGo if you have trouble finding stuff in English and then send the link with a short commentary detailing the relevance of this document.

Monday, March 29th

Read this article These 25 Technology Trends Will Define The Next Decade and then watch the video at the bottom of the article.

Read The 5 Biggest Cloud Computing Trends In 2021

A good article to brush-up your skills with figures and numbers in English: 57 Mobile vs. Desktop Usage Statistics For 2020 [Mobile’s Overtaking!] if you need to go back working on the basics you may find some help here.

Friday, March 26th

What are the five R’s of help desk? Write them down as you watch the video and send them here.

15 Common PC Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them (some elements may be too technical for the exam but the list and vocabulary are interesting)

WikiHow: How to Pick an Operating System

Monday, March 22nd

Friday, March 19th

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms, a science documentary hosted by Marcus du Sautoy, professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, published by the BBC in 2015.

Monday, March 15th

Check the “Exam Survival Kit” on top of the page

Friday, March 12th

Change management, a podcast from the British council

Public relations, another podcast from the British Council

Monday, March 8th

More good Sci-fi!

Ready Player One, the epub file

Part 1
Part 2

Or download the files on your phone, tablet, computer, watch, VR goggles, neural implant, brain, whatever…

Friday, March 5th

Watch The Second Renaissance Part I & II, (no subtitles 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, March 1st

2 useful computing books

Monday, February 22nd and Friday, 26th

Work placement podcast report to be sent by March 15th

Prepare a work placement report, use the following document as a guideline and help (pay in mind that it was designed for a written exercise), then later, at home, record and send your presentation (duration: about 3 minutes).

Friday, December 18th

Some light holiday season reading in both written and audio formats.

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling

or download the EPUB and the MP3

Monday, December 14th

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Who Is Watching Us? –

Friday, December 11th

Expressing advice is an integral part of your exam :

Top 10 Ways To Give Advice In English

Making Suggestions and Giving Advice in English

Getting started with your first computer: all the vocabulary you need to talk to a newbie!

Monday, December 7th

Friday, December 4th

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

Monday, November 30th When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks ‘Official.’ A Woman? ‘Smile’

Friday, November 27th

Monday, November 23rd

Mock Exam

Friday, November 13th

Today it’s about web design!

an interesting article : The Bauhaus Effect in Modern Web Design

some ressources about css layouts

more about css design in general

=> or even this very basic one to keep things simple

some interesting ressources about simple flat file CMS

=> among which I find PICO especially interesting.

The written exam will be like this : Sujet d’examen écrit au BTS SIO 2017 et proposition de corrigé)

Monday, November 9th

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay — online version or PDF version

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It? — online version or PDF version

send a report in FRENCH here

Friday, November 6th

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.

Friday, October 16th

Write a short report in French about the video below and send it here.

Monday, October 12th

Write a one sentence presentation for each of the 9 gadgets from the video and send it here, (in English).

Write a short report in French about the video below and send it here.

Friday, October 9th

Coronavirus Data Blunder in the UK, write a short report in French (about 100 words) and send it here.

Watch this about Kodak’s history — from the Wall Street Journal.

Monday, October 5th

You are either a candidate (N°3) or an examiner (N°3), read carefully about your role for 15 minutes, then input the number in the link provided in the page here.

Friday, October 2nd

Some reading material, select 2 articles and tell me in what you find them interesting (don’t forget to give me the precise reference of the article, name of the magazine, page number and title)

Monday, September 28th

You are either a candidate (N°2) or an examiner (N°2), read carefully about your role for 15 minutes, then input the number in the link provided in the page here.

Friday, September 25th

les adjectifs composés et les noms composés

Monday, September 21st

  1. Watch the following video:

2. read the article from which the video was extracted and take notes about IoT.

Friday, September 18th


Monday, September 14th

Sujet d’expression écrite anglais BTS SIO 2018

Vous êtes Janet Ward, technicienne informatique spécialisée ou Peter Ward, technicien informatique spécialisé dans les objects connectés.
S’aprétant à rédiger un article pour un hebdomadaire à grande diffusion, une journaliste sollicite votre expertise sur les questions que pose le développement des objects connectés.
Vous répondez à sa demande par un courriel rédigé en anglais.
200 mots +/- 10%. Vous indiquerez impérativement le nombre de mots utilisés.

=> send your work as an email to

Monday, September 7th

This is task 1 of June 2018 exam session, do exercise 2 with your neighbour, imagine what could be the dialogue between the two of you.. Just do it.

Some online ideas to expand on some themes.

Friday, September 4th

Tips and Tricks => useful vocabulary and ideas to play your role during the exam => prepare a list of phrases to remember for the exam

10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laptop

The top 10 things to consider when buying a new laptop

How to Pick an Operating System

Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC

Top Ten Safe Computing Tips

50+ Internet Security Tips & Tricks from Top Experts

Ways to Access Your Files From Anywhere