TSTMG1 21/22

Friday, May 13th

Vincent, a short animation by Tim Burton on YouTube.

Vincent Malloy vs Vincent Price

Friday, April 1st

Exercises about Reported speech (aka indirect speech)

=> online activity to help you with exercise 4

Friday, March 25th

Tenses, some exercises

Tuesday, March 22nd

Follow-up your pair-work about one of the 9 pictures from Carrie Reichardt by filling in this form.

Friday, March 18th

Carrie Reichardt

Tuesday, March 15th

Howlers => ces erreurs récurrentes qui font hurler les correcteurs. Si vous faites certaines de ces erreurs, notez-les, de manière à vous créer une liste d’erreurs à ne plus refaire. Une liste de ce genre est particulièrement utile pour se relire lors d’un devoir, ou fournit aussi une liste d’expressions intéressantes à placer lors d’un oral (ou d’un écrit) pour impressionner l’examinateur.

Friday, March 11th

Interview: Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova

Tuesday, March 8th

Individual oral presentations

Irregular Verbs =>

  • Connaître les verbes irrégulier est la meilleure façon d’améliorer ses notes en anglais, d’un, ça donne du vocabulaire, car comme par hasard beaucoup des verbes irréguliers sont aussi les verbes les plus usités de la langue anglaise, et de deux, on arrête de faire des fautes qui énervent les correcteurs…
  • Avec la liste des verbes irréguliers sous forme d’un tableau Excel vous pouvez adopter différentes stratégies pour vous les faire rentrer dans la tête.
  • Il est important d’aller vérifier et compléter la traduction des verbes dans un dictionnaire tel que WordReference.com, par exemple, vous connaissez le verbe THINK et dans le contexte de la liste des verbes irréguliers pour vous sa traduction c’est PENSER alors qu’il est aussi très utile sous la forme REFLECHIR!
  • En utilisant WordReference.com rajoutez une colonne au tableau des verbes irréguliers, une colonne contenant au moins une phrase d’exemple utilisant chaque verbe en contexte.

=> => Using irregular verbs in a strange story about a very strange day

Friday, February 11th


Friday, February 4th

Fictions et réalités (axe 5)

Re-write the story using Morag’s point of view, and write it in the first person (300 words +/-10%)

  • put yourself in her shoes an visualize the landscape (see photo 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, March 3rd or use the contact page or in my pigeonhole in the Teacher’s room.

Possible beginning: “One day, on a windy morning, while I was cooking some soup, I saw….

Tuesday, February 1st

English for emails: skip some of the first items or tasks if you find them too easy and/or too repetitive but do as many units as you can!

Friday, January 28th

Fictions et réalités (axe 5)

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

Tuesday, January 11th

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.

Friday, January 7th

Fictions et réalités (axe 5)

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

Friday, December 17th

Fictions et réalités (axe 5)

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!

Friday, December 10th


YouTube player

Friday, December 3rd

Use this worksheet to comment upon this picture:

The real story of the Superheroes Bernabe Mendez from the State of Guerrero. Works as a professional window cleaner in New York he sends 500 dollars a month. http://www.dulcepinzon.com/
Bernabe Mendez from the State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York, he sends 500 dollars a month back home.

Photographer : Dulce Pinzon

Series : The real story of Superheroes

Source : dulcepinzon.com (other relevant material here)

Friday, November 26th

Tony and Sandra, exercise, verbs, fill-in-the-blanks

  1. 1didn’t want
  2. 2took
  3. 3should not work / needed
  4. 4had just turned
  5. 5was
  6. 6enjoyed
  7. 7was
  8. 8had
  9. 9noticed
  10. 10joined
  11. 11knew
  12. 12invited
  13. 13 was
  14. 14 accepted
  15. 15 didn’t really know
  16. 16 had never done
  17. 17 told
  18. 18watched
  19. 19 were
  20. 20disappeared
  21. 21found
  22. 22 talked
  23. 23 took
  24. 24 went up
  25. 25 offered
  26. 26 accepted
  27. 27 left
  28. 28 asked
  29. 29 began
  30. 30 thought
  31. 31 didn’t approve
  32. 32 asked
  33. 33 thought
  34. 34 was
  35. 35 should work
  36. 36 could be discussed
  38. 38 did
  39. 39wanted
  40. 40stopped seeing
  41. 41 was
  42. 42 was
  43. 43 was
  44. 44 was
  45. 45 managed
  46. 46 was
  47. 47 was
  48. 48 hurried out
  49. 49 was
  50. 50 was
  51. 51 managed
  52. 52 was
  53. 53 was
  54. 54 did not want
  55. 55 realized
  56. 56 loved
  57. 57 understood
  58. 58 had
  59. 59 felt
  60. 60 gave
  61. 61 got
  62. 62 lived
  63. 63 is

Friday, November 19th

Look at the 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?

Tuesday, November 16th

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/

Friday, November 12th

An overview of the English Tense System

HOMEWORK to be handed in by Friday, November 12th

To watch The Circle, follow this link!

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 (250 words +/- 10% – please indicate it) is to be handed in the week after the Autumn holidays, simply paste the text in my contact page).

Friday, October 22nd

An overview of the English Tense System

Friday, October 15th

Written comprehension TEST : another extract from Trevor Noah’s book, do the exercise below and re-read the 2 other extracts.

Listen carefully to the following sound file and do the fill in the blanks exercise.

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. Once you have finished you may take a look at the correction.

Friday, October 8th

Listen carefully to the following sound file.

The British Empire at its peak in 1921

Friday, October 1st

What we have here is an extract from Trevor Noah’s autobiography entitled “Born a Crime”.
2The setting of this autobiography is South Africa.
3The events described in this extract occurred during the time when Apartheid was in place in South Africa.
4The main characters depicted are Trevor Noah and his parents, Patricia and Robert.
5The main topic here is the racist political regime that was put into place in South-Africa in the second half of the 20th Century.
6The first part from line 1 to line 9 concerns Trevor Noah himself and the circumstances of his birth in a country which prohibits relations with a person of another race.
The second one from line 10 to line 16 explains why giving birth to a mixed person is a crime in a society built on institutionalized racism.
The third paragraph from line 17 to line 34 is focused on the historical evolution of the segregative system in South Africa.
The last paragraph from line 35 to line 55 deals with the insanity of the enforcement of these new laws. There were special police squads to control and prevent sexual relations between people of different races. These police squads were violent and treated differently white and black people. And finally Trevor Noah explains that it didn’t prevent his fearless mother to do what she wanted, that is having a mixed child with a white man.
7By writing his autobiography Trevor Noah wants to explain Apartheid and to make us understand what it truly was.
8What strikes me the most about this autobiography is its title “Born a Crime” and the fact that Trevor’s parents were considered criminals for having given birth to him.
9Apartheid reminds me of slavery and segregation in The USA.
10To conclude Apartheid was one of the worst case of institutionalized racism, fortunately it came to an end in 1994, but it must be remembered.

HOMEWORK => Wednesday, September 29, fill in the following form about the extract from chapter 2 from Trevor Noah’s book.

Friday, September 24th

YouTube player
YouTube player

Friday, September 10th

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Axe 1 identity & Exchange)

Friday, September 3rd

General introduction

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Axe 1 identity & Exchange)