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Ce blog est à destination de tous les élèves qui souhaitent enrichir leur connaissance de la langue anglaise. Chaque jour, des cours nouveaux expliqués... (cliquez sur le drapeau de votre choix pour lire la suite dans la langue voulue)
October 8 2010 6 08 /10 /October /2010 14:07



today we first corrected your homework. You had to look for stereotypes about Canadians and here is what you found:


Canadians are said...

... to eat pancakes with maple syrup
... to be lumberjacks / forest keepers
... to have a weird / odd / a redneck accent
... not to like Americans
... to wear tartan shirts
... to live with elks / moose
... to be the best hockey players in the world
... to drink a lot of tea

They are believed / thought to be the champions of the environment.


Then we started watching a video. Here is what we said about it:


The document is a video. There is one character who in on stage and he is speaking to an audience. His name is Joe and he is Canadian. At first, he is calm whereas at the end, he is excited / over-excited. He is speaking loud because he is proud of his country / of being Canadian.
He is speaking louder and louder. He gets crazier and crazier. He gets more and more excited.

Grammar: Comparatif de supériorité -> si on rajoute "er" à un adjectif et qu'il dépasse deux syllabes, alors ce n'est pas possible. Il faut mettre "more".


- Confirmed: tartan shirts / not to like US
- Denied: lumberjack / eat blubber / own a dogsleigh / have a President (a Prime Minister)


You can watch it again below:




HW: learn your lesson and new vocabulary.

More information about the slogan of the video here.

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October 7 2010 5 07 /10 /October /2010 17:12



today we corrected the test that you took last week about Real TV. You did quite a good job on the whole. ongratulations to Aurélie in particular whose paper served as a model for the correction.

You can download a copy of the correction here:





Then we continued the lesson with a new sequence entitled: "Stereotypes". We began to study the photograph of two statues by Duane Hanson. Here is what we said about it:


The picture represents two statues by Duane Hanson. Immediately / At first sight, we think they are German tourists. They are wearing old-fashioned summer clothes. They are also wearing outdated flip-flops and old camera. Moreover, they are fat; they correspond to the stereotype / cliché / preconceived idea of the German tourist.



HW: find 5 stereotypes about Canadians and learn your lesson of course!

More information about Duane Hanson here.


Finally, please vote for the best drawing down here:











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October 1 2010 6 01 /10 /October /2010 13:51



today you took your test about real TV. Here it reads:


"Do you think real TV is trash TV? Give precise examples and explain your point of view." (200 words)


Hope you did well.


Take care,

Mr Hattais.

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September 30 2010 5 30 /09 /September /2010 17:57



today you first performed in front of the class for your casting. Then we continued the lesson with some grammar recap -> How to express hypotheses:


If I won a million dollars...

  • ... I would quit my job
    ... I would travel all over the world
    ... I would start a rock band
    ... I would buy an island with beautiful girls on it.


Phonetics: Les voyelles muettes dans les morphèmes /ld/ - /kn/ - /mb/

Dans "would" on ne prononce pas le "l":
ainsi que dans "could" / "should"

Dans "know" on ne prononce pas le "k" comme dans "knee", "knight", "knife", "knowledge", "unknown"

Dans "tomb" on ne prononce pas le "b" comme dans "bomb", "thumb"


Then, we continued with a phonetics recap and we made everything clear for tomorrow, and in particular the use of link words:


Organiser son argumentation:
At first

Moreover / Besides / What's more
Indeed = in fact
Still / However
Finally, ...

As a conclusion, / In a nutshell,

Synonymes de "I think":
I agree with ...
In my opinion ...
As far as I'm concerned, ...

Introduire un exemple:
For example, ...
... such as ...


HW: get ready for tomorrow's test about Real TV.

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September 24 2010 6 24 /09 /September /2010 14:06



today we first spoke about health problems because Sylvain was sick yesterday. Here is what we said during the warm up:


Yesterday, Sylvain was absent because he suffered from a toothache. He was in pain.

(to) suffer (from) = (to) be in pain

headache / toothache / stomachache


Then we continued reading and understanding our text. Here is the correction for the exercises about the text:


 Part 1 (from the beginning to l.13):
A .Read from l.1 to l.7 and complete the following information :
1. Name of the series: Survivor.
2. Place: in the South China Sea.
3. Number of competitors: 16.
4. First episode on:  last day (31st) in May, 2000.
5. Winner's name: Richard J. Latch.
6. Prize: $1 million.

B. Read from l.1 to l.7, then use the context to find the missing word in each definition:
A stranger is someone that you don't know.
A person or a vehicle that is stranded is unable to move from the place where they are.
Something that is thrilling is interesting and exciting.
To tune in means to watch or to listen to a broadcast on radio or television.
Someone who is overweight is too heavy and fat.

C. From l.8 to l.13, find the equivalents of the following words (in the right order):
bizarre: odd.
transmettre: to convey.

D. "Big Brother" (...) became a lesser kind of hit" (l.8) means that: "Big Brother" wasn't as successful as "Survivor".

E. Quote 2 actions showing that "Big Brother" became extremely popular too:
"its viewers were actually paying for airplanes to fly over the house"
"they'd learned watching the houseguests 24 hours a day on live Internet feeds" (l.11-13).

F. What does live (l.13) mean ? -> en direct

Part two (from l.14 to l.21):
G. Read the whole part, then use the context to tick the translation of these words:
network (l.15) : chaîne.
hook (l.19) : accrocher.

H. True or False ? Circle the correct answer and justify by quoting from the text:
1. The journalist believes that reality television will probably not last. It's false: "reality was a capable and viable genre" (l.14-15).
2. Several channels started reproducing "Survivor" and "Big Brother". It's true: "other networks quickly go to work doing that they do best: copying and building on one another's programming". (l.15-16).
3. Reality TV shows are generally broadcast very late at night. It's false: "reality became a permanent member of primetime network television". (l.17).
4. "Survivor" and "Big Brother" were the first TV shows on US television. It's false: "While reality TV shows have a long history on America television". (l.18).
5. Viewers realized that participants in reality TV shows were not really interesting. It's false: "real people could be just as (or even more) fascinating than scripted characters". (l.20-21).

Part three (from l.22 to l.32):
I. Read the whole part, then use the context to tick the translation of these words:
1. gather (l.28): se rassembler
2. share (l.29): partager
3. fade (l.30): dépérir / décliner
4. gossip (l.31): potins
5. entertainment (l.31): divertissement. -> the show is enternaining (divertissant).

J. Read the whole part again and justify the following statements (in the right order) by quoting a sentence from the text each time: Thanks to reality television...
1. ... unknown people have become stars very rapidly : "people of all the backgrounds the opportunity to become idols and apprentices" (l.23)
2. ... young people can earn easy money: "has offered teenagers and 20-somethings a new way to make a living other than actually working or going to school" (l.25)
3. ... former celebrities have become famous again: "it's the new rehab for celebrities whose careers have faded" (l.29).

K. Guess the meaning of the expression "known on a first-name basis"(l.30):
-> connus par leur prénom

Part four (from l.33 to the end):
L. Read the whole part, then use the context to tick the translation of each word:
1.foreign (l.36): inhabituel.
2. unfiltered (l.41): à l'état brut.
3. tear down (l.45): démolir
4. sandbox (l.46): bac à sable
5. appeal (l.46): attrait

M. True or false ? Circle the correct answer and justify by quoting from the text:
1. According to the journalist, real life is less interesting than reality TV. It's true: "the reactions that people have in their everyday lives, in artificial environments, or in foreign situations are instructive, fascinating, entertaining" (l.34-35-36-37-38).
2. The journalist compares reality TV to a child's game. It's true: "reality TV is our sandbox" (l.46).
3. According to the journalist, people love reality TV because they have nothing to do. It's false: "viewers are engaged and inspired, and aren't just passive consumers". (l.46-47).


Finally, we drew a conclusion. Here is what we said:

The journalist speaks out for the Real TV / the journalist takes sides for Real TV / The journalist stands up for Real TV
He has a biased (not neutral) point of view.


HW: learn the vocabulary from the text and get ready for your casting -> prepare a 2-minute presentation of yourself and answer these question:

- Why are you the best candidate for the show?

- Why do you want to take part in this show?

- ...


+ You will have a test on Friday about real TV. It will be an essay about if you take sides for real tv or against it.

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September 23 2010 5 23 /09 /September /2010 17:49

lady gaga vogue cover fleshHey,


today we first did a quick warm up about Lady Gaga's latest scandal. Here is what we said:


Exprimer l'étonnement:
Are you crazy? (nuts / mad)
You must be crazy!
I can't believe my eyes!
It's so strange (weird / odd)

For the MTV music awards ceremony, Lady Gaga was provocative. She didn't wear clothes but meat (animal flesh). Instead of wearing regular clothes, she wore flesh. People were both offended and surprised (shocked and flabbergasted).


Then we continued studying the text entitled "Reality Television". We corrected your worksheet and here is what we said:

The series "Survivor" first took place in the South China Sea on May 31st, 2000. There were 16 competitors (contestants / candidates) and the winner was Mr Latch. He won $1 million.


The series "Big Brother" first took place during the summer of 2000 in CBS' parking lot, that is to say in the US. A group of strangers was locked up in a house and filmed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). The live feeds were available only on the Internet.

At the beginning, the show didn't have as much success as Survivor. But soon, it became a craze / a huge success / it became really successful / popular.



HW: get prepared for a vocabulary test + complete exercises from your worksheet (part 2).

Next week (for Thursday), you need to get ready to take the casting of your favorite real tv show. Make sure you rehearse properly (you will only have the right to have short notes). Next Friday, you'll have your final test. It will be an argumentation about real TV. For or against... 



Reality TV - The Text

Reality TV - The Worksheet


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September 17 2010 6 17 /09 /September /2010 14:51



today we first warmed up with this figure: Every year, you watch 33.000 murders (react).

Here is what we said:


Every person watches 33 000 murders a year: it's an average. At the same time, I can't believe it; it's too much, but it's true that there are many series about police investigations. Still, I can't believe my ears. It's dreadful.


a witness (un témoin)
(to) witness (être témoin de...)


http://www.brickmarketingconsulting.com/opinions.jpgThen we continued our lesson with the conversation of the two parents speaking about TV. Here is what we said:

Opinion of the woman: She believes these shows are...

... humiliating / sickening / dreadful / awful / horrible / voyeuristic / worrying / frightening

Opinion of the man: He believes these shows are...

... stupid / quite worrying

He thinks his friend is over-reacting



At first / At the beginning, the man thinks the woman is over-reacting. He doesn't have the same opinion. He just believes that those real TV shows are stupid / uninteresting / foolish. But finally, he agrees with her: some TV shows are quite worrying such as "Exhausted".

Finally, we began to study the text entitled "Reality" TV?

Here is what we said about it:


Part 1: The first real TV shows (from l. 1 to l. 13)
Part 2: The growth of a phenomenon (14-21)
Part 3: The success of a good recipe (22-32)
Part 4: Reality TV is not really real (33 - to the end)


HW: complete the first two exercises from your worksheet.



Download the text here. (yet to be uploaded)

Download the worksheet here. (yet to be uploaded)

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September 16 2010 5 16 /09 /September /2010 17:48



http://images.tvrage.com/shows/21/20227.jpgtoday we first talked about real tv shows and whether you wanted to take part in those shows or not. Here is what we said: 


There are many reality TV games. Ambre wouldn't like to take part in Pop Idol because she thinks she can't sing and she would be ridiculous. She would feel ashamed. As for Quentin, he wouldn't like to take part in Pop Idol either. Sylvain would like to be a candidate in Temptation Island. The game consists in testing the love of your partner. He would like to see if his girlfriend is faithful and he would love to spend 2 weeks in Mexico.


Then we continued the lesson with the audio comprehension of a conversation between two people who talk about TV programmes. Here is what we said:


The woman is flabbergasted. She can't believe her ears! She thinks that programmes like the Weakest link are awful, dreadful and sickening.In this programme, people are humiliated. This is a show without moral values.


You can listen to the document again here:


Finally you began a list of vocabulary words and expressions to express emotions such as anger or bewilderment. Here it is:

Oh Goodness! / Oh Gosh! / Oh God!
Geez! / Gee! / Jesus Christ


You're a jerk ***
You're a moron ***



HW: N'oubliez pas d'actualiser les onglets vocabulaire, grammaire, civilisation, etc... de votre classeur. Learn your lesson and new vocabulary + get prepared for your casting. Within two weeks, you'll need to get in front of the camera and a jury to introduce yourself and say why you want to take part in a real tv show.

Files: you can download the audio file to your MP3 player here (click right and select: "enregistrer la cible du lien sous...")

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September 10 2010 6 10 /09 /September /2010 13:55



http://www.starpdc.com/images/ratingSystem.jpgtoday we first warmed up about your favorite activities. Here is what we said about them:


Favorite activites:

Ambre is a TV addict. She is addicted to/ hooked on Dr House. She thinks it's a fun show and it's really interesting.

As for Aurélie, she is also addicted to TV / she is addicted to TV too. She watches TV all the time. When she goes back home, she switches the TV on and she does her homework in front of the TV set.

NB: La place de "too" et "also" dans la phrase.


Then we continued speaking about TV and reality television more precisely. We gave the English equivalents of French TV programmes and we commented on the differences between the French rating system and the American one. Here is what we said:


Equivalents of shows in Britain

Le maillon faible ---> The Weakest Link
Qui veut gagner des millions ---> Who wants to be a millionnaire?
L'île de la tentation ---> Temptation Island
Koh-Lanta ---> Survivor

La Nouvelle Star ---> Pop Idol / American Idol
Cauchemar en cuisine ---> Hell's kitchen
Secret Story ---> Big Brother

NB: la prononciation des voyelles accentuées et la réalisation des voyelles non accentuées [ə].


The differences between the American rating system and the French one:

* G: It means that there is no violence, sex, or foul language in the show. There is no inappropriate material. Everybody can watch, even young children.

* PG: It means that the parents must agree before their children watch this show.

* PG-13: If the children are under 13, the parents must go and watch the programme with them.

* R: It means that children under 17 are not allowed to watch the programme except if their parents go with them.

In France, if a film is restricted (-12), a child is not allowed to watch even if a parent goes with him/her. It's (strictly) forbidden



NB: be allowed to... be forbidden to...

HW: learn your lesson (new voc, grammar, pronunciation, ...) + elect a show from the list, explain what it is and say whether you would want to take part in it. Why or why not?


Files: you can download the picture here.

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September 9 2010 5 09 /09 /September /2010 17:49



today was our first English lesson of the year. So let me wish you all the best in your academic studies.


After filling in a form about yourself, we started the lesson with the theme: "Reality TV". You had to explain what "secret story" was and say whether you liked the programme or not. Here is what we wrote:


 What is "Secret Story"?

The programme consists in locking up some candidates in a special house. They all have a secret and they need to hide it from the others. They are filmed 22 hours a day and 7 days a week. At the end of each week, one contestant is eliminated / voted out.

Express what you like or dislike

Positive opinion:

It's fun
It rocks!*

Negative opinion:

This programme is...
  - ... boring
  - ... 'horrible

It sucks!**
I can't stand this programme
I can't bear this show


HW: learn your lesson (and update the different sections from your folder) + find the British equivalent of "Secret Story".

Extra files: You can get some clues if you click here...

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