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  • Listening training (Terminales + every student)

    Par admin condorcet, publié le dimanche 19 mars 2017 11:34 - Mis à jour le dimanche 19 mars 2017 11:34


    Get some more training for your listening exam with BBC news videos!

    Stay tuned for hot topics, world news and much more...

    Terminales are strongly advised to visit the website, but every student should watch videos on a regular basis.


  • America takes to the streets!

    Par admin condorcet, publié le dimanche 22 janvier 2017 19:26 - Mis à jour le dimanche 22 janvier 2017 21:13


    Inauguration days 2009, 11 AM / 2017, 12 AM. ABC news.As you all know, Donald Trump was elected in November. Yet he had only been the "President-elect" during a phase of transition. On January 20th, he was officially sworn in as the 45th President.

    For his inauguration day, a polemic rose as top rated celebrities declined offers to perform at the event, and even House Democrats called for a boycott.

    Reports then showed a partially empty National Mall, while the audience seemed more important 8 years ago, for Barack Obama. See the picture comparing the two days (left: 2009, 11 AM / right: 2017, 12 AM. ABC news).

    Ironically, his election attracted a much larger crowd. But as a sign of protest.

    Thousands of people demonstrated in several cities all around the world for the "Women's March on Washington"1. Indeed, following Trump's degrading or radical comments, people feared women's rights might be reduced. The movement also tackled worrying issues like immigration reform or the environment, but the visual marker was a pink hat.

    Though the President first reacted with surprise, he also sent a message about the Freedom of Speech (see the Tweets below).


    The name of the movement echoes the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a peaceful protest for African American civil rights. It ended with the famous speech "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King.

  • Liens utiles.

    Par admin condorcet, publié le jeudi 12 janvier 2017 23:24 - Mis à jour le jeudi 12 janvier 2017 23:30


    Training: des sites divers pour pratiquer l'anglais en ligne.

    Listening: les radios anglophones du monde entier à écouter sans modération.

    Watching: l'équivalent en télévision.

    Speaking: écouter, répéter et s'enregistrer.

    Looking: caricatures et dessins humoristiques.

    Reading: lire l'actualité du monde anglophone.


  • A Twitter Presidency

    Par admin condorcet, publié le lundi 2 janvier 2017 23:23 - Mis à jour le lundi 2 janvier 2017 23:26

    The next President of the United States surprised everybody (once more) when he recently declared he would prefer writing letters instead of sending emails.

    Just because, you know, the so-called "snail mail" cannot be hacked as online messages can. In the wake of Clinton's email leaks and suspicion of Russia's meddling in the US elections, the world wide web seems difficult to trust for confidential matters.

    Anyway, despite his announcement, Donald Trump remains a connected celebrity. Unlike previous leaders who would use press conferences to address the nation, he is sticking to his Twitter account, quickly reacting to...pretty much everything.

    This unprecedented flow of thoughts seems historically interesting to observe.

    Want to follow all the future President's thoughts in less than 140 characters? Then click on the link below:


  • Song of the Cold Genius

    Par admin condorcet, publié le mardi 6 décembre 2016 14:44 - Mis à jour le mardi 6 décembre 2016 14:46





    "Winter is coming!" as you would hear in the hugely popular Game of Thrones TV series.

    Currently, people around you look like they are freezing to death. Yet the cold has inspired many artists, and acclaimed fictions have been built on this central, apparently repulsive theme. 

    In order to discover more, here's a rendition of Purcell's "Song of the Cold Genius", from his famous "King Arthur" opera (one of the few works sung in English, which is not a typical language for lyrical singing, let us be honest), performed in 1691.

    Basically, King Arthur has to deliver the woman he loves. The tale does not deal with the legends of Camelot, but it is filled with supernatural creatures. In this scene, the Cold Genius has been awoken and is definitely not pleased:

    What power art thou, who from below
    Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
    From beds of everlasting snow
    See’st thou not ( how stiff )2) and wondrous old
    Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
    I ( can scarcely move or draw my breath )2)
    Let me, let me freeze again to death.3)