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PANORAMA

Gay Rights in the Workplace

Jennifer Merchant gives an overview of LGBT rights in the American workplace. The issue is often overlooked while gay marriage and adoption claim more attention. As is often the case in the USA, the situation changes dramatically from state to state.

INTERACTION

De Guillaume à William, quand les mots en disent long

Claudine Martina explique comment un peu d’étymologie peut aider les élèves à acquérir — et retenir — du vocabulaire.

TO THE POINT

The American Right in European Perspective

Vincent Michelot makes it clear why we should beware of using European labels for American politics and political parties.

GOING PLACES

A Tale of Guernsey

Natalie Claire-Brierley offers a very personal guide to Guernsey, from its heyday as a tourist destination to its current status as a tax haven… without overlooking the traces of its long and difficult occupation during the Second World War.

YESTERDAY

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Thanks to recently released documents, we can now get a new look at — and a better understanding of — the Cuban Missile Crisis.

LITERARY HORIZONS

Writers with a Cause: The Spanish Civil War

Many prestigious writers and artists espoused the Republican cause during the Spanish Civil War — which means that exceptionally, history was written by the losers, as Jacqueline Karp explains.

WORDWISE

All’s Said in Love & War

Regan Kramer looks at expressions related to war.

SAFE & SOUND

Slowly b’t Surely

Ruth Huart looks at hesitation in speech, and distinguishes between a native speaker’s pauses between notional units and a learner’s groping for specific vocabulary.

IN THE FIELD

Zéro note

Richard Renou raconte une expérience de classe expérimentale (en 5ème) sans notes, et analyse les effets pervers de la « moyenne ».

SCHOOL TRIP

Un projet Euroscola

Jean-François Bidault décrit un projet Euroscola qui a amené ses élèves de première/terminale (section européenne) au Parlement Européen, et a sûrement contribué à la décision d’une entre elles à rentrer à l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

SEASONAL

London’s Burning

Sarah Pickard analyses the social and political context that may account for the 2011 London riots and looting.

LATEST IN LEARNING

Un projet théâtre

Donnant suite à ses deux articles sur le théâtre et les langues, Joëlle Aden présente une séquence pédagogique où les ateliers théâtre alternent avec un travail langagier et culturel.

TEACHERS’ LOUNGE

Extra information, films, books, art exhibits, websites and more on the themes of the issue or simply of interest to ESL teachers. All of the books reviewed in a given issue can usually be ordered (in English) from Amazon.fr. You may want to visit the following site(s) mentioned in this issue:
You can find a trailer and teaching materials for It’s Still Elementary, a documentary about addressing gay issues in schools, or order a DVD (with classroom screening rights included) from Groundspark.org.
Sarah Pickard, the author of the cover story, « London’s Burning », recommends the following sites:
- The Guardian: Reading the Riots
- Office for National Statistics (ONS): Youth unemployment rates by age group
- ONS, Census 2011
- The Metropolitan Police webpage on Trident

BACK TO LITERATURE

Stoker on Stoker

Dacre Stoker, the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, talks about the history of the genre. Stoker was in Paris in January, in association with Théâtre en Anglais’s tour of The Mystery of Mr Renfield & Count Dracula. For more info about the tour: 01 55 02 37 87 or the Théâtre en Anglais website.