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IN THE FIELD

Un sujet qui fait débat

Le débat en classe avait naguère mauvaise presse chez certains professeurs. Judith do Marcolino explique comment ranimer le débat.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Defining Dyslexia by Justine du Plessis-Nelson

We are often stumped by students’ reading or spelling difficulties. Here, in part one of a twopart article, we ask: when are these difficulties caused by the disorder dyslexia? Next issue we will discuss specific ways to help dyslexic pupils.

EUROPEAN VIEWS

Escale à Helsinki de Marie-France Chen-Géré

A quoi ressemble un collège au pays de la réussite scolaire ? Nous avons rendu visite à un collège près d’Helsinki.

INTERACTION

Joindre le geste à la parole : Répétition et production collectives

Gargantua chaussait des lunettes pour entendre plus clair. Claudine Martina montre l’importance du geste et du visuel dans l’aide à la compréhension.

STARTING OUT

Le conseiller pédagogique : Débuter dans la fonction de conseiller

Ou comment accompagner dans un climat de confiance et de respect mutuels le professeur débutant. Catherine Dupuis répond aux questions que se pose le conseiller pédagogique… débutant.

TO THE POINT

“Just About Everything”: The American Health Care Debate

As American health care is in the headlines, Mary Ellen Gallagher describes what’s at stake, the role that insurance companies play, and what might be in store for America’s health.

E-MAIL FROM AMERICA

What’s for Dinner?

Robert Frye presents a full menu of the best and worst of American food.

SEASONAL

All About British Meals

At this time of year, it is nice to hear stores about Christmas pudding, but can British meals be anything but Dickensian? Plus: The British Library has some fascinating stories about food, culture and identity available on a pleasantly animated site. They will most likely be too sophisticated for your students, but you might enjoy them.

CAMEO

Sonia Sotomayor

A “wise Latina” for the Supreme Court.

PANORAMA

All-American Sports : The View from the Sidelines

Peter Marquis examines the social and political impact of the most popular sports in the USA.

LITERARY HORIZONS

The Many Faces of Canadian Literature

Christine Lorre introduces us to Candadian authors and asks: What makes them Canadian?

GOING PLACES

Looking towards Toronto

Most Europeans would be hard pressed to specify the cultural features that distinguish Canada from its southern neighbour. Joanne Shurvell, a Torontonian living in London, explains why.

BACK TO LITERATURE

Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

Jacqueline Karp gives a few guidelines on how to discuss the themes of Life of Pi in class.

TOP OF THE CLASS

Films, books, art exhibits and more on the themes of the issue or simply of interest to ESL teachers. All of the books reviewed in this issue can be ordered (in English) from Amazon.fr. This issue, we reviewed Yann Martel (the author of Life of Pi)’s latest book, What is Stephen Harper Reading? In which he describes sending the Canadian PM a book every two weeks for two years, plus a letter explaining why he recommends it. For the list of books he sent, check out whatisstephenharperreading.ca