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Variations autour des groupes de compétences

Les groupes de compétences se prêtent à de nombreuses variations, et c’est ainsi qu’ils ont été conçus. Nous présentons ici l’exemple du Lycée L’Oiselet, dans l’Isère.


2010: International Year of Biodiversity

Everywhere we look, biodiversity is on the wane. While the causes are partially known, the remedies are yet to be applied.


Faire autorité

Claudine Martina apporte ici un réconfort raisonné aux jeunes professeurs, qui, perdus dans leur nouveau collège, expriment leur désarroi.


Mettez le ton

Michel Freiss dégage quelques priorités pour le primaire, dans l’enseignement délicat de l’intonation anglaise.


The Sun Never Sets on the English Language

In honour of the Commonwealth Games in India in October, Regan Kramer presents an A to Z of English words gleaned from languages spoken in the Commonwealth.


Here Comes the Guy Again

Guy Fawkes is an iconic British festivity celebrating the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot — a 1605 attempt to blow up Parliament.


Growing up in Rural Britain

Sarah Pickard and Sylvie Nail look at rural Britain: why some young people leave and others stay, as well tree-planting, the National Trust and more.


The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

Diversity has always characterised Kew Gardens: diversity of purpose and interests, and today — biodiversity.


The Countryside as a Contested Playground

The English countryside was once a playground for the rich and a place of work for the masses. We look at what is left of that division today.


Cry Not, the Beloved Countryside

The Enigma of Arrival is a fine, subtle novel evoking the destiny of a country estate and its inhabitants. Marc Porée finds evidence of of V.S. Naipaul’s unpredictable but genuine artistry in this “post-pastoral” novel.


Suburbia Never Was What It Used to Be

Describing the development of the American suburbs in the 20th century, Robert Frye shows how the “pursuit of happiness” has come full circle.


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
This issue, we have an interview with Jennifer Bullock, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and Steve Hargadon, the creator of Classroom 2.0. about the Embassy’s Franco-American Educational Exchange.For more info, see
The Dinard British Film Festival holds a special pre-festival event for young people (middle school and high school pupils). Last time we looked, registration was still open, but hurry, screenings fill up quickly!
Alfred Hitchcock’s silhouette is the emblem of the Dinard Festival, and he is currentlly the subject of two appeals from the British Film Institute: one for money to restore his early silent films, one in search of a copy of his lost second film, The Mountain Eagle. Find out more on the BFI site.
Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is soon to be the subject of both a show at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (15 October 2010 – 30 January 2011) and a documentary film, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, which premiered at the Deauville American Film Festival and is coming to cinemas in October.