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The Rise & Fall of American Labor Unions

Jean-Christian Vinel analyzes the evolution of labor unions in the U.S.A., including the current spate of anti-uninon bills. For a breaking-news up date, read this NYTimes article about one of those bills which voters just overturned by referendum.


The Great Depression: 1929-1933

Didier Aubert looks back at October, 1929, how the Great Crash came about and what its dire consequences were.

The Grapes of Wrath

Claire Dutriaux points out how intimately linked fact and fiction are in both the novel and the film The Grapes of Wrath.


“Predatory Marketing” in the U.S.A

Paul Schor looks at the complex interactions between niche marketing and racial prejudice in the U.S.A.


Victoria & Albert at Home

The very word “Victorian” now suggests prudishness, paternalism and hypocrisy. But there was more to Victoria and Albert than that, as Paul Giggins points out.


The Aesthetic Movement

Jacqueline Karp looks at the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements — two landmarks of the English artistic scene that are currently the subject of the “Cult of Beauty” exhibition as the Musée d’Orsay. The article mentions the American painter James Whistler’s Peacock Room, which was recently restored to its original appearance. You can find out more about the room on the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer Gallery of Asian Art. You can arrange a visit for your class on the Musée d’Orsay site.


A Tale of Two Brothers

Marian Hollings explains how Ed and David Milliband battled it out for Labour Party leadership.


Mon€y Make$ the Wor£d Go Round

Regan Kramer looks at expressions and proverbs about money, ranging from Charles Dickens’s “Micawber Principle” to Irish prayers.


Teen Talk

Starting from an authentic conversation, Ruth Huart analyses the gap between standard English and English as it is spoken by teenagers today.


Internet ou la nouvelle école buissonnière

Geoffrey Sockett observe l’effet de l’internet — que ce soit pour les séries américaines en VO, la musique téléchargeable ou les réseaux sociaux — sur le niveau des compétence en anglais des Français.


Aventures fantômatiques en Ecosse

Deux professeures de collège livrent un exemple concret de comment un projet fédérateur à accomplir pendant un séjour à l’étranger peut motiver les élèves et créer une réelle dynamique de groupe.


Exprimez-vous davantage ! Apprendre à exprimer émotions et sentiments

Claudine Martina propose des pistes pour encourager l’élève à sortir de son quant-à-soi dans la salle de classe.


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 You may want to visit the following site(s) mentioned in this issue: You can arrange a visit for your class to the “Cult of Beauty” exhibit, through 15 January, 2012, on the Musée d’Orsay site.