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YESTERDAY

Alan Turing, the Father of Computer Science

In Britain, 2012 is the Year of Alan Turing. Find out all about this great British scientist and thinker, whose contribution to the war effort was invaluable, but who was victimised by the homophobia of the post-War era.

GOING PLACES

Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… ” Andrew Diamond tells a tale of two cities… in one!

PANORAMA

Forecasting the 2012 U.S. Elections

Vincent Michelot explains why this presidential election is so hard to predict… and why “What will the next Congress look like?” is almost as important a question as “Who will the next president be?”

SEASONAL

Giving Thanks in America

Mary Ellen Gallagher describes how Thanksgiving has evolved to reflect the changing face of America.

CULTURAL HORIZONS

My Name is Bond

For the 50th anniversary of Bond films — and the release of the latest one, Skyfall, Paul Giggins explains where Ian Fleming found his inspiration for Bond and his adventures… and how the films reflect Britain’s changing social mores.

WORDWISE

The Measure of a Word

Regan Kramer provides a sampling of words and expressions that have to do with measurements.

SAFE & SOUND

Names and Numbers

Based on the interview with the curator of the Alan Turing exhibit at the Science Museum in London, Ruth Huart reminds us how hard proper nouns and numbers can be to understand aurally, no matter how easy they may be in writing.

SCHOOL TRIP

Measure for Measure, un voyage maths-anglais au pays de Newton et de Shakespeare

Deux professeurs en 3è section européenne, témoignent de leur expérience dans un projet commun, “From Measures to Bridges”, qui a abouti avec un voyage linguistique.

LATEST IN LEARNING

Le Bac 2013

En cette rentrée 2012, nombreuses sont les questions des professeurs dont les élèves passeront pour la première fois le nouveau protocole du bac. Ruth Alimi, inspectrice dans l’Académie de Créteil, nous fait part de son point de vue raisonné sur l’évaluation de la compréhension orale. Pour aller encore plus loin, vous trouverez une liste de liens vers des définitions, grilles d’évaluation, indications, questions-réponses et autres documents utiles dans Teachers’ Lounge, ci-dessous.

INTERACTION

Aurélie, Sana, Aranud et les autres…

C’est avec un optimisme imperturbable — et fondé sur une longue expérience — que Claudine Martina nous parle de sa pédagogie depuis plusieurs années. Ce recueil de passages choisis est à l’intention du professeur qui entre pour la première fois dans une salle de classe.

IN THE FIELD

L’expression orale au Bac Professionnel

En 2012 a eu lieu pour la première fois le contrôle en langue vivante au bac pro. Maider Chena, professeure en LP, privilégie les échanges actifs entre élèves afin d’éviter l’écueil du blocage…

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:

Slang Guide

Jury’s Inn, a British hotel chain, has made an eight-page guide to regional dialects in Great Britain. You can download it here.

Edmund de Waal

Find out more about Edmund de Waal, the scion of the Ephrussi family, and author of War Secrets, reviewed in this issue, on his website, edmunddewaal.com. That site has been experiencing some technical problems, so if it won’t open, why not watch this interview of him?

Turing Year

For a complete schedule of all Turing Year events, go to Turing2012.

BAC 2013

Liste de liens utiles pour les changements du BAC 2013.

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HALLOWEEN & THANKSGIVING

JAMES BOND

ALAN TURING YEAR

L.E.L.E. — LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

INTERACTIVE WORKSHEET