1. Introduce yourself/someone else (Mission 1)
Your Goal: present your persona with a slide-show (book p. 24)

  1. Introduce yourself briefly to the class. 
  2. Interview the teacher. Take Notes. Recap.
  3. Grammar:
  4. Les questions/réponses en anglais. Structures et intonation.
  5. CO: Listen and fill in the following grid. Then recap.


likes her country, people are nice, weather is nice, warm weather
Jeyong Kim
doesn't like spicy food but spicy food is popular in Korea

Seattle, Washington, USA
says Seattle is very big, famous for salmon and the Space Needle, the campus is very large with 35.000 students

Australia, Sunshine Coast
loves the beaches and likes to go for walks along the beach with her dog and her family

loves the green landscape (nature, hills, mountains...) loves to go for walks

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
loves apples: Granny Smith, Golden delicious, Red Delicious, her favourite is Royal Gala

A few reminders

My name is...

I am + age (+ years-old)

I live in Cluses/ at the seaside/ in a city/ at the mountain/at the countryside....

I was born in + year/ on + full date/ in + town

I like/love/enjoy/am fond of/ I'm keen on/ I'm interested in/ I'm a fan of | I hate/don't like/can't stand/can't bear + N/V-ing

I often/always/sometimes/seldom/barely/never/usually... play video games/the guitar/watch TV/read books/comics/hang out with my friends...

I can play the piano/compose music on my computer/draw very well/walk twenty kilometres a day/build cabins/climb up trees....

I have (got) + n brother(s)/n sister(s)/ I have a twin brother/sister/ We are triplets/ quadruplets/quintuplets... I am an only child.../ I have a girl/boy friend... I am engaged... I am married... I have a child: a daughter/a son...I am single... / I have a pet (a cat, a dog, a rabbit, a rat, a snake, a chameleon, a canary, a turtle, a hamster, a Guinea pig....)

I am from Moroccan/ Algerian/ Turkish/ British/ Danish descent...

My dad works as a... My mum works as a... My parents are divorced/separated... My mum is a widow.../My dad is a widower... a single parent/ My grand-parents are.../ 

L'âge en anglais be + age (years old)
les habitudes, les caractéristiques, les propriétés s'expriment avec le présent simple. La forme verbale est la même à toutes les personnes sauf à la troisième personne du singulier où l'on ajoute un -s à la fin du verbe.

Attention!! pour les verbes terminés par -o/-s/-tch/-sh/ la terminaison de la troisième personne du singulier sera -es. Pour les verbes terminés en -y le -y se transforme en -i et la terminaison est -es.
Les goûts son des caractéristiques et les verbes de goûts sont suivis d'un nom ou d'un verbe en ing (voir plus haut). Ils peuvent être suivis de to + BV lorsque l'énonciateur renvoie à l'action dans sa globalité et non plus dans son déroulement.

I like playing football. Je m'intéresse à l'action en cours, j'exprime mon goût pour le jeu
I like to play football. Je m'intéresse à l'action dans sa globalité, j'exprime mon goût pour le football en général.

2. Describe someone (Mission 1)
  1. Present yourself or another student to the class.
  2. Describe someone (book p. 13)
  3. CO: How have you changed since high-school? http://elllo.org/english/Mixer001/T015-LookSame.htm
  4. CE: Read the excerpt from David Lodge's Therapy “Laurence Passmore – A Self-Description” and answer the questions.
Fill in the following chart
Name/Nickname (Why?)
Laurence Passmore aka Tubby. Always on the heavy side
5 ft 9-and-a-half in = 175 cm
13 st 8 lbs = 86 kg
very hairy "doormat-sized Brillo pad", large: pear-shaped used to be barrel-shaped
bald as an electric light bulb
no hair above the Adam's apple but a few fringes above the ears and on the nape = tramp-like
fleshy, bulbous nose -- watery blue eyes looking sad -- pink puffy oval, creased and wrinkled like a deflating balloon -- pouchy cheeks
light, narrow, size seven
long, shapely fingers, like a pianist's
he says of himself he is impatient but people think he is placid, unflappable, keep his cool

Answer the questions
Does the character like his nickname? No he doesn't (line 43)
Does he like his body? If he liked his body he wouldn't describe himself in such a negative way. Line 42: "They'd be surprised..."
Pick out some elements of description and say whether you think he is attractive or not. He doesn't look attractive "bulbous nose", face like a deflating balloon "pear-shaped", "doormat-sized Brillo pad"
Do you think this description is accurate? Why? Why not? Maybe it is but people tend to think in a negative way of themselves.

Vocabulary book p.17
Here is a link to a long list of adjectives to describe someone

Grammar: Rappels sur le présent et les auxiliaires. Book p.175-178 exercises 1 et 2 & p. 21 ex 1 et 2

Mission: introduce yourself with a persona (see book p. 24). The other students will ask you questions.


Tell about a vacation memory (Mission 2)
  • Your goal: Prepare a visual document to promote the country you visited. Make a presentation of this country to make your audience want to visit it.
  1. Speaking: Look at the pictures pp. 26-27 and say as much as you can about them. What kind of vacation do you prefer?
  2. Listening: Watch the video and list all the questions asked by the man. Then fill in the grid. http://youtu.be/2v5AlmrqEug
Information about it
It was fantastic
Hiking in the mountains
Go to the beach in the south
How it was?
Fantastic. Beautiful Scenery
Different ethnic groups
Who with?
A friend
Met who?
Information about them
Families -- Children -- Farmers, people who work in rice fields
Guides? Pay them?
More information.
Yes, she had a guide and paid the guide.
With cash
Price of the trip
$1,500, plus the flight
Length of trip
3 weeks
Stayed where?
Hostels or cheap hotels
Delicious. Fresh food not fried. Salads
She thoroughly recommand it

    1. Webquest: A coutry to visit
You are a travel agent promoting your English-speaking country. Working as an energetic and ambitious travel agent, you will gather and organize tourist "lures" from your country. Your materials will need to include information (about) and photos (of) your country. Your materials will be arranged so that any interested traveler (especially me!) will want to zoom straight to your country for a visit! Through your investigation you will obtain important components regarding the interesting locations, events, and interests of your country. You will discover a good amount of fun things about your country. Now it's your turn to formulate and share your discoveries with others. Your job now is to generate two different items to help promote your travel business! Report what you learned about the country.

    1. Vocabulary: book p. 28 + 42 (nations/nationalities) + Brain storming: means of transport(ation) and associated words
Some means of transportation
Find a list of all the world countries and the name of their inhabitants here
    1. Grammar: experiences: present perfect Have+V-en (book p. 40), memories: past tense

  1. Temps et aspects en anglais :

Un aspect est une façon dont l'énonciateur envisage l'action: dans sa globalité, dans son processus, dans son résultat.

Exprime les caractéristiques:
Peter hates football, he prefers swimming.

les propriétés:
The sun rises in the East.

les habitudes:
Julia never answers my calls, she mustn't want to talk with me.

Il sert également à exprimer le futur lorsque l'événement est certain, programmé:
My plane doesn't leave at 5 pm, but 5 am
Exprime un événement révolu, daté, situé à un moment donné du passé:
William of Normandy won the battle of Hastings in 1066.
Yesterday I bought a new car.

Il sert également à exprimer le conditionnel lorsqu'il est utilisé au sens modal :
If I called her too often she would think I am stalking her.
Be + V-ing
Exprime une action en cours de déroulement
The plane is taking off, we've missed it.

Il sert également à faire un commentaire :
Look ! John is wearing the same ugly, blue shirt

Il sert aussi à exprimer un événement futur programmé mais pas totalement certain :
I'm painting the kitchen next weekend, so I won't be able to come to your party.
Sert de cadre temporel à une action passé qui vient s'inscrire dedans :
The phone rang when I was writing this letter.

Sert à exprimer des actions simultanées dans un contexte passé :
The man was running so fast, he was wearing light red trainers, his legs were aching, he was missing air.

Have + V-en
Exprime le bilan au présent d'une action dont l'origine est située dans le passé :
They've chosen to keep their baby despite the numerous possible health conditions.

De ce fait, il sert à exprimer le résultat d'un action :
This child has been sick for as long as I can remember.

Et les expériences, le vécu :
Have you ever visited Moscow ?
Fiona has never been invited to any party, sh's such a bore.
Exprime l'antériorité d'une action par rapport à une autre action passée :
The man had already left the room when she entered it.

Susan had never seen such a handsome man before the day she met Earl.

NB : La combinaison Have + been + V-ing existe et exprime par conséquent le résultat d'une action vu dans son déroulement :

You must be joking ! I've been waiting for you for over an hour !
The sun has kept shining all day.
It's been snowing all night, there are two meters of snow outside.
    1. Phonetics: -ed [t]/[d]/[id]

















1. Quand <-ed> suit une consonne sourde, on utilise sa forme sourde /t/. 

laughed, licked, hoped, hissed

2. Quand <-ed> suit une consonne sonore ou une voyelle, on utilise sa forme sonore /d/.

3. Après les sons /t/ et /d/ <-ed> se prononce /id/ car il est impossible d'avoir deux sons semblables l'un à la suite de l'autre /td/ ou /dd/

Evaluation: Promote the country you have chosen with a visual document (slide-show, photograph, video..)

Lesson 4: Best Film... Ever

Goal: Present the film of your choice (as long as it is PG 12 or U rated)

  1. Listening: Movie genres
    1. Some people talk about their favourite film genres: circle all the ones you hear (only once)
Action Adventure Animation Biography Comedy Crime
Documentary Drama Family Fantasy Film-Noir History
Horror Musical Mystery Romance Sci-Fi Thriller
War Western
    1. Fill in the grid
Hoa / Vietnam
I love comedy because, you know, whenever you watch a movie you want to have fun and you want to relax so comedies, most of the time, they always they bring us laughter and they bring the joy for you, so I like it. For the genre of movie that I don't like is horror movies because there is a lot of blood and there is a lot of killing and there is a lot of like devils in the movies and I just don't like that.
Jeff / Canada
A movie genre that I love is documentary style. I don't like wasting my time in these crazy Hollywood movies. I like to learn a little bit and extend my knowledge. I find that documentary style does this. The genre that I hate is probably romantic comedy. I'm already married, I don't have to go dating so I don't have to see these movies. Thank goodness!

Cheryl / Guam
What is the movie genre I love and hate. Well I can tell you that I love the horror genre. More the silent, creepy, psychological horror type but not the gross blood vampires, monsters, spattering everywhere type. I really love the Japanese horror movies because it's very silent and slow and the scariness is in your brain. It's not visible like in a monster or in a vampire or something. I don't think I hate any movie genre.

Mike / United States
I really love serious movies. I love dramas. Most people like action movies or comedies, maybe animation, and many people find dramas boring, but I really like them. I think they're more interesting. Not the same old car chase. Not the same old plot. What can I say? They're great.

Mauro / Brazil
My favorite movie genre? Let me see. I like a lot of romantic movies. I like love stories. They're really pretty amazing but on the other hand, what really makes me go to the theaters, what makes me rush to the theaters, would be the horror movies because it's something like brings s very big emotion when you're there, so horror movies, not my favorite, but it's what makes me go to the theaters.

Jonathan / Canada
A genre of movie that I like. I can't say that there is only one genre I like. I usually like movies which go against the grainand maybe combine different genres. It's a drama at one point and then all of a sudden there is comedy. There's a little romance, some suspense, some violence and you are always kept on your toes. You don't know what is coming next. A movie for example like "Momento" or "The Usual Suspects" where you weren't sure which direction the movie was taking.

: What's your favourite film? Why? Use the following questionnaire to interview one of your classmates, and report to the class.
Pupil A

Pupil B

Favourite film(s)?

How often you watch film?

What about?

Most watched genre(s)?

Favourite genre(s)?

Genre(s) you hate?



[Question of your own]

[Question of your own]

  1. Cast and crew. Watch the film credits and fill in this chart. Then write full sentences to present the film.
Arsenic & Old Lace
Warner Bros
Stars (2 names)
Cary Grant
Priscilla Lane
Frank Capra
Cast (3 names at least)
Raymond Massey
Jack Carson
Josephine Hull
Jean Adair
Peter Lorre
Julius G. & Philip G. Epstein
Adapted from... by...
a play by Joseph Kesserling
Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Sound editor
C.A. Riggs
Make-up artist
Perc Westmore
Visual effects
Byron Haskin and Robert Burks
Max Steiner

What is your general impression about the film? What genre do you think it is?

  1. Reading: read the article and answer the questions

'Arsenic and Old Lace,' With Cary Grant, in Premiere at Strand
Published: September 2, 1944 in The New York Times

As a whole "Arsenic and Old Lace," the Warner picture which came to the Strand yesterday, is good macabre fun. That it is not one of the top-ranking pictures of the year is attributable to two or three outstanding faults, any one of which could wreck a less sturdy vehicle. Frank Capra has put into the picture all of the riotous farce, gentle naivete and broad melodrama that Messrs. Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse put originally into the Joseph Kesselring stage play.

That Mr. Capra wasn't satisfied with the stage product and insisted on adding a few camera capers of his own doesn't do the picture any good. Fact is it does the picture some harm because it not only pads out an already-padded play but it also adds length to a picture which was built for speed rather than heavy hauling.

As an example, the picture opens on a now fairly tiresome note about strange and unpredictable Brooklyn, and nurses the laugh along with a riot scene at Ebbets Field, a scene which has no apparent reason for being in the picture at all. From there it switches to a high-octane schmaltz sequence in the marriage license bureau, where, above all things, people are getting marriage licenses, Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane among them. Then there is another sequence of fancy chasing and necking in a Brooklyn cemetery, and, finally, guess what, the story of "Arsenic and Old Lace."

Mr. Grant, as usual, turns in a creditable performance although his energy is likely to wear down, eventually, the stoutest spectator. As a hyper-vitaminized drama critic, he bounds, bellows, howls and muggs through practically two hours and that, combined with the inevitable mugging of Jack Carson, makes those two hours long ones indeed. To offset this, practically all the efforts of Josephine Hull and Jean Adair, as the two gentle poison-cup artists, are required to keep the show on an even keel. They're delightful in their roles.

The picture serves to welcome back Raymond Massey after an extended leave. While it is a little breath-taking to hear "Honest Abe" shambling around sounding like Lincoln but looking like Boris Karloff, that's the condition that prevails. John Alexander doesn't seem to wring the full flavor from his Teddy Roosevelt Brewster role, and, speaking of Roosevelt, the numerous political gag lines which went over so well in the stage play seem to fall more or less flat with the picture audience.

As it stands, "Arsenic and Old Lace" offers a large number of laughs and some genuine melodramatic thrills along with some cut-rate hokum. If you can be comfortable through the latter, the former will furnish a fair-to-middling reward.

  • Present the document globally.
This is a press review of the film Arsenic & Old Lace, published in the New York Times on September 2, 1944
  • List all the people named and say what they did in the film.
See chart above + names highlighted
  • Pick out elements that are positive about the film. Do the same with negative elements.
The pros and the cons the quotes highlighted in red outnumber the ones highlighted in green

  1. Watching: Watch the extract and fill in the grid.
Mortimer, Abby and Martha Brewster are having a conversation.
What are they talking about?
a dead body Mortimer has just found
Where are they?
in the dining room
What are Abby and Martha doing?
setting the table
Who died?
Mr Hoskins
Poisoned - he drank some wine with poison in it
Who killed him?
Abby and Martha Brewster
Where is the body?
In the window seat: a kind of box under the window
Because Abby and Martha didn't want to see Reverend Harper to see the body -- this would not have been nice for tea
What do you think about the extract?
It sounds crazy: Mortimer is frantic while the aunts are calm. He looks totally mental when in fact his reaction is understandable. The aunts' reaction is not.

  1. Grammar: la voix passive – le passé. Cours et exercices en annexe
  2. Méthodologie de la compréhension orale
(First 1'16") Interstellar reviewed by A. O. Scott for the New York Times. Overall a positive review.

7. Present the film you chose -- Guidelines

Speaking Task: total 5 minutes (including excerpt/trailer)
  1. You are going to present a film (either G = for all the family or PG = suitable for children over 12 years old rated). Present it thoroughly following these guidelines. You want to convince us the film is the best ever. You will also have to play an extract or the trailer (less than 3 minutes).
  2. Organize your presentation
    1. The characteristics (past tense -- passive voice:
    2. Original title
    3. Release date
    4. Genre
    5. Country & language
    6. Set in (date & place)
    7. Duration
    8. Director
    9. Script writer & original story
    10. Actors
    11. Producer
    12. Music
    13. Costume
    14. Sound effects
    15. Special effect (if any)
    16. Stunt (if any)
    17. Any other technical details
  3. The plot (present tense -- active voice)
  4. The review (present tense -- active voice)

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