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Monday, October 26, 2009

RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Franke Harte - Singing Voices

RTÉ.ie Radio 1: Franke Harte - Singing Voices

Si vous aimez les chansons traditionelles irlandaises, vous trouverez ici (après les premières minutes) ce que vous cherchez.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Britain since 1900 YouTube - Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line

YouTube - Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line

In the 1950s, a new music style hit Britain - Skiffle. This video shows Lonnie Donegan.

And at this link you can see Lonnie Donegan singing another of his songs : " Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight? " (Quand tu laisses ton chewing gum collé au bout de ton lit toute la nuit, est-ce qu'il perd de son saveur?!)

Notez que beaucoup des ordinateurs dans l'Université ne permettent pas l'accès à youtube; ailleurs, vous n'aurez pas ce problème.

Bloc 2 identités et conflits YouTube - The Dubliners - Fields Of Athenry

YouTube - The Dubliners - Fields Of Athenry

Ce video des Dubliners est d'une chanson qui concerne la grande famine irlandaise des années 1840-1850.

CM identités et conflits YouTube - What is Hurling? (part 1 of 3)

YouTube - What is Hurling? (part 1 of 3)

Ce video sur You tube dure quatre minutes. Il essaie d'expliquer le sport traditionnel irlandais, le hurling.

Kanishk Tharoor: Britain is good at dealing with diversity - Commentators, Opinion - The Independent

Kanishk Tharoor: Britain is good at dealing with diversity - Commentators, Opinion - The Independent

An opinion article about ethnic and cultural diversity in Britain today.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bloc 2 identités et conflits Black Britons Webquest

Black Britons Webquest
Si vous avez un bon niveau d'anglais, ce webquest vous intéressera. Il vous demande de choisir trois personnes Noires qui ont le plus contribué à l'histoire de la Grande Bretagne... ce n'est pas forcément facile à choisir.

Passage for use in classroom exercise

(otherwise ignore)

Chapitre 1. Une part du “Black Atlantic”
N
ous allons étudier dans ce chapitre les origines des formes artistiques présentes au Carnaval de Notting Hill. Ces origines sont bien sûr caribéennes et africaines, mais de plus en plus internationales.

I. La continuité artistique avec les Caraïbes
A. Le Carnaval de Trinidad
Nous avons déjà parlé des similarités historiques entre le Carnaval de Trinidad et le Carnaval de Notting Hill. Ce dernier découle en effet directement du Carnaval de Trinidad, les formes artistiques représentées au Royaume-Uni sont donc pour certaines les mêmes que dans l'île caraïbe.
Le calypso
Le calypso est la tradition musicale trinidadienne par excellence. Le calypso est en effet une tradition de chants sur l'actualité, chantés tout au long de l'année mais qui connaît une période d'activité plus intense lors du Carnaval. Les calypsos comportent presque toujours un élément critique ou satirique.
La principale particularité du calypso, à ses origines comme aujourd'hui, est qu'il est un moyen de communication et d'information. Le chanteur de calypso fait des commentaires sur les événements marquants pour la communauté, que ce soit à propos des gouverneurs britanniques à l'époque du colonialisme à Trinidad ou de nos jours sur la discrimination raciale, comme le montre ce calypso de 1988 interprété par "Cro Cro" :
Corruption is a constant annoyance
For now too long in common entrance
You don't have to be intelligent that is a lie
Your father must be of good esteem and complexion high.

Le calypso permet ainsi d'informer les classes les moins favorisées de la société, leur servant en quelque sorte de « journal quotidien », en leur donnant accès à une information à laquelle elles n'auraient pas eu accès sans le calypso. Le calypso est la « mémoire des hommes » , car le rassemblement des nombreuses chansons perme

How to use wikipedia in university work.

News: A Stand Against Wikipedia - Inside Higher Ed

This article form a Higher Education journal explains the uses and pitfalls of the most popular encyclopedia in the world.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

L2 Phonétique Consonant Clusters with "s" and other sounds

Consonant Clusters with "s" and other sounds

A little pronunciation practice - follow the link.

BBC - Podcasts - Grammar Challenge (Learn English)

BBC - Podcasts - Grammar Challenge (Learn English)

- I need an MP3 player to improve my grammar!
- What??!!
- Yes, really! Follow the link above to the BBC Learn English website. Every week they give you a podcast (which lasts six minutes) on some point of English grammar. Just download and listen in the metro!

L'Ecosse contemporaine: Amazon.fr: Christian Civardi: Livres

L'Ecosse contemporaine: Amazon.fr: Christian Civardi: Livres

Si vous vous intéressez à l'Ecosse, je viens d elire cet excellent livre ...

Bloc 2 identités et conflits YouTube - Runrig - Live in Loch Lomond - Loch Lomond

YouTube - Runrig - Live in Loch Lomond - Loch Lomond

Suivez le lien pour regarder Runrig, un groupe de rock Ecossais très important pour l'identité écossaise. Ici ils chantent une chanson traditionnelle de l'Ecosse - Loch Lomond. La chanson est très vieille, mais ils la modernisent. Voici les paroles :


By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,

Where the sun shines on Loch Lomond.

Where me and tea tree my true love spent many days

On the banks of Loch Lomond.



Too sad we parted in yon shady glen,

On the steep sides of Ben Lomond.

Where the broken heart knows no second spring,

Resigned we must be while we’re parting.



You’ll take the high road and I’ll take the low road,

And I’ll be in Scotland afore you.

Where me and my true love will never meet again,

On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.



Ho, ho mo leannan

Ho mo leannan bhoidheach

(repeat x 8)



You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,

And I'll be in Scotland afore ye.

Where me and my true love will never meet again,

On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.



You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,

And I'll be in Scotland afore you.

Where me and my true love will never meet again,

On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.



You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,

And I'll be in Scotland afore you.

Where me and my true love will never meet again,

On the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.



You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,

And I'll be in Scotland afore you.

Where me and my true love will never meet again,

On the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Britain - current affairs - Diwali and multiculturalism : Festival of light that's heavy on the calories - This Britain, UK - The Independent

Festival of light that's heavy on the calories - This Britain, UK - The Independent

Saturday, October 17, 2009

CM Bloc 2 Identités et conflits YouTube - Save our planet, Save our jobs! - vestas factory occupation

YouTube - Save our planet, Save our jobs! - vestas factory occupation

Suivez le lien ci-dessus pour voir un video de la grève à Vestas en 2009. Les ouvriers menacés de licenciement ont décidé d'occuper leur usine.

L2 Civilization YouTube - The RT Hon Stanley Baldwin M.P. Campaign Speech 1929

YouTube - The RT Hon Stanley Baldwin M.P. Campaign Speech 1929

Here is a recording of a Conservative speech for the elections of 1929. For the first time, women and men had the same right to vote.

L2 Civilization - 1926 YouTube - Tony Benn & Duncan Hallas: Lessons of 1926 General Strike

YouTube - Tony Benn & Duncan Hallas: Lessons of 1926 General Strike

Here is a film based on a debate about the 1926 General Strike. It includes a speech by Tony Benn, who was a Labour government minister in the 1970s. It also includes a lot of films and photos from 1926. Click on the link above.

L2 Britain since 1900

I have updated the list of exposés, so look again at the message of a few days ago.
Next week we will be listening to three exposés
Doc 3 Socialism (Cécile R)
Doc 9 Emmeline Pankhurst (Djabhana S)
Doc 27 Proclamation of the Irish Rebellion of Easter 1916 (Laura T)

Prepare the documents a little; Ask yourself how you would comment on them.

British press : Asterix and the half century - Features, Films - The Independent

Asterix and the half century - Features, Films - The Independent
Asterix comics are fifty years old. In this article from the London paper "The Independant", the journalist calls Asterix "France's greatest export". Follow the link.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bloc 2 Identités et conflits -YouTube - llanelli scarlets 'sosban fach'

YouTube - llanelli scarlets 'sosban fach'

La semaine prochaine nous regarderons les identités écossaises et galloises. Ce video sur Youtube montre une chanson très connue en langue galloise.

Monday, October 12, 2009

CM Bloc 2 Identités et conflits Grève générale de 1926 au Royaume-Uni - Wikipédia

Grève générale de 1926 au Royaume-Uni - Wikipédia

L2 Civilization - dates for your exposés

You will find the date that you are doing your oral commentary, and other vital information here : click on this link.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

L2 civilization YouTube - Roaring Twenties:Crazy Night at Kit Kat Club in London, 1926

YouTube - Roaring Twenties:Crazy Night at Kit Kat Club in London, 1926

What wa sit like at the fashionable night clubs in London in 1926 ? Here is a link to a video clip from the 1920s

L2 civilization David Lloyd George : Biography

David Lloyd George : Biography
Here is the biography, on the spartacus encyclopedia, of Lloyd George, "the man who won the war".

L2 Civilization Opposition to World War I - Wikipedia

Opposition to World War I - Wikipedia

This short wikipedia article gives some information about opposition to world war one, which generally mobilized small numbers of people.

L2 civilization YouTube - A Little Bit of Cucumber - Harry Champion (1915)

YouTube - A Little Bit of Cucumber - Harry Champion (1915)


This was one of the most popular songs of 1915. It doesn't talk about the war.

L2 Civilization YouTube - Battle of the Somme - Real Footage

YouTube - Battle of the Somme - Real Footage

If you follow this you tube link you can see some film of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. When the film was shown in cinemas in Britain, it shocked many people at home. It was the first time they had seen war on the screen.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Children in Britain before the First World War

Here are some interesting resources.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Un trésor anglo-saxon trouvé par un chômeur chanceux - Libération

Un trésor anglo-saxon trouvé par un chômeur chanceux - Libération

British popular culture - the history of Monty Python

Is Monty Python's Flying Circus dead as a parrot? - Features, Comedy - The Independent

Follow the link above for an article about Monty Python. Or judge for yourself by watching these sketches on Youtube :

In this imaginary office, you can pay someone to disagree with you and have a good argument.


The ministry of silly walks


This man works as an accountant. He would like to be a liontamer, so goes for an interview.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Bloc 2 identités et conflits

Ce petit article de wikipedia introduit la question du multiculturalisme.

L2 phonetics - the phonetic alphabet

revise your phonetic alphabet here.

Britain since 1900 - some links

Music
A hit record of the very beginning of the twentieth century : Marie Lloyd "When I take my morning promenade"

My article La musique populaire en Grande Bretagne en 1916, in French.


Reforms
The National Insurance Act of 1911


People
George Bernard Shaw was an important playwright and intellectual of edwardian times. On this page you will find a series of short quotations from his work.