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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Captain Cook agrégation anglais 2020 option civilisation post 25: more on commemoration

250 years later, what kind of commemoration is possible ?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b3zjLa5eXjc

And as a bonus one of the most well known paintings made immediately after the first expedition.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kongouro_from_New_Holland

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Brexit, episode 16

There is a lot of confusing news articles around. This is clearer than most, and deals with what might happen in October. https://www.rte.ie/amp/1078626/

Thème Corrections

I am hoping that I have now corrected the translations of all the students who sent me one (of Sabatier). If I forgot yours, I will fix it next week. I understand that many of you have another class next Wednesday morning, so there will be fewer of us. Naturally, you may send me the next translation if you have the energy.

Monday, September 23, 2019

UK media

I just gave this general class for the M1 MEEF, but it might be useful for others.

The slides are here.

And the recording is here

Master MEEF Le passé dans le présent part one

You will find here a recording of this part of the first class.

Inscription préparation agrégation

Il faut passer à la scolarité compléter son inscription: il y a beaucoup d'étudiants qui ne s'en sont pas encore occupé!

Séminaire H G Wells



Ce mardi 24 septembre 2019, Maxim Shadurski (University of Siedcle, Poland), viendra présenter son ouvrage, The Nationality of Utopia: H. G. Wells, England and the World State (Routledge, 2019), au séminaire de l’ERIAC (programme 1: http://eriac.univ-rouen.fr/the-nationality-of-utopia-h-g-wells-england-and-the-world-state/).

Le séminaire a lieu à partir de 16h30 en salle du CETAS (A 506) mais la présentation aura lieu vers 17h et vous êtes les bienvenus.

Crucial translation tool

As you must be aware, the more complex the translation, the more one finds dictionaries to be insufficient. They need ot be supplemented with Google and with other such tools. One of these is the British National Corpus, which is a huge collection of varied texts in British English, so you can find how words and phrases are used. If you don't know whether to say "scientific committee" or "scientific board", you will find out here ...
https://www.english-corpora.org/bnc/

Sunday, September 22, 2019

L3 popular culture : important scheduling questions!

On Tuesday 8th and on Tuesday 15th October, I will be participating in a selection jury for doctoral awards, so I will be absent and  there will be no class.

Note that there *will* be a class in week thirteen, on Tuesday 17th December.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Joke of the day

A I Say, I say, I say ... why don’t they have aspirin in the jungle?
B I don’t know: why don’t they have aspirin in the jungle ?
A Because the parrots ate ‘em all!

Captain Cook agrégation anglais option civilisation 2020 post 24 the eighteenth century

This video gives you a rapid, spectacular but well-done revision of the 18th century context.

Did you know which country was the richest in the world in the 18th century?

Find out here 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

UK supreme court

To keep up, in general terms, with the news, you need to know what the UK supreme court is. This will help : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_Kingdom

M1 MEEF civilisation GB changement de salle

A partir de la semaine prochaine, notre cours du mercredi, de 17h à 18h15, aura lieu en A515 . Faites passer le message svp.

Popular culture ... a comic sketch from 1931

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaw-savyK0s

M1 MEEF: Britain since the Romans

As I was mentioning in class, revising your general understanding of British history is very important. You will find here a class I gave for L1 a few years ago: Britain since the Romans, in six hours. The advantage of MP3 files is you can listen to them while doing your shopping, or on the bus.


1 Roman Britain 


2 Invasions 

3 The Middle Ages

4 The Reformation and the civil war

5 Industrial revolution and empire

6 Britain since 1900

L3 popular culture: reality TV and history

I will be putting up here most weeks links to videos or other content connected with our subject matter. This is an episode of a "historical reality TV show". The programme takes a Black British family from the 21st century, and asks them to live like a Black family might have lived in the Britain of the 1970s.

This is both a picture of social life in the 1970s, and an example of popular television today, in which many different kinds of reality TV attract large audiences, and historical reality TV is one important strand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6RAhpUOu4w&t=1669s


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Le cours aura lieu dans la salle A408.

Toutes les salles agrégation


Matière
Enseignant.e
Semestre
SALLE
Jour
Début
Fin
Semaines
Restitution
MOREL Julien
1
 A409
Mardi
09:00
10:00
46-50
Linguistique TC
1
CETAS
Mardi
38-50
Phonologie
HANCIL Sylvie
1
A408
Mardi
12:30
13:30
38-50
Littérature TC (Melville)
ROMANSKI Philippe
1
Préfabriqué 1
Mardi
14:30
17:00
38-43
Littérature TC (Webster)
BATAILLE Sylvaine
1
T107
Mardi
14:30
17:00
45-50
Synthèse
CABARET Florence
1
A510
Mardi
17:00
18:30
38-40
Synthèse
GILLARD-ESTRADA Anne-Florence
1
T107
Mardi
17:00
18:30
45-47
Version
TISSUT Anne-Laure
1
L312
Mercredi
10:30
12:00
38-50
Thème
MULLEN John
1
L312
Mercredi
09:00
10:30
38-50
Littérature TC (Ashbery)
GARDES Yves
1
A409 sauf S42 : A510
Mercredi
12:30
15:00
38-43
Littérature TC (Forster)
ROMANSKI Philippe
1
A409 sauf S47 : L213 et S50 : A401
Mercredi
12:30
15:00
45-50
Civilisation TC (Home rule)
VAUGHAN Géraldine
1
A409
Mercredi
15:00
17:30
38-43
Civilisation TC (Obama)
BENOIT Luc
1
A409
Mercredi
15:00
17:30
45-50

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Salle pour cours de thème mercredi matin

Nous serons dans L312 (bâtiment Lavoisier). Le cours de version à 10h30 sera dans la même salle.

Captain Cook agrégation anglais 2020 post 23 controversy

Controversy over commemoration of Cook’s expeditions.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/17/hes-a-barbarian-maori-tribe-bans-replica-of-captain-cooks-ship-from-port

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Captain Cook agrégation anglais 2020 option civilisation post 22: mariner's instruments

When in Alaska, Cook makes a present to one of the Russian fur traders of a "Hadley's octant". In today's times of GPS satellites, this kind of instrument is of course long forgotten, but at the time could be a matter of life and death for sailors. This eight minute video shows how an octant works.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thème agrégation septembre 2019

Some students have been sending in their translation for the first passage in the booklet, an extract from one of Anna Gavalda's novels (see blog post below, September 4th). I will try to get them back to people before the class: I generally manage this, but  it is not absolutely guaranteed.

If you receive your work back, you will see that it is marked by a system of negative points (points faute) in which you lose more for more serious mistakes, with grammar problems generally counting as worse than vocabulary problems, which in turn count as worse than register problems.

Someone asked me what the marking scale represents. It is of necessity rather approximate. When the agrégation translation papers are marked a whole team of markers get together and discuss in detail how many points should be taken off for (almost) every conceivable mistake. This takes a long time and a whole team of people and is obviously not possible for our practice translations. So all I can say is 1) the most important thing is to never make the same mistake twice, and in the case of grammar mistakes in particular make sure that the grammar book is thoroughly consulted and that you are sure you have absorbed the grammar point in question (grammar is hard). 2) The students who passed the agrégation with very little difficulty were, by the end of the year, getting around 30 negative points on a translated passage. Over 95 is definitely getting to be problematic.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Captain Cook agrégation anglais 2020 option civilisation: post 21: crash course

This ten-minute video has a rather particular tone, but is far from being without merit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yXNrLTddME

And, while we are on short videos, here is a very short one on ... 18th century cooking!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdmPIpQZPRg

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Thème (préparation agrégation, M2)

Bienvenue à la préparation de l'agrégation. Les cours de thème pour la préparation à l'agrégation ont lieu les mercredi matin à 9h. Les six premières semaines, des étudiants M2 recherche suivent également ces cours.

Vous trouverez ici la brochure des textes à traduire, et les instructions sur comment faire. Vous pouvez me poser des questions par mail si besoin.

Apportez le premier texte et votre traduction à la première classe, le 18 septembre.

Captain Cook, agrégation anglais 2020 option civilisation, post 20, controversy

In the Southern hemisphere, Cook is quite frequently in the news. Here is a short article about  a very recent example.

This longer article does not speak of Cook, but of the subsequent massacres.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

France 24

Demain j’interviendrai quelques minutes à la télévision pour parler de la situation politique britannique.  À 14h sur France 24 français et à14h30 sur France 24 anglais ...

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Culture, heritage, post-colonial policy

All of these questions are involved in this facsinating political and cultural heritage article about the possible return of the Parthenon marbles from London to Greece.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/31/greece-sculpture-swap-athens-partheon-elgin-marbles-boris-johnson