Monday, March 13, 2023

BBC, Football, et politique migratoire


Saturday, March 04, 2023

Thursday, March 02, 2023

16 mars sur zoom - conférence en français sur immigration diversité et multiculturalisme au Royaume-Uni

 Le Centre de recherches en civilisation britannique et l’Association France-Grande-Bretagne sont ravis d’annoncer une conférence sur le multiculturalisme au Royaume-Uni.

Le jeudi 16 mars, à Paris et sur zoom, à 18h précises (accueil du public sur place à partir de 17h30).

Conférence en français, ouvert au public, inscription obligatoire

N'hésitez pas à en informer vos étudiant e s.

Dans la salle des conférences du lycée Henri IV, 23 Rue Clovis, Paris, et également sur zoom.

S’inscrire gratuitement en envoyant un mail à afgb.resa-conf@orange.fr . N’oubliez pas de préciser si vous voulez assister sur place ou recevoir le lien zoom.

Pr Vincent Latour (Toulouse)  « Immigration, diversité et multiculturalisme au Royaume-Uni, de la fin de la Seconde Guerre à la nomination de Rishi Sunak. »


Conférences suivantes de la série :


Lundi 17 avril 2023  Philippe Chassaigne. « Après Elizabeth II, quelle monarchie pour le Royaume Uni ? »

Jeudi 25 mai 2023 Agnès Alexandre-Collier « L’Avenir du parti conservateur britannique. »


Conférences passées disponibles en ligne :


Nathalie Duclos « Le Royaume désuni ? Les Quatre nations au XXIe siècle »



John Mullen «La BBC : cent ans de service public?»



Roger Brown « Inequality in the UK »



Monday, February 27, 2023

Update March 2 L2 oral presentations

 L2 UK Media Oral presentations

Any student may now send me an email to say which subject they would like to talk about. If your subject is already taken, I will ask you to choose another.

Note that if you have prepared a slide presentation on a Mac computer, you should come with your computer *and with an adapter so that our HDMI/VGA cables can display your slideshow.

Remember we have internet in the classroom, so if you are presenting a podcast or a TV programme, you can show a short extract.

Here are your dates.

Note that your date will not change. If for any reason I am absent one week (ill, for example), the people who were supposed to give a presentation that week will do it at the end of the semester (probably on zoom as an oral outside class). The people on the calendar in the following weeks will not change their date.

We missed one class because of the movement to defend pensions. Although I am too old to be personally affected, I want to support others. There may be other classes affected, but I will make sure everybody has a chance to give a talk, one way or another.

Your talk will last eight minutes (seven is acceptable). I will stop you after eight minutes

The aim of your exposé is to say everything which is interesting about your subject. Just explain what kind of magazine/podcast/show it is,  who reads or listens to it and why, in your opinion? What do they talk about? What are its strong points? How successful is it?  Is it  typically British?  Is anything surprising about it? etc etc  Give some typical examples of front pages, of articles,  of letters, of illustrations,  of adverts etc.

The links given in the list below are just to help *the other students* see what they are going to learn about - the person doing the exposé will need more.

The people who go first have first choice of subject. I will add more subjects so that even people at the end have a little choice.

All marks will be given at the end of the semester.

Any questions - email me at john dot mullen at univ hyphen rouen dot fr

8 février Chloe V. 

Angélique W: Girl Talk pre-teen magazine https://www.immediate.co.uk/brands/girl-talk/ 

15 février : Charlotte P. ; 

Jose Maria R.  Men's Health magazine https://www.menshealth.com/uk/ 

Joseph T. The Economist https://www.economist.com/ [I am fairly sure that the library "Poles Langues" in bâtiment A stocks all issues of The Economist]

1 mars : Maeva M. Bella magazine https://www.bellamagazine.co.uk/ [Careful - it is the UK version we are interested in, not the US one]

Izabel M.  Church Times https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/

 Lea M. New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/

 Morgane P.  LGBT Sports podcast on the BBC


Julienne U.  New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/

8 mars : Amélie J. The Voice - UK Black magazine https://www.voice-online.co.uk/

Naomie K. Socialist Worker https://socialistworkerb/.co.uk/

Rachel L. UK Film Review https://www.ukfilmreview.co.uk/uk-film-magazine

15 mars : Zahra E. Victorian Pharmacy 


 Angie F.  Keeping Up Appearances


 Louis F. Americast ; 

Sarah G.  Irish World https://www.theirishworld.com/ ;

22 mars : 

 ; Theo D. BBC inside science


 ; Jules D. ; 

Anaelle D. ; 

Léa F: Red Pepper

29 mars :  Rachelle D. The Ecologist  ; Camille D. ; Amelia D. Secrets of size   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miDIJOxXiI8 ; Juliette D. ; Lee Lou P. Attitude

5 April : Meriem B.  Absolutely Mama

; Naomi B. How Earth Made Us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emEq6x5_dpc&list=PLnKT2rnsk6TBHFIpRIYAc8FN8E_9aiC_r 

 ; Sarah C. ; Solène C. the History Hour

Clémentine H Edwardian Farm 


12 April : Classroom test

3 mai

Faustine A. Lives less ordinary ; 

Cherifa A. ; Lila B. ; Cassilia B. ; 

Jade H.: Woman's hour (BBC podcast).



Melysande D. : A House through Time.

You will have noted from your booklet that the subjects of the presentations will be chosen from the following list.


Magazines : Church Times, New Statesman, Muslim News, Red Pepper, Girl Talk, The Ecologist, Absolutely Mama, UK Film Review, Men’s health, The Economist, Bella, New Scientist, Socialist Worker, The Voice, Irish World, Attitude,  (16 magazines)

Podcasts : The Life Scientific, Slow Radio, Woman’s Hour, Lives Less Ordinary,  BBC Inside Science, The History Hour, Front Row, The LGBT sport podcast, On This Day, Wireless Nights, The Cultural Life, Money Box, Americast, This Cultural Life, More or Less (15 BBC podcasts)

 TV series:  The Victorian Pharmacy, Back in Time for Dinner, Edwardian Farm, A House through Time, Airline, How Earth Made Us, Secrets of Size, Punk Britannia, Folk Britannia, Keeping up with Appearances, Wartime Farm, Songs of Praise, Yes Minister, Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Sewing Bee, Blackadder. (16  British TV programmes).

(I will add more to this list  soon, because people wanted more choice.) 


 Good luck to all of those people taking the agrégation this week!

Thursday, February 16, 2023

L3 orals preparation: Thomas Babington McCauley and Frederick Douglass

You will find here the Mp3 recording of the class on McCauley and the 1832 Reform Act


You will find here the Mp3 recoding of the class on Frederick Douglass


You will find here, free online, Frederick douglass's (second) autobiography. I know you have many other things to do, but I recommend you read the first few pages.


You will find here the PowerPoint presentations which accompanied all four of the first classes of this semester.


L2 The UK media: resources

1) Scroll down to see the updated post about the talks you are giving in class. Do send me an email if you have a talk in March and you haven't yet chosen a subject.

2) You will find here the Mp3 recording of the very first class, introducing the UK press.


3) You will find here the powerpoint slideshow of both the introduction to the UK press and the talk on "media studies : key concepts".


4) You will find here the Mp3 recording of the class on "medias studies: key concepts".


5) Have a good break !

UPDATE CAPES Interne. Friday class cancelled

I’m afraid I have laryngitis and must not talk! So I need to cancel this afternoon ‘s class. If you can make sure everyone knows.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Agrégation : message de Mme Besnault

 Chères et chers étudiant-e-s, 

Le cours sur Wuthering Heights, d’Emily Brontë, commencera le mardi 14 février, de 15h30 à 18h00, pour une première séance d’introduction avant les écrits, en T 107. Une page universitice a été créée pour ce cours. Merci de vous y inscrire: https://universitice.univ-rouen.fr/course/view.php?id=26535 <https://universitice.univ-rouen.fr/course/view.php?id=26535>
Agreg- Brontë. Clef d’inscription WH-AB

Pour toute question, vous pouvez me joindre par mail: anne.besnault@univ-rouen.fr <mailto:anne.besnault@univ-rouen.fr>

Monday, February 06, 2023


Saturday, February 04, 2023

L3 Orals Tom Paine podcast

 You will find here the Mp3 of our class on Tom Paine  Just click here

You will find here a 30 minutes TV programme on Tom Paine by comedian Mark Steel. There are plenty of jokes, but the programme also has a serious educational purpose Just click here

week 33

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwf-Qniwgr0&t=55s  banner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh_pikNlEp4 Peterloo

Thursday, February 02, 2023

CAPES et AGREGATION Journée d'étude linguistique ouverte à tous et à toutes

Mme Goudet organise une journée sur la linguistique aux concours (CAPES et agrégation) qui pourrait intéresser celles et ceux qui envisagent de passer ces concours un jour, sur un point de vue aussi méthodologique que sur des points particuliers des programmes (très ouverts aux deux concours).

La journée a lieu le 17 février, dans la salle de conférences de la MdU.
Le programme est ici : http://eriac.univ-rouen.fr/linguistique-hors-programme/

Vous pouvez également assister à cette journée en direct à cette adresse : https://webtv.univ-rouen.fr/lives/en-direct-de-la-maison-de-luniversite

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

salles du jour

 9h Thème L306

10h30 L3 orals L212

13h30 CAPES interne A506

15h30 L2 UK Media L01

Tuesday, January 31, 2023



Monday, January 30, 2023

M2 January exam translation. Suggested translation


Suggested translation

Exam M2 translation January 2023

 My mother had begun as a typist  in a local healthcare insurance office and had moved up the ranks. She was a personal assistant and head of staff, in a hospital run by the National Health Service.

 “But we might be leaving Chateauroux.”

“Where would you go?”

“We might go to live in the Champagne region.”

 The move to the East had three reasons behind it. Firstly, she had applied for a job at the health insurance service in Reims. One of her friends had lent her a flat in Toul. And lastly, the new law on kinship had been passed, and it allowed fathers, with their spouse’s agreement, to recognize a child born out of wedlock, later in their lives.

 “Your mother tells me you are doing well at school.”

“Yes, I am, but I don’t like maths. I prefer foreign languages and French.”

“ Maths is a logical way of expressing things, really, you should be interested in that. What languages do they teach you at school?” 

“Only English for now. In year 9, I will start on German and Latin. What about you? What exactly do you do at the European Council? Do you translate what people say?”

“That’s what the interpreters do: they translate as people are speaking; usually they are in a  booth. I’m in charge of the translation department. Do you know what Indo-European languages are ?”

He explained this. 

I felt overwhelmed by the flow of information. I began to doubt that I was gifted in languages, and began to look at myself and my ambitions with irony.

“Are your children bilingual?”

Le voyage dans l’Est, Christine Angot, 2021

Send me an email john. mullen at univ hyphen rouen dot fr if you have questions.


L3 orals videos

 An entertaining fifteen minute introduction to the Reformation:


A lecture giving a left-wing view of Thomas Paine


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Thème agrégation, the last few weeks

On the 1st February we will be working on the passage by Sarrazin. This is the last in the booklet I gave you, so here are three more in order (although it may be that we only have two classes left ). Each of them is an extract from some book which won some prize in 2022.

Brigitte Giraud

Maud Viotty

Giulano da Empoli