Saturday, April 19, 2008

L3 civilisation Exposé marks etc

Exposé marks

I know you like to have the marks for your exposés, so that you can calculate how much time you want to work on the rest of the civilization tasks :=) So here they are.
I didn’t want to put your names and your marks on the internet for the whole world to know forever, so here are the marks by text.

The student who gave an exposé on « An account of a Captain Swing Riot » got 13,5 on twenty
The exposé on a 1908 speech by Mrs Pankhurst got 10.
The exposé on a Guardian article on 1926 also got 10
The exposé on the Fabian Manifesto got 13
The exposé on the autobiography of Trollope got 12
The exposé on the extract from John Stuart Mill got 11,5
The exposé on the piece from Karl Marx « a spectre is haunting Europe ... » got 11,5 also
The exposé on a parliamentary debate on the conciliation bill in 1912 got 12
And the exposé on the extract from Mary Wollstonecraft’s book got 13,5

In the last class on 9th May, we will have some more exposés, and vital information.
I will also have a short questionnaire for you about this semester's course, to see if next year I want to change aspects of it.

Good luck with revision etc.
Don’t forget to look at this page, which I will add to next week



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

L3 YouTube - Blackleg Miner (Steeleye Span)

YouTube - Blackleg Miner (Steeleye Span)

One of the documents you have in your booklet is the strike song "blackleg miner". This is still a popular song today at folk concerts.

This youtube video shows a Steeleye Span version (one of the most important English folk groups).

projet professionnel - dernier rappel

Les mémoires doivent être rendus avant le 7 mai. Déposez-les, s'il vous plaît, auprès de la secrétaire du département d'anglais.
Si le secrétariat est fermé, vous pouvez déposer votre mémoire dans mon casier dans la salle des enseignants au premier étage (mais si tout le monde fait ça, le casier sera vite rempli :=( ).

Les soutenances auront lieu le 15 et 16 mai. J'afficherai bientôt un planning sur la porte de mon bureau ( 208 ) pour inscription.

Si vous avez des questions, envoyez moi un courrier électronique.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Option A cinema The Dam Busters (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dam Busters (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is another British war film we will be looking at.

Option A cinema David Lean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Lean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On Friday we have our last class, since the 9th May will be the day of the final test. We will be looking at a couple of films. One of them will be "The Bridge on the River Kwai" directed by David Lean. Here is the wikipedia article about this director for you to have a read through.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

L3 TUC History Online 1926

The Union Makes Us Strong: TUC History Online

This site shows you a lot of documents connected with the General Strike of 1926. It is on the Trades Union Congress site, and so can be expected to be sympathetic to the strikers.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Grammar -should have

English Grammar Lessons

Finally (for today) here is some revision on "should have".

Grammar - had better

English Grammar Lessons

The expression "had better" (as in "You'd better be ready by the time I come") also causes some difficulty. Here is an explanation and short grammar exercises.

Grammar - supposed to

English Grammar Lessons

A lot of students have difficulties with the expression "supposed to". Here is a page with some useful short exercises, which includes also other expressions with "suppose".

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

L3 Civilization - the 1907 Music Hall strike

This week we are looking at trade unions between the 1880s and the end of the First World War.

One strike which made the headlines in Edwardian England was the Music Hall strike of 1907. In some ways this was not a typical strike - music hall artistes are not typical workers. Yet it seemed that both employers and employees used tactics typical of industrial conflict.

The strike did not cause economic disruption at the level of that of strikes by dockers or gas workers, but the popularity of the music hall meant that it was symbolically very important. It has been said that the fact that the strike was won by the artistes and musicians persuaded many other workers of the usefulness of joining trade unions.

You can find here, in French, a research article I wrote recently on the 1907 Music Hall strike.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

L3 Civilization - revision page

Contestation sociale en Angleterre

There are 3 more weeks of classes (two before the April holidays and one after) or rather two and a half since Thursday 8th May is a bank holiday.
The exam will be on Tuesday 20th May at 9 O clock (unless the timetable changes - check for yourselves, when it is posted). It will last four hours - you will spend two hours on a text commentary and two hours on an essay.

So, apart from reading more history books, or chapters from history books, you can visit the revision page I have set up. There you can listen again to extracts from classes.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

British cinema Revision

British cinema Revision - MP3 files, extracts from classes

To help you revise for your exam (which is just after the April holidays), you will find behind this link some extracts from the history sections of our classes, in MP3 form. Don't hesitate to download and listen to them on your MP3 players.

Remember also to read the books recommended in the course description, especially

Pilard, Philippe Histoire du cinéma britannique, Paris : Nathan, 1996

and, of course, to go to the cinema!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Option A cinema homework

As I explained in class, for students on Régime général, the second marked exercise will be a comparison of two films, one in English, one in French, in the same category. Below are the different choices. Remember you only choose two films!

NB Plagiarism : any one sentence copied from another source is a serious problem, except if the source is both quoted and justified.

First category
Heritage Films
Compare one of the films on the right with one of the films on the left

Orgeuil et préjugés Jean de Florette
Raison et sentiment Manon des sources
The Remains of the Day Les choristes
Howards End

Category two
« Social films »
Compare any one of the films on the right with one of the films on the left

Dirty Pretty Things Le fils
My name is Joe Ressources Humaines
Brassed Off La Graine et le Mulet
East is East La Promesse
Trainspotting La Haine

Category three
Compare one of the films on the right with one of the films on the left
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Les Visiteurs
The Full Monty Bienvenue chez les ch’tis
Bridget Jones Diary Le dîner des cons
Love Actually

Your comparison should be between 600 and 800 words long. You should not tell the story of the films, or talk too much about the actors, but talk more about why the director may have chosen this story, what values are presented, how the audience is attracted and amused or educated by the film, why people liked or did not like the film, and what image of France (or Belgium) and England are presented in the films.

L3 Civilization - Four suffrage campaigners

Jill Liddington has written a book describing the lives of a small number of women's rights campaigners. She tries to understand why they decided to become suffragists or suffragettes and what it change din their life. Here is a lecture she gave about this subject in London last Summmer.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Projet professionnel - Dates

Comme vous le savez, le mémoire est à rendre juste après les vacances d'avril.
Les soutenances auront sans doute lieu le 15 et 16 mai.