Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Listening to a New Zealand accent


Will a DNA based diet help you fit your jeans? 3 min 23 seconds



Tips for long distance parenting : 3 min 25 secs


100 years of women at the BBC - free online conference

 If  you can make it, I recommend you attend (virtually).

100 Years of Women at the BBC
7 May 2021 1pm – 5.30pm (BST)
Co-sponsored by Critical Studies in Television and Edge Hill University Institute for Social Responsibility
Characterised from early in its life as ‘Auntie’, the BBC itself has been gendered female in the cultural consciousness. But this belies an historically male-dominated institution in which women have often had to fight for their rights to be heard. Recent controversies around equal pay, misogynistic abuse towards BBC personalities and a lack of female representation at the top of the corporation suggest that the institution has far to go in matters of gender equality.
The workshop will present fresh and innovative work-in-progress research on women at the BBC. Our presentations will explore the careers of some pioneering female workers at the BBC. The workshop aims to shed fresh light on influential figures such as Grace Wyndham Goldie and Jill Craigie; to draw attention to careers that are often overlooked – such as gramophone operators or production designers; to re-examine forgotten on-screen personalities; and to consider women’s contributions to prestigious BBC strands such as Play for Today.  We will also think about the tools we use to explore women’s television history, with a panel that focuses on the pros and cons of using interviews as a research method for historical studies.
Registration for the event is free. Please visit the event website: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/isr/100-years-of-women-at-the-bbc/


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Saturday, March 27, 2021

James Cook. Video chapter five

This chapters covers first encounters in New Zealand, and questions arising.


James Cook agrégation post 65: Tupaia exhibition

Information about this recent museum exhibition here 


Friday, March 26, 2021

BBC agrégation orals

 This recording of a class given elsewhere will be useful for my students in Rouen. It is material we have already covered in class, but which needs listening to more than once. 


Monday, March 22, 2021

Video chapter 4 James Cook and his Expeditions

You will find here on YouTube the fourth chapter  on "Les voyages de James Cook" It takes us up to where he leaves Tahiti with Tupaia, en route for New Zealand (unknowingly).


Thursday, March 18, 2021


 If you missed the class on Wednesday at three, or if you need to hear it again, here is a recording

Just click here

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

listening agrégation

Here are the two pieces we listened to as practice for the agrégation interne compréhension orale. Of course we only listened to the first few minutes. I recommend that you listen to the whole programme. If yo understand less than 90%, listen three times.



Monday, March 15, 2021

Feuille de présence


Les stagiaires de l'agrégation interne devraient m'envoyer (après le troisième et dernier cours) par mail, une feuille signée de ce format. Merci!!

TD BBC agrégation interne, feuille de présence

























Video chapter 3: The Expeditions of James Cook

 You will find here another video chapter on Cook's first expedition.  these videos will first take a chronological approach, going through the three expeditions and commenting on significant, typical, or confusing episodes and their contexts.


Thursday, March 11, 2021

BBC préparation des oraux

Congratulations on having survived the written exams!

We have a few classes on text commentay before the orals. I think the first one is on the 17th.

Here is a collection of documents. We certainly will not have time to look at them all, but read through them and look up the references etc which will help you.

The collection is here 

aide aux étudiants


Aider et accompagner les étudiants à l'URN  

L’Université de Rouen Normandie se mobilise pour aider les étudiants en situation de fragilité, dans le contexte actuel de crise sanitaire. En complément de l’action de l’État et de l’établissement, les partenaires et les associations sont également sur le terrain pour accompagner au mieux les étudiantes et étudiants de l’Université.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Monday, March 08, 2021

Methodologie de la recherche en civilisation . Cours de M Mullen.

The classes  are going to be hybrid, as follows.

This week : you are working at home. 

1. Look at these worksheets


Answer as many of the questions as you can, taking notes.

Next week we will have a live class by zoom and we will look at the answers and discuss the problems.

2. Write in exactly 100 words an abstract for your research dissertation. Send it to me before next Monday  ( john. mullen at univ-rouen.fr ) Write it in English if you are in the English department: otherwise in French.

3. If you have any other questions, or anything to ask about methodology, ask by email.

NB cours en live mercredi prochain à 12h

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Monday, March 01, 2021

James Cook - the century and the power that produced him

 You will find here

The MP3 recording of the second live class, which looked at the eighteenth century, the society and the power which produced Cook.


The slides we looked at are here


I know most people are concentrating on other subjects in this last week before exams, and so i will wait a little before I put more Cook videos up on the Youtube Channel.

For the moment, the first two Cook videos are up there :