… on heroes

Some links to  video and audio documents seen in class or to go further and train your oral comprehension skills.

A 6 minute English podcast .

A transition from the American Dream to the men who built America,

https://www.history.com/embed/3406915954

https://www.history.com/embed/4726851561

https://www.history.com/embed/4725827776

https://www.history.com/embed/4725315836

https://www.history.com/embed/4725827742

https://www.history.com/embed/4725315815

And women, almost forgotten…

or famous and influential,

about IoT

Make  up your opinion on this hot new topic, the Internet of Things.

Some articles  from The Guardian and The Economist

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/23/smart-devices-solve-crime-murder-internet-of-things

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/14/data-generation-insights-internet-of-things

https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21721656-data-economy-demands-new-approach-antitrust-rules-worlds-most-valuable-resource

And some videos

 

 

…about Halloween

 

 

I know that was yesterday, but it’s never too late to learn something new isn’t it? So let’s start with some numbers.

 

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Some history  and more details about Jack O’ Lanterns from History.com

Try your pronunciation with those Tongue Twisters

Halloween Tongue Twisters

  • He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.
  • Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters
  • Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons.
  • Ghostly ghouls gather gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses.
  • Gobbling gorgoyles gobbled gobbling goblins
  • Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in halloween haunted houses.
  • If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?
  • If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
  • Professional Pumpkin Pickers are prone to pick the plumpest pumpkins.
  • Transylvanian Tree Trimmers are trained to trim the tallest Transylvanian trees.
  • Several spooky slimy spiders spun sulking by the sea
  • The ochre ogre ogled the poker.
  • Which witch wished which wicked wish?

Spooky PoemI wish to wish the wish you wish to wish,
But if you wish the wish the witch wishes,
I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

 

Learn more about the Halloween Superstitions

Halloween Superstitions

by S.E. Schlosser

Halloween Superstitions
Halloween is a time when common superstitions, folklore, myths and omens seem to carry more weight, due to a thinning of the wall between the physical and supernatural worlds.  A superstition is a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck.  Below are some common Halloween superstitions. 

Bats:   If you see bats flying around your house on Halloween – inside or out- it is a sign of ghosts and spirits nearby.

Black cats: Black cats have often been identified as witches’ familiars.  Crossing paths with a black cat on Halloween could be a sign of a witch nearby.  If you hurt a black cat on Halloween and you’ll have seven years of bad luck. If a black cat meows on your porch or near a window, a death will soon occur in the family.

Candle snuffing:   If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.

Cemeteries:   If you hold your breath while you drive by a cemetery, evil spirits can’t enter your body.  When passing a graveyard or a house where someone has died, turn your pockets inside out to make sure you don’t bring home ghost in your pocket.  There is an old superstition that says the body which is put in the first grave dug in a new graveyard is always claimed by the devil.

Coffins:  It is said that anyone who lies in a coffin, even for fun, is inviting death, and that no item of clothing belonging to a living person should ever be placed on a corpse when it is placed in a coffin, for as it rots in the grave so will the rightful owner decline towards death.

Crossroads:  If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.

Footsteps:  If you hear foot steps behind you on this night, don’t look back. It may be the dead following you. Turning back could mean that you will soon join the dead.

Ghosts:  If you see a ghost, walk around it nine times, and it will disappear.

Halloween birthdays:  Children born on Halloween are said to have the gift of second sight, which includes the power to ward off evil spirits.

Jack O Lanterns:   A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits and demons at bay.

Owls:  Many people used to believe that owls swooped down to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy was thought to be turning your pockets inside out and you would be safe.

Spiders: If you see a spider on Halloween night, it means that the spirit of a dead loved one is watching over you.

Tolling bells:   It is said that if you ring bells on Halloween, it will chase away evil spirits.

Warding off Spirits:  You should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.

Wind:  On Halloween Night, it is believed that those people who are destined to die within a year will hear a sigh that is carried by the wind which blows over the feet of the dead.

Witches:  Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.

 

And why not choose your favorite Halloween Joke Here

More information on the American Folklore website.

 

…about immigration

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As we close  this first theme, here are a few more documents which you may choose to watch, read or listen to.

You may of course use them for your presentation, or not.

First a timeline of immigration to the United States and  a documentary on Ellis Island

To go further on the story of SreyRam Kuy

Or on Chinese immigration,

Proposals on immigration from the new administration and  poets’ reactions on the current policy and their take on Emma Lazarus’ poem.

Imagining what a city would be like without illegal immigrants.

And finally, another kind of migration

There might be more documents to come.