Some reading suggestions


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I’m sure you have plenty to do during your holidays, however here are some reading suggestions found online. They may even be useful throughout the year or even later if you feel like reading some good books in English.

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You can also try the  100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time from Time Magazine

You might also want to try the  three books all students entering Stanford must read before starting the year, it’s all about environment this year.



Help for your exam

jordan-whitfield-112404All right you’re a little less  than one month away from your exam. I’m sure you don’t worry too much about the English part of it. Indeed there is not much to do in the last days before you take it.

However, there are a few things you can do  to refresh your grammar, methods and your vocabulary besides practicing on mock exams, and you will find plenty HERE.

Here is a selection of exercises, websites and tips which you may find helpful.

You can test your knowledge of the 100 most common irregular verbs HERE and check the complete list of  638 irregular verbs HERE

128 words to use instead of VERY

Verbs, Verbs, Verbs: you have the paper version and here you can train or test yourself on a quiz. Be careful not to forget the punctuation, otherwise, you will be wrong.

And finally, for today, my favorite way of testing myself is a little game I told you about in class I can play on my phone Quiz your English-Cambridge English


More on environment

Here is the video to watch at least three times and you will take notes .

We will work in class from these notes so be thorough!

Next and last project, you will create a poster to either raise awareness or offer solutions on an environmental issue of your choice.

Here are two websites and examples to inspire you.

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And why not if you like reading, go further with these two  novels:



Preparing for an exam


Here comes the time when you need to prepare more actively for your final exams if you haven’t yet.

First watch the tips in this video:

Then you can check if you know all the following instructions vocabulary, and if not, learn it.


Instructions vocabulary

In accordance with: en accord avec
To account for sth: expliquer, justifier qqc
An account: un compte-rendu
To allude to: faire allusion à
To apply to: appliquer, s’appliquer à
To argue: soutenir (un point de vue)
Assertion: déclaration
To assume: supposer
An assumption: une supposition
The background: l’arrière-plan, le contexte
Brackets: parenthèses
To circle (the right answer): entourer (la bonne réponse)
A clause: une proposition (grammaire)
A clue: indice
Comparative forms: le comparatif
Compound adjectives: adjectifs composés
Compound nouns: noms composés
To connect: lier, relier
Derived from: dérivé de
A stylistic device: un procédé stylistique
Direct speech: discours direct
An excerpt = an extract: un extrait
To fill in (the blanks): completer
A grid: une grille, un tableau
To hint at sth: faire allusion à qqc
Indirect speech: discours indirect
An instance: un cas, un exemple
A key word: un mot-clé
A line: une ligne, un vers (poésie)
To link: lier, relier
A link word: un mot de liaison
To list: faire la liste de
To locate: repèrer
To mention: parler de qqch (sans insister)
A narrative: un récit
To occur: se produire
An occurrence: un fait, une occurrence
To pick out: relever, sélectionner (dans une liste)
To pick up = to notice: repèrer
A phrase = an expression: une expression, une locution
Quantifiers: quantificateurs
To quote: citer
A quotation: une citation
To recur: revenir (souvent), se répéter
To refer to: faire référence à
To relate: conter, raconter
To be related to: être lié, apparenté à
To rephrase: reformuler
A report: un rapport, un compte-rendu
To review: passer en revue, faire la critique
The root (of a word): la racine (d’un mot)
A root word: un mot racine
A sentence: une phrase
A sequel: une suite (d’un roman ou d’un film)
To single out: choisir
Starters: amorces (fournies dans un exercice)
To state: déclarer, affirmer
A statement: une déclaration, une affirmation
A stress: un accent (tonique)
To stress: accentuer
Suitable: adéquat, approprié
To sum up: résumer
A summary: un résumé
To tick (the right answer): cocher (la bonne réponse)
To translate: traduire
To turn into = to transform: transformer
To underline: souligner
View = opinion: un avis, une opinion
To write down: noter

And if you need some help to check and learn, here is a Quizlet.

Rosie the Riveter

On this important election day, I will nevertheless start this blog and add some extra information on Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter,  the first document in the collection of documents on women I gave you.

Click on any post and you will open a document or a video.

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And here is some of the vocabulary to go with it:

If you can, don’t forget to vote!