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Sydney dust storm

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Pictures from the dust storm in Sydney. A storm which blew in from the Australian outback blanketed Sydney in a layer of orange dust. Here, residents describe the bizarre and frightening scene.

Une énorme tempête de sable rouge venu du désert, a fortement perturbé ce mercredi la vie des habitants de Sydney, alors que le pays qui connaît une période de temps chaud et sec, doit également faire face à des incendies dans le Queensland. Les deux photos ont été prises à quelques heures d'intervalles. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) – Cliquez pour voir la photo suivanteLes services météorologiques ont émis une alerte en raison des forts vents attendus. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) – Cliquez pour voir la photo suivanteLe célèbre opéra de Sydney est à peine visible. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) – Cliquez pour voir la photo suivante

pictures from http://www.liberation.fr/monde/1101619-sydney-s-est-reveille-la-tete-dans-le-rouge:i-1

Days of children reading books ‘are numbered’

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The days of children reading traditional books are numbered, claims the man spearheading a campaign to improve literacy in schools.

 

Publishers must adapt titles to the demands of modern young readers who spend more time on the internet if they are to succeed in persuading the next generation to read, says Jonathan Douglas, the director of the National Literacy Trust.

He made his remarks as researchers prepared to tell a conference starting today that children’s reading habits slump dramatically after they start at secondary school. The typical eight-year-old reads nearly 16 books a year but, by the time they reach 15 or 16, this has dwindled to just over three books per year. The big drop-off starts after the first year of secondary school, when the number of books read falls from nearly 12 a year to just six.

The study, based on interviews with nearly 30,000 pupils aged seven to 16, also shows a growing trend towards reading comics, magazines, newspapers and online articles, and playing computer games, after the first year at secondary school.

“Reading books does not maintain the strength of its hold on young people as an activity,” Mr Douglas said. “It begins to diminish from the age of 11. Publishers and the book trade must reinvent the book. They have to produce more graphic novels. Children are much more visually conscious than they were before – and the book trade must reflect this.

“Reading is not a static activity. It has always changed from one generation to another, depending on where literacy skills sat within society and what texts were available and why.”

A research paper entitled What Kids Are Reading, by Professor Keith Topping of Dundee University, will be presented to a national conference on literacy and numeracy in Stansted today. It also reveals marked differences in the books that girls and boys choose to read.

Among pre-teen girls, Jacqueline Wilson is overwhelmingly their favourite author. Her books explore growing up and teenage relationships and emotional development. Boys prefer adventure stories such as J K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels and children’s books by Roald Dahl.

Many respondents did not believe they were engaging in reading if they were scanning items online. Mr Douglas said: “Twenty-nine per cent did not see themselves as readers but they were spending a vast amount of time reading online.

“They thought reading only related to books. This shows we will have to develop new strategies for promoting reading to children in future.”

One way would to do this would be to ensure that more classic books and novels were made available online with illustrations, he added.

taken from : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/days-of-children-reading-books-are-numbered-955497.html

What about you ? Do you still read novels ?

September 11th

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Douze couvertures de quotidiens américains le 12 septembre 2001 (DR)

Je voulais vous faire partager une réflexion interessante sur les une des journaux et sur la répétition des images à la une de certains médias.

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Will Michael Moore’s next target be Barack Obama?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Read this article (it is quite short) about Michael Moore’s next movie.

Rosie the Riveter

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

As I mentionned Rosie the Riveter in class today, here are a few pictures of this cultural icon.

She represented the American women who worked in war factories during World War II many of whom worked in the factories and manufacturing plants  that produced munitions and materiel. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs and sometimes took the places of the male workers who were in the military. The character is now considered a feminist icon in the US, and a herald of women’s economic power to come.

Real “Rosies” at work :

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