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1)Underline 5  similarities between Ken Loach’s life and work  and Gustave Courbet’ s life and work.

2)Choose 5 sentences or more and ask as many questions as you can.



Gustave Courbet was born in  La  Vallée de la Loue (Loue Valley) in Franche-Comté on June 10th 1819 .He studied in Besançon and Paris. His family wanted him to study law but he preferred drawing and painting. He spent a lot of his time in museums copying a huge amount of paintings and eventually stopped studying law. He was politically involved in La Commune and was attributed the destruction of La Colonne Vandôme.

He liked saying “Courbet sans les courbettes”.It means that he was a very straightforward person with a lot of  personality- at times, too much!He wrote many interesting pamphlets and letters to explain his viewpoints  about painting. He didn’t want to work for the Académie des Beaux-Arts and refused any type of promotion linked to the government because he wanted to be a free “thinker”.

He had a son who  died when he was 25 years old .

He was condemned by the French government and put in prison.  He died in exile in Switzerland on December 31st 1877. The debate about his responsibility or the absence of responsibility in the destruction of the Column is  still going on.

His painting has the realism of every day life:

-people  at work

-people coming back from a burial

-ordinary people  at a burial

-hunting scenes with realistic details

-ordinary people by the riverside

-nudes  with realistic details

-portraits and landscapes of his region

The common key-word and denominator between the two  people is  r e a l i s m .


Ken Loach was born on June 17th 1936. He started studying law  and eventually became a comedian. He is interested in shooting films and documentaries about  daily life.He becomes  the reference for “docudrama”, a mixture of fiction and documentaries.

He wants to show the difficulties of people in today’s world. The words  which best sum up his work are= dark and gloomy, depressive  and depressed, depression,  gloominess and darkness.

He usually resorts to ordinary people rather than real actors.

He likes shooting films about the working-classes.
  Kes (1969)  is a film about a young boy who trains a kestrel in an ordinary working-class family with very ordinary people.


-cinema as a tool for understanding our world

-cinema should inform, educate and high light our human condition

-cinema should stress important elements in people’s daily life=

their problems in their jobs and their family relationships.

-cinema should serve politics, ethics and economy more than entertainment.

– “Humour is essential to our humanity”. “It is a question of  survival.”

– Football is part and parcel of social life in working class families

Regions shot by the artist:

 Sheffield, Manchester-Liverpool , Glasgow.




from A2 Bhutan, the last valley in sanskrit is also called the Kingdom of the Dragon



 The wedding of the King and the Princess of the Kingdom of the Dragon.

Bhutan in English or Bhoutan in French is a country as big as Switzerland.School is compulsory for boys and girls. The language is “ dzongkha” . English is compulsory for boys and girls. School has got a mixed number of boys and girls. You can see dragons everywhere in Bhutan.

Bhutan means the last valley in Sanskrit. The inhabitants are the Bhutanese. 


My noun toolbox friend=

music, a uniform, silk, shiny silk, a scarf,respect, a tie, the lady, the gentleman, ladies and gentlemen, the King, the Princess, the crown, a necklace, a ring and a watch, fruit, the Palace of Happiness,


My adjective toolbox friend=

happy, unhappy, manly and handsome, lovely and beautiful, sad, nervous, afraid and frightened, obedient, respectful, smiling, serious, kind, good-looking, green orange, red, black, white, yellow, grey, purple, in love, not in love, tolerant, different, religious and military


My verb toolbox friend=

to be in love, to walk, to smile, to sing, to hold, to bow, to pay respect to, to like, to enjoy, to hate, to accept difference, to wear (the lady is wearing) (the gentleman is wearing)


My preposition toolbox friend=

close to, near, behind, in front of, on top of, up, down


My culture toolbox friend=

Bhutan, India, Nepal, The Himalayas, a country, wedding or marriage, ceremony, tradition, history, war, peace, a Catholic, Catholicism, a Protestant, Protestantism, an Islamic, Islam, Buddhism, a Buddhist, a Hindu, Hinduism, religion.



The Duke of Cambridge and charity work


A1-A2-B1 Our film review of the Secret of Kells



About the film: Where does the story take place?

1) It takes place in Iona in Scotland

2) It takes place in Kells in Ireland

3)Louis Le Bocquy, a painter (born in 1916) inspired the film-maker

3) The book was transferred in 806 from Iona in Scotland to Kells in Ireland

Who are the characters of the film?

Abbot Cellach:

1) he is a tall and protective man who lives in a tower

2)he forgot he was an illuminator in the past

3)he has got ginger hair

4)he lives in a tower to forget the past

Abbot Aidan:

1) He is of small size

2)he teaches Brendan how to draw  or how to observe

Pangur Ban:

1) She is a real and mythical cat

2) She is only mythical

3) There are poems written by the monk in the archives which mention the cat

Aisling's parents:

1) They were killed by Crom Cruach

2) They died when she was younger

3) They are still alive


1) She is a fairy and an angel

2) She is intelligent, careful and also very sensitive

3) She moves on four feet

4) She can transform herself into a wolf

Abbots Tang, Leonardo and Assoua:

1) They are all illuminators

2) They are allowed out of the monastery

3) They are not allowed out of the monastery

4)They are entirely dedicated to the scriptorium

5) They eventually/finally die but the spectator doesn't see them

The Vikings:

1) They are not menacing shadows

2)They are represented as cruel animals

3) They represent death, unhappiness, dangers and tragedy, destruction and war, horror and blood

Crom Cruach:

1) He is a Celtic God with a snake

2)He represents the dragon as a legend

3) He was shot by Saint Patrick in Irish mythology

4)His name means  "The Dark One"

What are the Celtic symbols in the film?

1) The square

2) The rectangle

3)The triangle

4)The circle

5) light modifies the scenes

6) light doesn't modify the scenes

7) forest as paradise on earth

8) forest as opposed to flat landscapes

9) the circle as the symbol of harmony

10) the "triskele" is a Celtic symbol which is a representation of water, fire and earth

 And now the story:

1) it starts when Brendan is a child and finishes when he is an adult

2)it is the story of  the evolution of a young boy into adulthood

3)the Book is always present in Brendan's mind

4)the Vikings are always present in Brendan's Uncle's mind

The Book of Kells:

1)The Book of Kells is a real book which is in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

2)The Book of Kells  isn't a real book and doesn't exist.

It is a legend.

What about Pangur Ban, the magic spell and spirit?

1)Pangur Ban, the white cat, existed. She is a female cat.

2)Pangur Ban the white cat never existed.

3)One of the monks  wrote poems about her.

How is Celtic mythology  represented ?

1) symbols inspired by  nature and  animist cults.

2) it is close to natural rites and rhythms

Can you name painters who inspired the artist?


The monastery is very beautiful.

The colors are original.

People are monks and priests.

Walls have got bizarre shapes.

Brendan is twelve years old.

He is an orphan: he hasn't got any parents.

His father and his mother died.

He meets a very friendly girl: she is called Aisling!

She will help him. She is a fairy. He is looking for berries to make ink

because he wants to write the Chi Ro page.

Brendan is of medium height and size and has got ginger hair.

He lives in Kells in Ireland.

Brendan's Uncle is the head of Kells.

He is taking care of other monks and people.

The book is very important to him.

The security and safeness of the monastery matters to him as well!

He  lives in a tower which opens with a very narrow door.

He  is very strict because he wants to save the monks and his people from the Northmen's attacks.


The Secret Of Kells

Description of Aisling: long white hair and green eyes. She looks like a fairy and she is one! She has the power to turn the cat, Pangur Ban into a fish-cat, a spirit! She can use her spells!

Description of Brendan: short orange hair and blue eyes, long feet, curly and funny ears! He is the hero of the story and we can see him when he is older!

Description of the monks: Asian, African, all walks of life! They are wearing long red coats

I like the scene when :

- When the bad guys come and attack the town of Kells

- When Brendan goes into the forest to look for an eye

My best scene :

- When Brendan dreams that the Vikings will attack Kells because he has visions and can trust his imagination! He is a visionary!

My least favourite scene :

- When Brendan makes a lot of drawings on the Book! He is inspiring!

I like the scenes when there is

  • a lot of suspense and many battles
  • when the forest is beautiful
  • when the book is beautiful and turns into a magic spell!
  • Pangur Ban is really cute with two different colours for his eyes! Pangur Ban did exist! He was one of the monk's cat. The monk wrote poems about her!


Our  film review about the Secret of Kells

I liked the scene when the little boy writes the sacred book

-I liked the discovery of the forest

-I liked the scene when he catches the monster's eye.

-We liked the red and the green colours and the drawings!

My best scenes:

- The meeting between Aisling and Brendan

-She is quicker than Brendan,

she runs faster and she is the best!

-She has magical powers to trasnform nature .The cat can go where she cannot

My best favorite scenes

-When his Uncle is hurt, someone tells Brendan : « You must go, your Uncle is not dead! »

- Brendan disobeys his Uncle to pick up berries because he is not allowed to do so!

-Vikings's attack and the wolves eat the Vikings in the forest

-Brendan thinks the bees will attack him but it is not true!

the Vikings 's attacks are in red

Aisling in the forest

the wolves 's scenes are also in red

Aisling 's eyes

the wolves 's eyes

beautiful nature: waterfalls, rivers, leaves in spring, leaves on trees, leaves falling down,

the Vikings' s eyes

Pangur Ban

the monster Crumach

The scene when Brendan is writing

when the Vikings go Kells

When Brendan meets his uncle

The wolf's lips and mouth

When Brendan   writes the Book of Kells

the fire, the sky, the buildings, the walls, the attacks, the

Brendan catches the goose

Brendan's UNCLE's clothes

green berries for green ink

Aisling disappears and gets lost in darkness

red represents evil or  a danger: it means something bad is going to happen

and green represents what is best and good in life, luck, happiness,

writing and drawing


The project:Let us write a letter of congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton

Let us  write a letter of congratulations to

Prince William and Kate Middleton

on the occasion of their engagement

Conformément à ce que nous avions dit et à ce qui avait été décidé ce vendredi 19 novembre, nous réaliserons ce projet qui nous tient à coeur. Ecrire et envoyer une lettre de félicitations aux jeunes fiancés.

Nous utilisons le moteur de recherche hooseek (moteur de recherche à visée humanitaire donnant une partie de ses gains à des associations -Amnesty International, Clowns sans frontière en font partie par exemple ) ou celui installé dans l'établissement et  nous nous connectons sur le site de Clarence House,

la résidence du Prince Charles et de ses deux fils.




Pour chercher des informations sur Le Prince et la famille royale ainsi que sur la famille de Kate Middleton.Le site wikipedia peut être utile ainsi que les sites officiels de Buckingham Palace

Les compétences mises en oeuvre (palier 1:modernité et traditions) visent aussi et surtout à utiliser hors de la salle de classe nos connaissances, tout comme la chanson 'Do you like?' que nous irons chanter le vendredi 3 novembre chez nos voisins de l'Ehpad et à rebondir de manière constructive sur un fait positif et réjouissant de l'actualité dans un  espace culturel précis directement lié à nos programmes: celui de la famille royale.

-rédiger une lettre et savoir manipuler les formules de politesse

-se présenter et faire une description ou un portrait de quelqu'un

(biographies  du  Prince William et de Kate Middleton:

-date of birth: When was he born? When was she born?-physical  description-training and jobs)

-brevet informatique des collèges (domaine 4: s'informer, se documenter)

Nous cherchons les mots  dans le lexique de Enjoy ou dans les dictionnaires de l'établissement

ou sur le site wordreference.

Nous nous présentons en tant que classe en disant:

1)qui nous sommes:

des élèves d'un collège

notre âge

nos goûts et nos préférences

nos peurs et nos espoirs pour notre futur et pour le monde

2)ce qui nous plaît dans la langue anglaise :

We enjoy +base verbale+ing,

We enjoy + noms

We are fond of+base verbale+ing

My best moment is...

Our best moment is...

Our worst moment is when...

3)ce que nous trouvons difficile dans la langue anglaise:

We do not like...

We do not enjoy+ base verbale(verbe sans to)+ing

4) nos projets:

In the future we want to be...,

In the future we want the world to be...

In the future, we will be...

5)nos souhaits:

We wish you...

We hope you will be...

Nous utilisons les formes pleines des verbes.

Nous nous devons d'avoir un style noble et distingué, le destinataire étant l'un des membres de la  famille royale. Ce que nous dirons ici et que nous écrirons sera différent de ce que nous écrirons à un ou une camarade. Le registre utilisé est différent.

We must write  with our best English pens and use our best English!

6)Last but not least

(en dernier et non des moindres, le plus important restant pour la fin)

Nous félicitons le prince et sa fiancée:

- la formule de politesse qui convient pour s'adresser à sa Majesté Le Prince William

- les mots suivants apparaissent:chance, réussite, protection, féliciter, encourager,oeuvres humanitaires, bénévolat

-les formules de politesses pour conclure: Best regards  et  autres variantes possibles

Un travail d'écriture poétique  sur 'Ode to Joy' ayant été bien conçu lors de la semaine européenne des langues, nous composons  un acrostiche à partir du mot 'Congratulations!' et intégrons des éléments-clés de nos recherches.

Fingers crossed ! Toes, knees and feet double crossed!

Croisons les doigts!

S'il faut s'attendre et se préparer à une absence de réponse,

n'oublions  pas le plaisir que nous avons à réaliser ce projet et

à... espérer!


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