Speaking English

1ere L

1ere L

Here you will find information about the units and documents we are working on.

Unit 1

- Do you really know what the English are like? English stereotypes

- The French: stereotypes and caricature (a different version of the article we worked on)

General Overview

France is a medium-sized country situated in the continent of Europe. It is an important member of the world community, though not nearly as important as it thinks. It is bounded by Germany, Spain, Switzerland and some smaller nations of no particular importance and with no decent shops.

Although France likes to think of itself as a modern nation, air conditioning is little used and it is next to impossible for Americans to get decent Mexican food there.


France has a population of 56 million people. 52 million of these drink and smoke (the other 4 million are small children).

All French people drive like lunatics, are dangerously oversexed, and have no concept of standing patiently in a queue. The French people are in general gloomy, temperamental, proud, arrogant, aloof and undisciplined; these are their good points.

Most French citizens are Roman Catholic, though you would hardly guess that from their behaviour.

Many French people are Communists. Men sometimes have girls' names like Marie or Michel, and they kiss each other when they meet.

American travellers are advised to travel in groups and wear baseball caps and colourful trousers for easier recognition.


In general, France is a safe destination, although travellers must be aware that from time to time the country is invaded by Germany.

Traditionally, the French surrender immediately and, apart from a temporary shortage of Scotch whisky and the increased difficulty in getting baseball scores and stock market prices, life for the American visitor generally goes on as before.

A tunnel connecting France to Britain beneath the English channel opened, making it easier for the French government to flee to London in case of future German invasions.

The French form of government is democratic but noisy. Elections are held more or less continuously and always result in a draw. The French love administration, so for governmental purposes, the country is divided into regions, departments, districts, municipalities, towns, communes, villages, cafes, and telephone kiosks.

Each of these has its own government and elections. Parliament consists of two chambers, the Upper and Lower (though confusingly they are both on the ground floor), whose members are either Gaullists or Communists, neither of whom should be trusted by the traveller.

Parliament's principal occupation is setting off atomic bombs in the South Pacific and acting indignant and surprised when other countries complain. According to the most current American State Department intelligence, the President is now someone named Jacques. Further information is not available at this time.



France has a large and diversified economy, second only to Germany's in Europe, which is surprising because the French hardly work at all. If they are not spending four hours dawdling over lunch, they are on strike and blocking the roads with their trucks and tractors. France's principal exports, in order of importance to the economy, are: wine, nuclear weapons, perfume, guided missiles, champagne, guns, grenade launchers, land mines, tanks, attack aircraft, miscellaneous armaments and cheese.

Public Holidays

France has more holidays than any other nation in the world. Among its 361 national holidays are: 197 Saints' days, 37 National Liberation Days, 16 Declaration of Republic Days, 54 Return-of-Charles de Gaulle-in -triumph-as-if-he-won-the-war-single-handed-Days, 18 Napoleon sent into Exile Days, 17 Napoleon Called Back from Exile Days, and 2 France is Great and the Rest of the World is Rubbish Days.

- Compound adjectives

- Translation: what you should NOT be doing... 


Unit 2 - Mystery & Suspense

- Les résultatives (leçon ici)

- La prononciation de -ed (ici)

- Stephen King's biography

- Misery, the trailer

Unit 3 - War and Children

- Revoir le passif : exercices  / le passif (leçon et exercices)

- Posters used in Great Britain during the Second World War.

- David Lodge (biography)

- Britain at war

- Children evacuating cities

Unit 4 - Mind Control

- Baba by Alanis Morissette

Unit 5 - Civil Rights

Nous effectuons donc un travail sur la compréhension orale.

N'hésitez pas à vous entraîner chez vous en écoutant des chansons (cf ici ou ici par exemple)

Vous disposez également d'un CD fourni avec votre manuel donc utilisez-le...
- Revoir le style indirect: exercices / leçon sur le style indirect

- Strange Fruit

Unit 6 - Appearances

Unit 7 

Unit 8


- Check what you really know:

--> the family

--> the house

--> clothes