These tests from the Science and Nature section of the BBC web site cover a whole range of topics including "What sex is your brain" and "What do your snack food habits say about your approach to life?" Find out who you really are!
For those of you interested in vampires, this online BBC magazine has vampire fiction, audio versions of vampire tales, vampire quizzes, video interviews with vampire experts and lots more vampire things. Not for the easily frightened!
Early in 1999, the British Film Institute produced a selection booklet and sent copies to 1,000 people embracing all strands of the film, cinema and television industries throughout the UK - producers, directors, writers, actors, technicians, academics, exhibitors, distributors, executives and critics. Participants were asked to consider (and vote for up to 100) 'culturally British' feature films, released in cinemas during the 20th century, which they felt had made a strong and lasting impression. Altogether, more than 25,700 votes were cast, covering 820 different films. The final selection makes compulsive reading. It spans seven decades, from 1935 to 1998, accommodates the work of 70 film directors and much international talent.
The school has many of these films on DVD or VHS. Check the catalogue on the resources page of www.leslangues.com for details.
New research by the MORI Social Research Institute on behalf of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) indicate that the 'British sense of humour', the 'stiff upper lip' and a 'bulldog spirit' are often seen as typically 'British' characteristics. The qualitative work involves a series of focus groups in Milan, Mumbai, Chicago and King's Lynn and in-depth discussions with London correspondents to a range of foreign media.
Earlier this year, everyone in America with a digital camera was invited to submit photographs that depict their lives, families and communities - and what it means to be American. Pulitzer Prize-winning professionals, students and amateur photographers across the nation responded, shooting more than 1 million pictures. The resulting book, “America 24/7”, is organized into six themes covering home, work, play, belief, community and American scenes.
MSNBC News offers a selection of images corresponding to each theme in the form of a slide show with music. The effect is stunning.
e-Anglais is the creation of Kevin Halion, an Irishman living in Paris. It's one of the best sites in French for learners of English. There are lessons, exercises and tests. Especially good for those who need to brush up their grammar.
VirtualTourist is a great resource for those of you planning to spend time abroad:
At VirtualTourist, over 500,000 members from over 219 countries and territories share insights and experiences to help each other travel smarter. Whether you're looking for unbiased hotel reviews, the best hotel rates and airline fares, or whether you need solid insider advice on a place you want to visit, VirtualTourist is a powerful, state-of-the-art solution that delivers the valuable information you need.
VirtualTourist is driven by members just like you, who create personalized web pages within VT. These web pages highlight the places our members live in or have visited with photographs, comments, detailed tips and reviews about their trips. This solution delivers the real inside scoop from people who know the location from the inside out and allows you get a wide perspective from real people. It also gives you the ability to make friends with fellow travelers around the world or just next door.
There are currently just 3 members living in Le Havre. Chicago has over 2,000. So what are you waiting for?!
Did you know that Amazon.fr has a section with books in English? Prices are similar to those on Amazon.co.uk and postage is free on all orders until Christmas. In case you were wondering, I'm not getting any commission on this!
Wikipedia is a free multilingual encyclopedia designed to be read and edited by anyone. It is collaboratively edited and maintained by thousands of users. In addition to typical encyclopedia entries, Wikipedia includes coverage of current events. Highly recommended!
This article from Time Magazine examines how France is responding to the spread of English as the global lingua franca. According to Jacques Chirac, "Nothing would be worse for humanity than to move toward a situation where we speak only one language?" Meanwhile, senior French officials have called for French to be made the official language the E.U. justice system. Any comments?