10 December, 2010

Review - Level 2

**Note - Level 2 control changed to 11h Monday 13, décembre, salle 402**

Vocabulary for Describing People

Everyone loves people watching from the café. There are many ways to remark on someone’s outward appearance, and to describe someone’s style, ethnicity, and clothing.
• Look! He / She is wearing…
• He / She looks like he / she is …They looke like they are…
• They have the appearance …
• Those people are … That person is …

Descriptive Words
• tall – grand(e) • well-built / shapely (f) – bien foutue
• little / short – petit(e) • buff (m) – bien baraqué
• a midget – un / une nain(e) • scrawny – un sac d’os
• hunchback – bossu(e) • tanned – bronze(e)
• pale – pale, palot • long-haired – chevulu(e)
• hairy – poilu(e) • chunky / chubby – grassouillet(te)
• fat – gros/grosse • skinny – maigre; maigrichon(ne)

Attractive People
• handsome (m) – beau • beautiful (f) – belle
• cute – mignon(ne) • pretty (f) – jolie
• stylish – à la mode • really fashionable – glamour
• hip – branché(e) • trendy – tendance

• a lean face – un visage fin • a friendly / likeable face – une bonne piffe
• a good “mug” – une bonne gueule • a round face – la tête arrondie
• a square jaw – un visage carré • beady eyes – des petits yeux
• good measurements – de bonne mensurations
• a nasty mom of hair – une sale tignasse • a bad figure – un physique désagréable
• a tiny head – une petit tête • a big head – une grosse tête
• homely – un / une laideron(ne) • slimy – un gros porc
• dirty – sale • a fat sausage – un boudin

• kids – les enfants • teens – les ados
• wino – le pochetron ; le poivrot • bum – le / la clochard(e)
• a thug – un voyou • spoiled rich kid – un fils / une fille à papa
• ladies’ man – un tombeur • good ol’ boy – un bon bougre
• redneck – un pequenot • hick – un plouc
• jock – le sportif / la sportive

• White trash – les beaufs • The rich folk – Les costume-cravate
• Bible-Thumpers – les culs bénis • The commuters – Les métros-boulet-dodo
• Hippies – les babas cools • The bohemians / yuppies – Les bobos


Questions from the first day: Music, Movies, and More


le film film, movie
le cinéma movie
comédie comedy
le documentaire documentary
le drame drama
le film d'action action movie
le film d'aventures adventure
le film d'épouvante horror
la science-fiction science fictionle
western western

Acteurs ~ Cast
un acteur actor
une actrice actress
la distribution cast list
le premier rôle male lead, leading actor
le premier rôle féminin female lead, leading actress
le second rôle supporting actor
le second rôle féminin supporting actress
la vedette star

Équipe ~ Crew

le caméraman, cadreur camera operator
le / la cinéaste director, film-maker
le / la décorateur / décoratrice designer
le directeur de la photo(graphie) cinematographer, director of photography
le / la maquilleur / maquilleuse make-up artist
le metteur en scène director
le / la monteur / monteuse editor
le / la producteur / productrice producer
le producteur exécutif executive producer
la productrice exécutive
le / la réalisateur / réalisatrice director

Scènes et Plans ~ Scenes and Shots
l'arrêt sur image freeze frame
le cadre frame
dans le champ in shot
en décor, studio on set
en extérieur on location
le fondu dissolve, fade
hors champ off-camera
le panoramique panning
un plan rapproché / serré close up
le raccord continuity

Verbes ~ Verbs
bruiter to add sound effectscadrer to frame a shotcouper to cutdiriger to directinterpréter to perform, act
monter to edit
produire to produce
projeter to project, show
tourner (un film, une scène) to film, shoot (a movie, scene)

à l'affiche showing, playing, on screen
la bande sonore soundtrack
le bruitage sound effects
doublé dubbed
sous-titré subtitled

Ecotourism Article,,5338973,00.html

Fast Food - McRib & Fast Food in America

The Hookup - Sex Without Intimacy Article

Stereotypes -

Discussion of common stereotypes between French & America.

We read the fake article, An American's Guide to France -

Video we watched in class -

08 December, 2010

Wine Lesson - Level 4B

Here is the link to the first article we listened to and read along:

I also read this article to you, and followed with questions which you can find downloadable at the end of the article:

We watched this clip of Conan O'Brian, from the TV show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian:

And here you have a large vocabulary list:

picked ripe grapes – fraichement cueille; choisir des raisins fraiche
crushed together – s’écraser ensemble
broke open – caisser ouvert; se crever
yeasts on the skins – levure sur les marcs (?)
offerings – des offres
Middles Ages – Les Moyen Ages
stored for future use –garder pour utiliser plus tard
better storage method – meilleur stockage method
wood, clay or leather – bois, terre, ou cuir
tight seal - fermature
tannin – acid digallique

Brief Wine Lesson: Level 5/6

Here is the link to article we looked over in class, you can find the questions for review at the bottom of the article.

Ecotourism Level 4A

Here are the links to the videos we watched in class about the Kerala territory and its Ecotourism.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

While watching the videos, pay attention to the use of vocabulary, but also the marketing techniques that makes these videos effective advertising.
  • Repetitive use of the world map to enforce location
  • repetitive use of the same type face for different areas of Kerala
  • Each area has different slogan
  • The use of tranquil world music to reiiterate the calming effects of nature
  • repetitive descriptions of activities alongside activities special to each area
  • The editing of the video to show as much in a short amount of time of each region

Notes from the video and terms to listen for:

tranquil backwaters: calm rivers
variety of terrains: different landscapes
world's best tourism with a variety of different landscapes
: people who used to kill endangered and lawfully protected animals
wildlife sanctuary
national park

plantation tours
enivironmental education
river crossing
mother nature enthusiasts
panoramic views
bird watching
chief attractions
leaves you "spell-bound" : when you are so amazed you are speechless
uninhibited : can mean no one lives there, OR that you have no shame
"teeming" with exotic wildlife : overflowing
nature lovers
awe inspiring experience : it gives you a feeling of amazement
visual feast : food for your eyes; your eyes have plenty of enjoyment and things to see

Here is a contrasting view of India:

22 November, 2010

Marketing Presentation

Select one of the following topics to choose as the subject of your media campaign: (If you are feeling motivated, create a product of your own. Be sure to verify with me first.)
  • A handbag for men
  • A new soda that tastes like Nutella
  • Fashionable Sportswear for girls
  • Cheeseburgers in a can
  • Camera that only takes perfect pictures
  • Wine Flavored toothpaste
  • Dancing shoes - makes you a perfect dancer

The job of advertisers, no matter what the product, is to make the product look attractive. You must know the target audience of your product, who you are trying to sell to; and think of the types of things they are going to be interested in. You want to capture their interest, and convince them the new product is cool and worth buying.

Your presentation must address these area of the advertsing campaign.

  • SLOGAN - catchphrase, motto, or tagline of your product.
  • BUZZWORDS - developed from your brainstorm of what the product should be, these words generate interest and describe your product
  • TARGET AUDIENCE - this is exactly who you are selling to; you should know their age, where they are from, what kind of interests they have
  • MEDIA - these days there are all kinds of advertising campaigns that stretch beyong regular print media. Redbull has their car, that hands out free drinks and creates promotional events. Everyone has a Facebook fan page, maybe your website has a free download, discount, or application for iPhone and Android. Maybe you have a Twitter page from your spokesperson. You should consider what types of media you would use to get the word out about your awesome new product and why it would be effective.
  • POSTERS - I expect at least 2 different ideas for what your product posters will look like. You can actually create the posters, or you can describe in detail what you would like them to look like. You can cut up magazines, organize a photo slideshow, or show examples of other advertsing you want your advertising to resemble. Explain why this is an effective marketing approach for your target audience.
  • SUMMARY - Conclusion; it is a presentation, so remember its important to have a few short closing remarks.

This is an English class so you will be graded on your presentation and oral level of English, as well as graded on the outlined presentation I would like you to write/type out and hand in at the end of your presentation. Each English level has different expectations for grading, length of presentation, and length of written portion. Contact me with questions.

19 November, 2010

Eco - Tourism : Niveau 2

Green Tourism graces ITB Berlin Travel Fair,,5338973,00.html

ITB Berlin Trade Show 2011

EDEN - The European Destinations of Excellence

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

Vocabulary, Know the following terms

Cruise packages
overseas getaways
trekking tours
Sustainable travel
Carbon Footprints
CO2 emissions
natural landscapes
trendy topic
protected areas
tourism and leisure packages
untouched natural preserves

The Hookup

Sex Without Intimacy: No Dating, No Relationships


the hookup - can be non-sexual. "no strings attatched" relationship, no commitment, short-term, unspecific

workaday world - having to go to work everyday, Monday through Friday, main activity is work

child-rearing - raising of children, having babies

stalwart - unwavering; steadfast, unchanging

getting laid - slang for having sex, or other sexual relations with someone

3 day rule - in the US, a social rule that states you must not call or text a girl for at least 3 days after a date or a hookup

dormitories - co-ed (both genders) university housing, can also be strictly male or female

lights out - the time you are supposed to be in bed by

curfew - the time you should be in your building by; its also popular to have curfew for teenagers within certain towns in the US as well

Fast Food: McDonald's McRib

Here are links to the texts, articles, and websites we used in class.

Solving The McRib Mystery: McDonald's Employees Tell Us What's In The Seasonal Sandwich

Legends of McRib promotional site from McDonald's with the commercial

for nutrition facts, click on nutrition

Fast Food Info, the photos of the McRib being taken apart and ingredients

Vocabulary -

high fructose corn syrup - condensed syrup made from corn that has high fat and sugar levels that is put into many foods in the US because it is cheap to produce; incredibly bad for your health: cholesterol, heart, weight, and taste buds

daily calorie intake - amount of calories you should consume in one day, varies on your gender, age, and excercise

locator - an online tool or website that allows you to locate a product or store

gastropub - a new trend in American restaurants, organic and locally produced food, ingredients and local, traditional recipes.

grass-fed bed - cows that eat grass, as opposed to cow who eat corn in the US because its cheaper to have more cows, and fatter cows this way

debuted - just a note, the 't' is not pronounced in this word

sticky - usually a substance that affixes to a surface, and is hard to remove

well-versed - well-spoken; someone who speaks very knowledgably and without hestitation

united front - a uniform force, in this case, employees who all act the same

Discussion Questions (Niveau 4 and up):

What did you think when you read the headline?
What springs to your mind when you hear the term 'fast food'?
Do you think fast food is here to stay?
Why do you think it's unhealthy to live near fast food restaurants?
What do you think of fast food restaurants, how often do you eat there?
Has this article made you think again about eating fast food?
What is your favorite kind of fast food?
What is your diet normally like, do you think kids today are growing up with the same diet?
Is it true for your country that there are more fast food restaurants in low-income areas?

04 November, 2010

Common Corrections - Niveau 4

These are mistakes I found commonly on the papers I corrected for the past internship, as well as introducing your partner.

I was in charge of handling ... reception, phone calls, e-mails, welcoming guests, etc.

Do not use mission - more commonly used words are: goals, tasks, jobs, assignments, projects.

There is a big problem with past continuous (or progressive) and past tense. Please try to study when each one is appropriate. You can review the grammar by clicking the link.

I have done an internship... I had an internship...
I has been in charge of... I was in charge of...

*Pay attention to the difference between for and during!*

I was working there for four months. During the first month, I only answered phone calls.

The project was for the Advertising Department. It was during this project that I became familiar with the advertising process, and the jobs of each employee in this department.

English rules

When using a number of 10, ten or less, write the number: one, two, three, etc.

If using the number suffixes, use them correctly: the 4th of July; It was December 3rd.; I worked there from the 1st of June to / until the 30th of August.


city center center city, downtown, the heart of the city
persons people ex. There was one person in line. There were several people in line.


Here is a great link for a basic, quick explanation of how to use punctuation! YAY!

Quiz Review - Niveau 2

Here are some additional notes from class.

Job Abbreviations -

CEO - Chief Executive Officer
VIP - Very Important Person
HR - Human Resources
PR - Public Relations
PhD - Doctorate of Philosophy
MA - Master's of the Arts
BA - Bachelor's of the Arts
VP - Vice-President
PA - Personal Assistant
EU - European Union

Common Phrases -

Vegetarians are people who don't eat / are not eating meat.

Look out! My husband comes / is coming.

Some people still think the sun goes / is going round the earth.

I play / 'm playing tennis every weekend.

Who sits / is sitting in my chair?

What happens / is happening in golf if you lose the ball?

An alcoholic is a person who drinks / is drinking too much and can't stop.

Look! She wears / She's wearing the same shoes as me.

'What are you looking / do you look at?'

About You Questions - Niveau 2

This is the box game, where half the class left the room. You will find here commonly asked questions, as well as directional vocabulary.

What year were you born? Please write the year you were born.
How old are you? I am...
How old is your dad? ... your mom? ... your parents?

What's your best friend's name?

What's your favorite color?
What's your favorite store?
What's your favorite food? drink?
What's your favorite book? music? band? singer?

What food do you not like?

How many hours a night do you usually sleep?
How long does it take you to get to school each day?


On line number one..
On the line above / below the shape

Shapes - Line, Circle, Square, Rectangle, Box

Inside the circle...
Above the box...
Below the rectangle...


Although Philadelphia is known for a movie I have never seen, a song by the same title, and Rocky here in France, there is much more to "The City of Brotherly Love". By the way, the stairs that Rocky climbs are the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of French Impressionist paintings outside of France, and also has a Rodin Museum located close by.

Philadelphia was originally settled by Quakers, Germans, and some English, all seeking religious freedom. The colony was set up by William Penn, after his deed was signed by the King of England. He named the area Pennsylvania, Penn after himself, and sylvania which is latin for woods, or forest. There is a statue of him atop City Hall in Philadelphia, which is the center of Center City.

Philadelphia was where the Declaration of Independence was written on July 4th, 1776, and also where the Constitution was signed, in Independenca Hall. This made Philadelphia the first capital city of the United States. Located across from this historic site, is the Liberty Bell. It was originally intended to be hung, but after it cracked twice when the city tried to ring it, we decided to leave it that way. Many Philadelphians consider it a symbol of the way things work in the city, only at half their potential.

Benjamin Franklin was a big part of the Revolution, that led to the 13 colonies gaining their independence from England and becoming the United States. He was also the diplomat to France, who asked France to assist the colonies in their war against England. The colonies won their Independence with the help of the French Navy and General LaFayette. Ben Franklin is also famous for planning the city of Philadelphia, as well as being a gifted inventor, publisher, and redhead!

Philadelphia is also the hometown of Will Smith, my favorite baseball team: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cheesesteak, the best soft pretzels in the world, Hall & Oates (cheesy 80s band), Bill Cosby (comedian), many types of beer, plenty of hipsters on fixed-gear bikes, and the tv show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


hipsters : (via Noun - urban (or suburban import) dweller who goes to all the coolest clubs, listens to the coolest music, is into various aspects of the arts, including but not limited to street art, indie films, street displays, sticker art, etc.... A hipster also must know all the coolest other hipsters. If you have to ask what a hipster is, then you are definitely not a hipster. Hipsters have more music on their ipods then anyone they know, and all the bands are indie or underground.

fixed-gear bikes or fixies : (via a bicycle with only one rear cog or "gear" which is fixed directly onto the hub of the wheel.

18 October, 2010

Notes from the Desk - Tourist Sites

In the Regional Lesson I gave, in the Level 4 class, I talked about several Touristic Sites, they are listed here.

Statue of Liberty -
A gift from France.

Hollywood - located within Los Angeles -

Yosemite National Park -

Disney World -
Disney Land is in California.

Grand Canyon -

Smithsonian Institute -
The Smithsonian Institution was founded for the "increase and diffusion" of knowledge from a bequest to the United States by the British scientist James Smithson (1765–1829), who never visited the new nation.

Mount Rushmore -
Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum. It was originally concived to promote tourism in South Dakato.The presidents were originally to be sculpted from head to waist, but lack of funding called the project quits after 1941.

Mardi Gras -
Self explanatory.

Yellowstone National Park -
The first national park in the world, and Native Americans have occupied this territory for 11,000 years. It is mostly located in Wyoming, but also extends into Idaho and Montana as well. It's most famous attraction is Old Faithful, which is a geyser that explodes every 60 to 90 minutes, and the explosion lasts anywhere from 1.5 minutes to 5 minutes each time.
Colonial Williamsburg -
Located in Virginia, it includes buildings dating from 1699 to 1780.Re-enactors try to emulate the Revolutionary mentality of the people living here at the time. It was a center for the molding of the American Government and its use of Democracy.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -
The changing point of the Civil War, which took place from 1861 - 1865. Prior to this Battle and the Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln, the South was winning the war. After this Battle, the Northern States (the Union) made significant strides to securing a victory.

The Alamo -
Texan-Americans troops were settled in a Fort named the Alamo in what was previously Mexican Territory during the 1800s. The Mexicans threatened to take back their land by force, and they did. This became known as the Battle of the Alamo, known for the cry "Remember the Alamo". This helped to trigger the Mexican War, in which the U.S. eventually won, and took significant amounts of territory from Mexico, and rejoined Texas with the Union.

Golden Gate Bridge

A prefect example of a 'suspension' style bridge. The second longest of its kind in the U.S., the first longest being the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Willis Tower - (Formerly known as the Sears Tower) -
The site of the tallest building in North America.

Presentation of Previous Experience

It's often easy to predict what types of questions a prospective employer will ask of you. Here are some examples of typical interview questions.

Where did you work? Name of Company & Location
Was it a paid internship?
How many people were employed there? Were you part of a team?
Have you worked as an intern before?
What were your responsibilities/tasks/goals?
What was the most important/useful thing you learned?
What was your favorite part of the job?
How did you communicate with other members of the team?
I see you worked at a travel agency, how many other people did you work with? How many people were employed there?
What kind of hours did you work? How many hours a week did you work? (Questions can often ask the same thing, and be worded differently)
What makes you a good candidate for this job/position?
Why would you like to work with our company?
Did you enjoy working with Sweet Travel?
What did you learn while working with Hobbit Journeys?
What special skills do you have? What will you bring to the team?

You should be able to explain your responsibilities, written and oral. A frequent interview question is "What were your responsibilities at Awesome Tours R Us?"
Customer Service: You provide basic help to customer needs. You are there to listen to them, and respond with answers if necessary.
Administrative Duties / Responsibilities : This includes everything in basic office work from answering the phone, photocopying, filing paperwork, and mail.
Account Manager - Client accounts each have a certain amount of money involved, you are in charge of obtaining payments and maintaining the relationship between agency and client.
Product Manager - You create travel plans by contacting various enterprises within the Tourism Industry.
Sales - You are responsible for selling the products to customers or clients.

Frequent Mistakes - These aren't necessarily completely wrong, they just sound strange from a native speaker. Here are the solutions to some of the things you are trying to say:

incorrect : correct:
My mission was.. My goal was
I animated.. I created a project, I made a report, I studied, I searched, I met

Positive Personality Descriptions - Vocabulary
ability to multi-task: to be able to do many things at once
Goal- Oriented: you make goals and look to accomplish them
driven to succeed: you are motivated by being successful, and finishing things
self- motivated: you are energetic and can give yourself tasks in order to be efficient
team-player: you work well with others, you are concerned with helping the team
organized in administration, good file organization skills
detail -oriented: you make sure every last item, large or small is addressed
tasks/goals/projects/ assignments
Others - sociable, dynamic

Letter of Motivation
•Introduce yourself, you current situation, why you are writing
•Give explanation as to why you are suited for the job
•Explain why you would prefer to work with their company or them.

Pointers for writing a letter of motivation/cover letter:
• Try to keep it short and to the point.

When something happened
When did you start (working/classes) today?
I started at 8 am.
When did you first start working at Disney?
I started in May of 2009.

How long something happened
How long did you have work/classes for today?
I had classes/work for eight hours today.
How long did you work for?
I worked for eight hours.
How long did you work at Disney?
I worked at Disney for one year.
How long have you been learning English?

Since and For
She's been working with us since May.
She's been working with us for a year.
I haven't worked at Disney since September.
I haven't worked at Disney for a month.
I have been a tourism student for five years.
Exception to prove the rule : we do not use for with all ( all day/all night/all of my life).
I've lived here all my life.

Extra Vocabulary -

bilan - balance sheet
assemblée - convention (professional)
salon des métiers - trade show
remue-méninges (?) - brain storming
faire d'avant-projet (?) - project planning
Chronologie du projet - project timeline

Notes from the Desk - Week One

Every so often I will post additional interesting material that is relevant but not covered during class. It will always be titles as 'Notes from the Desk'.
Since everyone likes to travel, everyone should check out this site which claims to have profiles of the people who have traveled the most. They are all very lucky!
Has podcasts and full episode archives for listening to what we did in class, or for you to find another story you might find interesting. All are good listening practice, for accents, slang, and modern English.
The site for South by Southwest, a music festival held annually in Austin, Texas.
This is for Gary in my Level 4 class, this is the Children's Show I was talking about. It's called Yo Gabba Gabba! and they host different alternative bands and celebrities to come sing songs on the show.
Self-explanatory awesome website and video resume. :)
Fabien Barral, a graphic designer and blogger. "I am passionate about images and graphic design. I am a house in the countryside of Auvergne, France. I am a husband and I love my wife. I am a father and I love my daughter. I am not the clients I work with, I am the art I create with them. I am what I create. I create what I am.,
Almost every state has a version of the Renaissance Faire, or Medieval Times but it's nothing like Puys de Fou. Universal Studios in California or Florida is much, much bigger.

11 October, 2010

Job Resources

I will update this as resources are brought to my attention, or as I come across them. Please feel free to send me other websites you know about, or post them in the comments.

General - search by city & by job listing, this is the most popular job site in the U.S. - You can create your profile and CV in French, English, Chinese and whatever other languages you would like to.


Tourism - allows you to upload a CV as well.

Cruise Companies

General -
Disney -

Recruitment Agencies

Travel Trade Recruitment:

Resume / CV Notes - Week 2

Name - Most important, with your contact and personal information being secondary. Should be the first thing on your CV.
Phone - If applying outside the country, include country code, in France +33, and do not include the zero at the front of your French cell phone number.
Address - Can be formatted differently in each country. In English, we normally capitalize the first letter of the name of the town or city.(49100 Angers, France)
e-mail (should look like this, all lowercase, optional to have this before your mail since '@' makes it apparent its your e-mail address): can be presented in blue, but is not necessary.

An objective is an optional thing. Normally, an objective consists of one short sentence stating the type of job or work you are looking for. (Note: when stating numbers, if it is under ten, write the word out, instead of using the numeral.)

Degrees -
Year started – Present.
ex: 2009 – Present First, the University or School you are currently "enrolled in/ attending" : you have not finished.
Next, the degrees you have completed / finished :
2009 Bachelor's of Tourism, University of Angers,
2006 Lycée Baccalauréat (High School Diploma), specialty (if any), with honors (high standing)
Any training with education courses and certification you may have completed.

Format / Style : Consistency
Try to keep each type of information looking the same, ie. dates, Job Titles, Companies
Fonts - Use only one, can be as small as 9pt, and even 7/8 pt in most cases, and still easily read. This will help you keep everything to one page.
Different types of treatments: Title Case, Sentence case. CAPS, CAPS LOCK. (Capital letters)

Full Time, Part Time, Internships & Short Term
Full Time (abbv. FT)
Part Time (abbv. PT)

Not Necessary to Include with main Employment -
Short Term - seasonal work, temporary employment
You don't have to explain how much you worked. (For example, how many days a week, or how many hours a week) If you were employed for 2 years, you should say that. You can explain how much work you did at the interview.
This is the same for being paid. Sometimes a job will ask for your salary requirements, and you can include this is your letter of motivation/cover letter. It should be based on previous salaries or an entry salary.

Travel, Trips, Cruises, Vacations
There are many ways to describe journeys. In English, a journey is usually a long period of time. For example, a journey abroad would be more than one month somewhere, with more than one destination.
A vacation is normally a trip taken with the main concern being leisure. You want to relax and enjoy your time in a 'laid-back' fashion. You can have a vacation that takes you to more than one place, and takes over a month. It the purpose of the vacation that makes it a vacation, and not a journey. In America, you normally have two weeks vacation time per year, so it's important to relax during this time.
A trip is usually to list one destination. For example, "We took a trip to New York City for the weekend." Or, "We took a cross-country road-trip to California on Route 66." Road-trip is taken in a car, truck, van or camper/RV.
Cruises are pretty obvious, they are on a boat. They can be for a multitude of reasons. There is Cruises for Senior Citizens, focusing on an age-group with similar interests. Cruises for single people, looking to date while on the Cruise. Family Cruises, Adventure Cruises, Sight-Seeing Cruises (to Alaska for example.)

"Journeys & Voyages"

A journey is often seen as being a long trip with multiple stops.
I took a backpacking trip to Europe. It was a real journey.
Marco Polo journeyed to China and back again.

A voyage is similar to a journey, being very long, but on a boat.
Christopher Columbus took a voyage across the Atlantic to discover "the West Indies".

Programs / Computer Skills
A basic way of noting general computer use without being specific would be to say.
Proficient in PC Environment & File Management.

Levels: Expert, Proficient, Intermediate, Beginner. Daily use is acceptable.

ex: Expert in Microsoft Office in a PC & Mac environment.
Proficient in HTML, CSS, and Content Management Systems.
Beginner in Adobe Flash and iMovie.

DO NOT list surfing the internet as a skill. Anyone can do it. Same goes for e-mail.

The levels are native (your mother tongue), bilingual/fluent (you can speak the language fluently and without hesitation), conversational, and then levels of good, moderate/intermediate, basic/beginner/novice. Written and Spoken can have two different levels, specify if so.

Recommendations / References
Due to privacy concerns, most references would prefer that you keep their information confidential. In order to do this, I place on my CV "Available Upon Request". This means that if an employer really needs my references, they can ask me, and I would be more than happy to notify my reference that someone would be calling them or e-mailing them, and then passing the contact information on to my prospective employer.

If your job listing asks for references, I would list it as follows

Name, Title, Company, Location (optional), Phone, e-mail

06 October, 2010

Getting to Know Someone - Week One - All Classes

I hope you already know the basic questions in English. (I want to know if you don't!) I hear them on the street in Angers all the time.

" 'ello! 'ow are oo?" correct: Hello. How are you?

This would be the equivalent of me approaching you, and saying, "BonGOUR! Ka Va Been?"

If you are learning a new language, it helps to have the basic pronunciation down first. You must pronounce your h' s in English. Also, pronouncing your th' s will help you to sound less French, and more like an English speaker.

Some simple questions/responses to practice:

Where do you live/come from? I am from... I live in...
How old are you? I am... (age). I am.. (age).. years old.
What do you do? Do you study? Do you work?)
Do you have brothers or/and sisters? Yes, I have... No, I do not..
How do you like it here?
What kind of music/food/movies do you like?
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Although in a professional setting, you may not get the chance to use these type of questions, I feel they are better for really getting to know someone. Please select a partner, and select 3 - 5 questions to ask your partner.

Questioner: read the question, practice it, and then ask again without looking! Write down your partners response, and make up a second question if you can.
Responder: Respond to each question, and give a reason why.
Presenting: Tell us your partners name, age, and years studying English. Please write 8 other sentences to introduce your partner to the class based on their responses to 3-5 questions.

What did you do this summer?
Have you ever been abroad? in Europe? in the US?
When was your favorite party?
What is your dream car? What color is it?
If you were to die tomorrow, what would you do today? what's your last meal?
What is your biggest fear? the scariest thing you ever experienced?
What is something you want to do before you die?
Where is your dream place to travel to? to live?
What is your dream job?

hope - espere
already - déja
correct - corrige
have it down first - expression; to have done it correctly, and first.
switch - changer
dream - rêve, but in this case, de vos rêves, le meilleur chose
die - mourir, avant tu mort.
fear - peur, biggest fear - la plus grand peur
What's - What is (combining non-subject with is, to form one word)
Samantha's class - possesive (subject owns the subject)

Introduction - Week 1 - All Classes

** UPDATED - Expectations**

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• from Philadelphia, PA; visited New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Montreal, Quebec City, Florida (Disney World)
• B.F.A. Graphic & Interactive Design, Tyler School of Art
Comparative to Beaux-Arts +3, Focus - Books & Layout Design
• Studied French for 7 years, Temple University
• Taught at Lycée Jean-Moulin
• Participation - Oral & Group Activities, Pronunciation
• Written - Grammar
• Listening & Reading Comprehension
• 2 Exams: Mid-term & Final 2 Quizzes - Unannounced
• Attendance is Mandatory - Please follow IMIS-ESTHUA standards. You are only to miss class with a Doctor's Note, Transportation Strike, serious problem, or a problem with a child.

Subjects Covered
• Tourism - Addressing problems faced when traveling and within this
field. Hospitality trends in America, comparative studies.
• Technology - Used the world over. e-mail, websites in English, social
media and networking, software, hardware, standard vocabulary.
• Business - Tone of speech for a multitude of situations. Inter-office
e-mails, applying for jobs, interviews, meetings, presentations, lunches.
• Culture - My "best-of" the English language. Modern excerpts from
media (movies, articles, radio), as well as favorites from literature.
Building & Continued Interest Topics
My style of teaching approaches each class and individual
differently. I will work to incorporate subjects you are interested in
learning about into my course planning. I will observe weaknesses, and
construct grammar reviews around this. I will observe strengths and
attempt to build your vocabulary and current language.
• List 2-3 Subjects you are interested in covering this semester
• Questions & Topics
• Prepared Responses
• Ability to Improvise Speech & Conversation
• Films - classics and examples of modern interpreted conversations
• Radio - how well can you hear English? It's harder to comprehend without seeing a mouth moving along with the sounds.

29 September, 2010


English-Language Library (site available in French and English)
Consider signing up for their monthly newsletter that will keep you updated about current events and activities taking place there. You will also find a bulletin board there, where you can find English language exchanges, tutors, private lessons and classes. You can also find a good selection of TOIEC books and English DVDs in the collection.
and on Facebook

60 rue Boisnet
Angers, France, 49100
Phone: 02 41 24 97 07
Tues - Sat: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
I believe the library now has Sunday hours from 12 - 6:00 pm.

*NOTE* virtual translators should never be used for assignments, or longs pieces of text. They do not work, and I can usually tell if you are using one. - best dictionary with forum posts about correct usage of the words. - Google's translation service - my preferred English/French translator - modern slang dictionary, updated daily, voted responses

Online Newspapers
I personally recommend reading current events for a few minutes each day to help build your vocabulary. For lower level students, try the - most of their articles are very short and to the point. For anyone in a higher level, I recommend articles. The writers have a great vocabulary as well as the use of more modern, vibrant language.

This can be a great way to improve your listening skills. There are many different podcasts and streaming radio stations that are accessible here in France. My personal favorite talk radio is and they offer music shows (with interviews with bands), culture programs, and just about everything. My personal favorites are and

Every year there are American exchange students through the Université Catholique. You can contact their Foreign Student office for language tandems or exchanges with the English students. They often have to take obligatory French classes, so it would benefit you both.

There is also a regular (usually weekly) meetup of international Couchsurfers in Angers. You can subscribe to the Angers group on the website to potentially meet English speakers living here.