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13 avril 2018


Career Choices for Teens - Tip 2, Play to your Strengths

(0.50) Playing to your strengths. What do you think this means? What it means is find out what you’re good at. And do what you’re good at. How many of you have had this experience: you come home from school with your report and guess what, you’ve got an A for history, and you’ve got a B for English, but you also got a D for biology and an E for accountancy. What do your parents say? They probably say that you need to work more on your biology and accountancy, right? They may even send you to extra lessons. While it’s important for you to work hard and do well in all of your subjects in school, playing to your strengths is about finding out what subjects you’re good at, the subjects that you’re passionate about, and then the ones that you’ve enjoyed the most. So if biology and accounting are not your thing, and clearly you’re great at English and history, then concentrate on the careers where English and history are important. Don’t go and do the accounting degree even if your father wants you to do it. Go and do the English and history degree. Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was 4 years old and his parents didn’t say to him, when he was 12 “wow Tiger, you’re so good at golf, you’re such a good sportsman, maybe you should also try basketball.” No, he was so good at golf so he focused on the golf and now he is the best golfer in the world. Some of you may already know what you’re good at. And some of you are still discovering what you’re good at and that’s what your teens and twenties is all about. (2.19)

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10 avril 2018


On her golden jubilee in 2002, a special medal was coined. We can read inscriptions in Latin and Queen Elizabeth riding a horse from the side. These aspects are direct references to traditions and history. Kings and queens used to have portraits of themselves made representing them riding a horse to evoke their military power. The Latin remind us of the Romans’ domination of Britain 2,000 years ago.

The problem with tradition is that it refers to the past so it can’t be very modern. We saw different documents that show how Queen Elizabeth mixes modernity and tradition which can be the reason why she is so popular. For example, we saw portraits of her by Banksi and Andy Warhol, which give the impression that monarchy is something modern. Indeed the colors are punchy, vivid and flashy, which breaks the rules of traditional austerity.

There are also t-shirts, which represent the Queen in front of the Union Jack with the caption “Long may she reign”. The t-shirt embodies modernity whereas the caption goes back to/dates back to medieval England.

Clearly, the queen is very popular, as if she was a star. However, there is a dark side to it in the sense that she’s involved in tax evasion. She may not be the queen of the people. (509 words)

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09 avril 2018


Concerning the evolution of her popularity rates over the past thirty years, In March 1998 she reached a record low because she showed no particular emotion when princess Diana died. She was blamed by the nation for her lack of empathy.

At the fiftieth anniversary of her reign, she started being popular again and her popularity literally rocketed for her sixtieth anniversary in the summer of 2012.

Those commemorations are respectively called “Golden Jubilee” and “Diamond Jubilee”.

“Gold” does not oxidize/rust and “Diamond” is unbreakable, it is the hardest stone, it symbolize how precious the British monarchy is and how resistant it can be to the test of time.


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06 avril 2018


When Dr. Copeland was young, medical education was almost only for whites so, for a black person, becoming a doctor / physician was wonderful accomplishment. It means that if the conditions were less difficult, if there were fewer obstacles, there would be a lot more / many more black doctors.  Potential and success are not a question / matter of skin-color, but a matter of determination, hard work and will-power. (574 words)

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President Barack Obama On Race Relations, Post Ferguson & Eric Garner

What I told the young people who I met with, we’re gonna have more conversations like this over the coming months, is:”this isn’t gonna be solved overnight, this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history, but the two things that are gonna allow us to solve it, number one, is the understanding that we have made progress, so it’s important to recognize, as painful as these incidents are, we can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening fifty years ago, if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good, in some cases, but better. And the reason it’s important for us to understand progress has been made is that then gives us hope that we can make even more progress. The second thing that I insist with these young people is we have to be persistent because typically, progress is in steps, it’s in increments, you know when you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias, in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance, but you have to recognize that it’s gonna take some time and you just have to be steady, so that you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.

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1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

(0.20 =>1.50) “Good evening, Dr Mlk, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee. Police have issued an all points bulletin for a well-dressed young white man seen running from the scene. Officers also reportedly chased and fired on a radio-equipped car containing two white men. Dr King was standing on the balcony of his second-floor hotel room tonight when, according to a companion, a shot was fired from across the street. In the friend’s words, the bullet exploded in his face. Police, who have been keeping a close watch over Nobel Peace Prize winner because of Memphis’ turbulent racial situation, were on the scene almost immediately. They rushed the 39 year-old Negro leader to a hospital where he died of a bullet wound in the neck. Police say they found a high-powered hunting rifle about a block from the hotel, but it was not immediately identified as the murder weapon. Mayor Henry Loeb has reinstated the dusk-to-dawn curfew he imposed on the city last week when a march led by Dr King erupted in violence. Governor Buford Ellington has called out 4,000 national guardsmen. The police report that the murder has touched off sporadic acts of violence in a Negro section of the city. In a nationwide television address, President Johnson expressed the nation’s shock.” “America is shocked and saddened by the brutal slaying tonight of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

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05 avril 2018

1L lele

2) Lucifer is portrayed as an awe-inspiring (frightening) creature.

Obviously / Needless to say, Lucifer’s strength and size are enough to make anyone run away from him. Then, the expression “all that ugliness” makes the reader think that he is the ugliest creature in the universe and that his ugliness has no limits inside or outside.


By succeeding in influencing / corrupting / perverting the soul of Ambrosio, a “model of piety” , an example of religious virtue, Lucifer proves that God’s power has limits, that His protection can be broken. No human soul is safe, everyone can fall, and that is very frightening indeed…


Début texte suivant:"The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus", Christopher Marlowe.

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04 avril 2018

1L lele

Concerning weapons / As for weapons, he uses his “iron pen” as a knife or a dagger, instead of writing, he stabs the Monk in the hand. Iron is a symbol of power, of force. Ambrosio must feel trapped, he has no other choice but to sign the “parchment” or “fatal contract”. This is another aspect of Lucifer’s power, his pacts are unbreakable, if you sign them, it’s for eternity, you will always belong to him, there is no coming back, your fate is sealed!! The power of Lucifer’s word is infinite. Last but not least, Lucifer has the power to fool /betray / cheat / deceive (!! deception, deceit) people who are tempted to believe in his lies / people who yield to temptation.

All of these powers lead the reader to view Lucifer not only as a mighty creature but also as a frightening being.

2) Lucifer is portrayed as an awe-inspiring (frightening) creature.

Obviously / Needless to say, Lucifer’s strength and size are enough to make anyone run away from him. Then, the expression “all that ugliness” makes the reader think that he is the ugliest creature in the universe and that his ugliness has no limits inside or outside.

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03 avril 2018

1L lele


His "swarthy darkness" line 5 suggests that Lucifer is darker than dark, he is a powerful being, he is stronger than the laws of nature. His blackness has no limits, the darkness of his body and the darkness of his soul can't be equaled / can't be matched / have no equal. In the same way, the burst is heard before the light is seen, he can reverse the laws of physics, his powers are supernatural. He also has the power to control snakes, to tame wild animals. Of course, the text doesn't speak about nice rabbits, it speaks about snakes which represent evil.

Incidentally, this being said, even if he did not have any supernatural powers, his mere physical appearance would be enough to make him invincible, for example with his "enormous wings" or his "armed hands and feet".

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Last notion, Myths and Heroes, the case of Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II started her reign in 1952 at the age of 25. She surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as monarch with the longest reign in English history with 66 years in October. It shows that symbolically, she is immortal. It means that many British subjects were born, grew up, lived and died with the same Queen. More importantly, it is a source of national pride in the sense that monarchy seems to be invincible. 

As opposed to/unlike her predecessors she has no political power. Her power is only ceremonial and formal, with real political power exercised by elected politicians, such as the Prime Minister and the members of Parliament. For example, ceremonial powers include her role in sporting events like when she opened the 2012 London Olympic Games, or official commemorations…

Politically speaking, she is the one who appoints the Prime Minister by giving her “royal consent”. It looks like a privilege but she has no choice. She must appoint the leader/head of the party with the majority in Parliament.


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