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Liste de documents pour les épreuves orales d’anglais / Pistes d’études

Session 2013 – 2014

Notion : L’Idée de Progrès

Is scientific progress always in favour of humanity?

How far can we trust science?

Where and how can we draw the line?

Issue: Genetics

1- Nature: Trailer of science fiction film.

Title: Gattaca.

Author: Andrew Niccol.

Date: 1997.

2- Nature: Extract from fiction novel

Title: My Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Date: 2004.

3- Nature: Newspaper article from the Telegraph.

Title: ‘Saviour sibling’ cures sick older brother.

Author: Nick Britten

Date: 2011.

Issue: Environment

Did we go to far?

Man vs nature: what are the consequences of unlimited progress?

4- Nature: Awareness campaign frame to frame animation.

Title: Global Warming for Kids.

Author: World Wildlife Fund, Brazil.

Date: 2008.

5- Nature: Trailer of documentary film

Title: An Inconvenient Truth

Author: Al Gore

Date: 2006.

Issue: Social media

Are social media / new technologies working towards progress?

Are new technologies a tool to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor?

6- Nature: News report on New technologies in Kenya

Title: Twitter in Kenya

Author: France 24

Date: 2012

7- Nature: News report on New technologies in Kenya

Title: Kenyan Women Create Their Own ‘Geek Culture’

Author: NPR

Date: 2012

8- Nature: Blogpost

Title: Twitter revolution: How the Arab Spring was helped by social media.

Author: Saleem Kassim

Date: 2013

9- Nature: Video Animation

Title: The world is obsessed with Facebook.

Author: Alex Trimpe

Date: 2011

Notion – Lieux et Formes de Pouvoir

Issue: Coercive forms of power / Human rights controversies

  • What are the most powerful means of protest?

  • Passive resistance and the power os speech: is the pen mightier than the sword?

Civil Rights Movements / Marting Luther King / Malcolm X

Gun debate / Gun lobbies / Stand your Ground Law / Trayvon Martin

(Documents studied with previous teacher)

  • How does gun violence in the US show the power of individual liberty?

1 – A brief history of the US by Michael Moore. Cartoon from Bowling for Columbine.

The Death Penalty

  • What is at stake when authorities go to far?

  • Is the Death Penalty a powerful deterrent to crime?

– Jeremy Irons talks about the Death Penalty. Youtube video.

2 – Elllo.org Mixer #7 Death Penalty – Six people discuss if people should be killed for their crimes.

3 – Extract from the lawyer’s speech scene from Dead Man Walking directed by Tim Robbins, 1995.

The Guantanamo Controversy

  • Can governments be given unlimited power in times of war?

  • How did the ‘war on terror’ show the dark side of power in the US?

4 - Force-fed Hunger Striker in Guantanamo, from The Guardian online. 

5- THE TIPTON THREE- Revealed: The True Story Of Guantanamo Britons by David Rose, The Observer, March 2004.

6- Essential Killing film directed by Jerzy Skolimowsky, 2010.

7- The Road to Guantanamo, by M. Winterbottom, 2005.

Power to the people

  • How can ‘we, the people’ fight back?

  • What alternatives do social networks and user generated content websites offer to culture?

  • Are social networks a weapon for democracy or a new form of propaganda?

8- Flash looting, CNN August, 17th, 2011.

9- Hallelujah! Flash mobs can be a good thing, too, CourierPostOnline.com, 2011.

10- We are the 99% – the reality behind the stats – The Guardian Video

11- M. Moore on the Wall Street Protests – Interview

  • THE POWER OF LANGUAGE

My Fair Lady, 1956 broadway production is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

My Fair Lady, 1964 directed by George Cukor, starring Audrey Hepburn.

The Great Debaters directed by and starring Denzel Washington, 2007.

Martin Luther King, I have a Dream Speech. 1963

 

Personal documents:

The Prohibition Era

McCarthysm

Pussy Riots / The Suffragettes

Women’s Lib – the Feminine Mystique

Ezra Pound / Sylvia Plath

Irish Hunger Strikers

the IRA / Bloody Sunday

Film: The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The King’s Speech

Elizabeth

The Queen

Thatcher

Assassin’s Creed

Notion: Spaces and Exchanges

  • Us Immigration: Gateways to the American Dream?

Mexican Immigrants and US civil militia

Ellis and Angel Islands

  • 1- Scene from The Godfather Part 2

  • 2- Island of hope – Island of Tears – Documentary by C. Guggenheim

  • 3- Stories of immigrants: Li Kong’s story.

Mexican Immigrants

1- A hard path to hope

2- Embracing illegals

3- American border militia

 

Myths and Heroes

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Romeo and Juliet, the Balcony scene Act 2 Scene 2

West Side Story, Tonight song.

The Godfather trilogy, F F Coppola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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