1L & Tles L LMA Session 1 LVA September 11th

1ères L


Unit 1 –  GOING AWAY !

2014-09-11 18.38.20 2014-09-11 18.38.34   Document 1- Documentary film trailer : A Map for Saturday by Brook Silva-Braga, 2007


On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents.

The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored.

But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

It’a about people goind place > They are travelling around the world. They are travellers / backpackers / adventurers.


Unit 1 –  GOING AWAY !

Travel vocabulary mindmap

there are many words to speak about travels:

  • to travel: voyager
  • a trip: un voyage ( en voiture ou à pied)
  • to take a trip / to go on a trip: faire un voyage
  • an expedition ( aventure)
  • a journey (en avion)
  • a sight-seeing tour: une visite guidée
  • a cruise: une croisière
  • a safari

Gear / Equipment

What have you got in your backpack?

        • gear / equipment
        • backpack: sac à dos
        • a compass: une boussole
        • binoculars: des jumelles
        • clothes: vêtements
        • toiletries: nécessaire de toilette
        • the bare necessities: le strict nécessaire
        • a pocket knife: couteau suisse
        • a ighter: un briquet
        • pen and paper: de quoi écrire
        • official papers: visa, ID , passport, greencard
        • medicine : médicaments
        • a map; une carte
        • a pair of good shoes: de bonnes chaussures
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Unit 1 –  GOING AWAY ! What kind of traveller are you?

A map for Saturday by Brook Silva-Braga
Find one word about this film
about people who travel around the world
they talk about their experiences
the travellers say they enjoy it
They travel by train, by bus and by foot.
They carry big backpacks.
This video proves that everyone can travel.
There’s an American guy and a French guy who travel / go on a trip to India, Italy, Greece .

Meeting new people / speaking different languages / discovering new landscapes / sightseeing / discovering new cultures / foreign cultures / lifestyles / who they are.
Spaces and Exchanges
If you need vocabulary say …’How do you say … ?’

b- Listen to each group and take notes.
Into the Wild by Sean Penn adapted from the book by Jon Krakauer.

Characters? Young man called Chris. He did exist. He’s travelling alone to Alaska. He hitch-hikes all the way North.
Adapted from a real life experience / adapted from Jon Krakauer’s book

Situation? Desperate situation, dangerous trip, he burns his money and ID papers so he has trouble surviving in the wild on his own.

What’s the story? What do you expect?
A. guesses he’s going to make it to Alaska alive. I guess he’s going to die.

Seems to be thrilling / we can see amazing landscapes.
– he is on his own / no money / no means of transportation / follow his adventure / fighting for his life. / far away from society / breaking away from city life

Life of PI directed by Ang Lee adapted from the book by Yann Martel.
young Indian boy shipwrecked (naufragé.) with a tiger.

Situation? In the middle of the ocean
What’s the story? He is going to tame the tiger and try to survive. Maybe he’ll go back home. The tiger might try to kill and eat him to survive.
Compared to Chris, Pi didn’t choose his situation.

Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola.

Characters? There are 2 characters, one is a middle-aged man and the other one is a young woman.
Situation? They’re in Japan, they’re in a foreign city and they don’t speak Japanese.
What’s the story?
Maybe they will fall in love.


There are different kinds of travel experiences and different types of travellers:
modern times / modern West European ways of travelling / with friends
adventurers > go beyond their limits
survivors > by accident / shipwrecked
illegal / trafficking
forced immigration / political exile / refugees
luxury travel / business travellers
volunteering / charity

What type of traveller are you?

Explain and justify with your real travel experiences.

  • a foreign country / foreign countries
  • at the moment: pour l’instant
  • on the spot: sur place
  • find yourself among your family again : se retrouver en famille
  • climate / weather: climat / temps
  • a youth hostel : une auberge de jeunesse
  • all around / over France
  • area / neighbourhood
  • politeness / good manners
  • warm / welcoming : chaleureux
  • to lull so. asleep: bercer
  • to fall under the spell of : tomber sous le charme de / to fall in love for : tomber amoureux
  • remote places: des endroits reculés
  • passionate : passionné
  • To have a good time: passer un bon moment

“ to conclude / to finish / to sum up / in the end “: pour finir
“I’ve travelled to Portugal before / I would like to go to China next.”
“I’ve never been to Asia / I’m attracted to Japan / it appeals to me”
“I’m a bit of an adventurer!” : j’ai un côté aventurier
“I went sightseeing in Portugal.”
“It’s a trip I’ve always wanted to do.”

For > depuis + durée : for 5 years
since > depuis + date : since 2009
ago > il y a “ I decided to go on a trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau 5 years ago.’

“I’ve been to China and I like it so much I will go back again. “
“I’ve had an amazing time, sharing experiences with my friends. “
“I used to travel a lot. “


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