Idea of Progress – Wall-e

A2 > C1 Pairworks Class Activities to print here!

  • What is designed to accommodate everyone’s needs?

Food?  Drink liquid food out of large plastic cup > a lot of trash  > + pollution Communication? Glued to their screens even if their friend is next to them. > no face to face communication anymore

Transportation? Unable to move on their own / never stand up / move thanks to flying wheelchairs > lazy / get fatter and fatter > unhealthy > shorter lifespan

Lesson notes and online quiz below!

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Alexander Betts Why Brexit happened — and what to do next ?


Alexander Betts has given a TED talk on the UK’s Brexit vote, why it happened, and what to do next.

He argues that “we are embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are, and Brexit grew out of a deep, unexamined divide between those that fear globalization and those that embrace it.”

Betts gave the talk just five days after the Brexit vote at the TED Summit in Banff, Canada. He explained, “I travelled to the TED Summit a couple of days after Brexit and got into a conversation with Chris Anderson who heads TED. We agreed it would be constructive to channel our shared frustration into a TED talk and also an interesting experiment to see if I could turn around a TED talk in just 2 days”.

The talk examines what Brexit tells us about the challenges of reconciling globalisation and democracy in a changing world. Suggesting, that Brexit is the result of wider structural changes that we observe across liberal democratic states in Europe and North America, the talk calls for a more inclusive approach to globalisation.

The talk received a standing ovation and has now been downloaded by more than 700,000 people.

Leonardo Di Caprio’s moving speech

What is the difference bewteen his speech and Severn Suzuki’s speech?

I have seen Canadian boral forests clear cut / incinerated / burnt down.

I have seen American cities like Miami flooded.

I have seen Indian farmers crops washed away.

I have seen Chinese streets of Beijing chocked by industrial pollution.

I have seen Greenland and Arctic glaciers disappearing.

chocked by : étouffé par

crops: cultures

to deliver a speech: faire un discours

to be washed away: être englouti


Severn speaks about the future > she uses WILL whereas / while Leornardo Di Caprio speaks about past events  with no dates and he uses ‘present perfect‘ I have witnessed / crops have been washed away. !

Also Severn is worried about animals while Leonardo Di Caprio is concerned about Climate refugees and human victims.

As a UN Messenger of Peace, I have traveled all over the world for the last two years documenting how this crisis is changing the natural balance of our planet. I have seen cities like Beijing choked by industrial pollution. Ancient Boreal forests in Canada that have been clear cut and rainforests in Indonesia that have been incinerated. In India, I met farmers whose crops have literally been washed away by historic flooding. In America, I have witnessed unprecedented droughts in California and sea level rise flooding the streets of Miami. In Greenland and in the Arctic I was astonished to see that ancient glaciers are rapidly disappearing well ahead of scientific predictions.

By 2050?

By 2050 if we live by the sea, we might be flooded and become Climate refugees.

We might all end up Climate refugees by 2050!

By 2050 Sri Lanka will / might / is likely to be under water!

Greenland and the Arctic might not even exist anymore!


It’s an Ad world!

Watch 2 ads. What’s wrong with them?

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Match each video to the correct explanation below.

1- Carl’s JR. burger

2- Volkwagon’s Polo.

A- While the fast-food company isn’t exactly known for socially conscious advertisements, its X-Men commercial sinks to a new low. The sexist message is clear: Ladies, burgers are only for manly men. Guys, unless you’re a manly man with massive jaw and muscles to chew on a juicy burger, you’re nothing.

B- One of the most racist commercials in recent history is particularly appalling. It features an Arab terrorist in its ad campaign for a new car. The terrorist attempts to be a suicide bomber at the scene of a busy restaurant, but his plan is thwarted because the Polo, despite being small, is just too strong for his bomb.

I’m shocked about the Carl Jr commercial because this ad was sexist they mean burgers are only for men and not for women. In the second commercial, there is  a mix a between Arabs and terrorists. It’s a racist commercial 1- A 2- B by Mathilde.

4- Listen and practice for Bac exam.


A2 / B1 –

What makes this video interesting? Explain.

B1 / B2  – TIMING: 6’58 – 8’22 Michelle OBAMA on Food Advertising

What is Michelle Obama standing against? Why?

B2 / C1

Listen to the audio 3 times and say what you understand.

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Micro session 4 with TES – TL

1 question
What media did we study last week? newspapers / magazines / broadsheets

How are we influenced by it? Which element from the layout* mise en page were misleading*? Trompeurs

the choice of images and caption on the  influence readers.

Headlines and the choice of words can get our attention and urge us to read.

Most newspapers are funded by ads but we don’t pay attention to them anymore.

Political cartoons are interesting because they share satirical visions of politics.

Step 1 – Anticipate! Look at the images & title!
a- What is the audio document about? US elections Party conventions / each candidate is elected by his / her party to start the race to the White House.
b- What words do you expect to hear?

ISIS – immigration – emails – build a border wall – unemployment – racial profiling – climate – terrorism


CO convention speeches – anticipate / bac exam TES ( script – TL)
What is manipulated here? What is the effect

Step 1 – Anticipate! Look at the images & title!
a- What is the audio document about?
b- What words do you expect to hear?

circus show music funny > mud wrestling instead of optimism
Complete punchlines & issues


Trump about emploment / jobs

‘ have a different vision for the employment ‘ stand up against countries who cheat

Clinton ” going to work with both parties for the first 100 days of her mandate to pass the biggest investment in good paying jobs since WW2 .

Issue – terrorism

Trump “C’s legacy is death / terrorism / destruction / weakness”

Clinton – he says he knows more abt ISIS than the generals, but in fact he doesn’t.


Trump ” stop the gangs / drugs / violence illegal immigrants / great border wall /

Clinton ” self-defeating / inhumane to kick hard-working immigrants out ”

React / discuss.





Julian / Tom / Romain / Morgane

We disagree with Trump saying / when he claims Clinton’s legacy is ‘death…’ because he criticizes her but he doesn’t mention any solution. We agree with Clinton saying she wants to welcome / embrace  immigrants.

Etienne & Alexandre

It reminds us of the Berlin Wall and the wall between Bangladesh and Burma.

Sofiane / Lois / Daniel

We disagree with Trump about the building the wall as it would increase racial / ethnic tensions.

Sarah / NIcolas / Laura

We disagree about this whole debate, it feels absurd and ridiculous.

Sylvain & Jerry We disagree with what T say about building a wall between the USA and Mexico.

I agree with Clinton saying it would be inhumane to kick immigrants out”.

Campaign committees – find out more about each candidate’s agenda.
TES analyse the cartoon – what can you see / what’s the issue? / situation? / what is your candidate’s opinion?
Complete table / ask other groups / take notes
Ccl – how can media inform us? Which media can be trusted? Why?
What about political cartoons? Why are they interesting for us? For voters?