STUDENT CHOICES 60

This is a page dedicated to ressources which my students have requested. They are more personalized and correspond to their individual needs. Of course everyone can use them. If you find other web sites which you feel are more appropriate and/or worthy of interest, please indicate them by leaving a comment, publishing a tweet or sending me an e-mail.

For my agronomy students:

ORGANIC FARMING

Watch the following video to find out more about what research is being conducted in Ireland to improve their dairy production:

For Michael(and others interested in Franco American relations):  The following are interviews of the American historian David McCullough* who has just written a book entitled: “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris”. The first one is a Time Magazine ’10 question’ interview in which David explains what inspired him to write the book. The second is a more humorous interview with Stephen Colbert**.  First look at the following words and expressions, then print out the comprehension questions and try to answer them:

Editor-at-large; to be drawn to something (to be attracted to…); a great deal more; a street kid; outlook; portrait painter; in that day (era); to be gifted; a young lawyer (attorney); abolitionist movement; it mushroomed into…; Sports Illustrated; self-editing (to correct oneself); to take something to heart (to take something very seriously); Siouxsies and the Banshees; I gotta say; you got this wise old man thing down (pat) = to be down pat (to be mastered perfectly); checkmate; to be woefully behind; to be snooty; creepy people; (we’ve had) rough times to be sure; to edit that out (to erase it; to censor it); to get ‘thought at’ = to be taught; gravitas = seriousness; “My anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hon’.” = buns (familiar) = buttocks; hon’ (term of endearment)= honey

To answer the comprehension questions click here:

PDF File: What do you know about relations between France and the United States?

[*David Gaub McCullough (pronounced /məˈkʌlə/; born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer.[2] He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award.[2][3]Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written eight more on such topics as Harry S Truman, John Adams, and the Brooklyn Bridge. McCullough has also narrated multiple documentaries, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years. McCullough’s two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted by HBO into a TV film and a mini-series, respectively. McCullough’s most recent work, The Greater Journey, about Americans in Paris from the 1830s to the 1900s, was released on May 24, 2011.] [**Stephen Tyrone Colbert (play /klˈbɛər/ or /ˈklbərt/;[4] born May 13, 1964) is an American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor. He is the host of Comedy Central‘s The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits.]

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For Jean-Michel and Sophie:

This is a CBS News video which tells the story of one of the most famous chefs in America who overcame a very serious disease while achieving his goal of culinary perfection. Go to http://www.debbyscorner.com/a_restaurant_owner_chef_achatz.html for a quiz about this video.

For Gilles:

Here’s a video telling the story of whisky in the US. Before watching the video, look at the following words and expressions, then answer the questions which follow:

Spirits = alcoholic beverages/high volume business = an enterprise which sells a great quantity of products/to approve legislation = to pass laws/to sober up = to make someone become less drunk/The manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors = the production, exchange, and shipping of…/Prohibition = the period from 1920 to 1933 when the production and sale of alcohol was forbidden in the US/the scourge of mankind = the cause of all the suffering of humans/ the temperance movement = social and religious movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages /fellow citizens =someone who has the same characteristics/to belly up to the bar (fam.) = to go stomach first to the bar in order to drink/day in and day out = every day/to fill the void = to fill the gap or empty space/to moonshine = to make alcoholic beverages illegally/failure ≠ success/excise taxes = a tax made by a government on some types of goods produced and used within their own country/to wipe out = to destroy/dash = a few drops/rye, corn, wheat and barley = grains used in American whisky making /garnish = decorative food/to levy a tax against = to put on a tax/uprising = rebellion/to pack up and move = to change your home/frontier = border between farmed and wild land/in the whole US = in the entire US/Bluegrass region = populous southern region in Kentucky full of green pastures/ /limestone rich = white or grey rock which is contained in hard water/iron = metal used in steel-making and which is found in spinach, meat, and in blood/to carry on to other generations = to be perpetuated/quality checks = analyses of good results/shipments = sending goods to another place/batch = a quantity of whisky produced at the same time/moisture = humidity/Ph = a number which shows how strongly acid or alkaline a substance is, in a range from 0 to 14/smooth taste = pleasant flavor which is not sour or bitter/sour mash = name for a process in the distilling industry that uses material from an older batch of mash to start fermentation in the batch currently being made/to make for = produces/worldwide fame = popularity throughout the world/to pour into a tub full of charcoal = to empty into a recipient full of burned wood/ to mellow = to give a smoother taste to a beverage/to end up = to finally be in a particular place or situation/oak barrel = wooden recipient used for aging alcoholic beverages/to char = to burn/porous = something that has many small holes, so liquid or air can pass through, especially slowly/storey =a level of a building/top-selling = most popular

Answer the following questions and discuss them with your teacher:

Part 1 (0 to 3.15 minutes)

  1. What happened on Oct. 28, 1919?
  2. What caused this event and when did it actually begin?
  3. What happened as a result of this event?
  4. How much did this cost the American government per year?
  5. Miraculously what product survived?
  6. What’s a “Manhattan” and how do you make it?
  7. How was Bourbon whisky developed in America?
  8. What is the primary grain in Bourbon whisky?
  9. What is the crucial ingredient in Bourbon whisky? Where can you find it?
  10. What metallic ingredient ruins the taste of whisky?

Click here to check your answers:    

Part 2 (3.15 to 8.49 minutes)

  1. How many whiskey distillers were destroyed by Prohibition. Which brand survived? Where is it located? How many generations have been involved in its production?
  2. Who actually started the Jim Beam Distillery? When and where did it begin?
  3. What is the distilling capacity of the Jim Beam distillery?
  4. What does the quality control check consist of?
  5. What grain is preferred at the Makers Mark Distillery in Loreto, Kentucky? Why do they prefer this grain over corn?
  6. What crucial step do all Bourbon whiskey distillers agree on? Describe it.
  7. What’s the difference between Tennessee whiskey and Kentucky whiskey?
  8. What wood do they use in their smoking process?
  9. Where do all whiskeys end up eventually? Describe these containers.
  10. Why do whiskey distillers use oak barrels? What happens during the aging process?
  11. How many chemicals are contained in the wood? What flavors do they exude?
  12. What are the architectural particularities of whiskey warehouses?
  13. How long does whiskey have to age and what do most distillers do to give a consistent product?
  14. What does the Makers Mark do differently?
  15. What is the last step before the whiskey is bottled?
  16. What is the world’s top selling whiskey? What do the makers say about it?

Click here to check your answers:    

For Michelle (Wine glossaries and the wine industry): A Napa Valley Wine Cooperative where everyone can make their own wine:  http://www.crushpadwine.com/; Robert Parker’s own wine glossary:  http://www.erobertparker.com/info/glossary.asp; Learning wine vocabulary the fun way: http://www.wineeducation.com/glosa.html; A list of Napa Valley wineries: http://www.napavalley.com/wineries/st_helena.html; New York Times Business Glossary (2500 alphabetized words) http://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/glossary/bfglosa.html; French/English Dictionary of Business terms: http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/glossaries/commerce/

Let’s read together the article from Modern Bewery Age: “Vintner Fred Franzia, of “Two Buck Chuck” fame, now offering $4 Napa Valley wines. (Fred Franzia’s Bronco Wine Co. launches new wines) Four Buck Chuck

Look at the following 2 videos to learn how to describe wine (a very important part of French and California culture!). Before watching make sure you understand the following words and expressions:

1st Video with Roger Bohmrich, an American wine specialist: VOCABULARY: barrel samples; a note or score for a wine; a district (or region) for wines; the growing season; Indian summer; to set in (to last); harvesting; a small harvest; weather patterns; dense, dark color; rich generous fruit; pronounced aromas; racy palate; plenty to choose from (or a good selection); satellites of St. Emilion; uneven (imbalanced); unripe;overripe; overextracted; solid buying opportunities...now watch and take notes!

2nd Video with Roger: VOCABULARY: a range of wines; Pomerol appellations; moderately dense; black  with a purple rim (edge of the glass); the nose is all about freshness (with slight acidity); a black pepper quality; notes of black cherry and also blackberry; very reserved for such a young wine; accent or note of high quality oak; excellent definition provided by firm tannins; subtle finish; balance of components; quality of finish (or aftertaste); full-bodied and fleshy; tannic backbone; quite reserved….now let’s watch and take notes!

Now using the same vocabulary describe some wines from 2007 and 2008 from your domaine….

For Ahmed (Logistics Vocabulary): A Virtual Library for Logistics: http://www.logisticsworld.com/logistics/glossary.htm; Freight and Logistics Dictionary: http://www.glossarist.com/glossaries/business/freight-logistics/; A List of Terms from Georgia Tech (USA): http://www.scl.gatech.edu/resources/glossary/

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