anglais et arts plastiques

Voici un petit aperçu du stage: "English and Art"

MONDAY : Archimboldo

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arts plastiques chez English Connection Vannes


WEDNESDAY: Kandinsky



THURSDAY: Mondrian


anglais et arts plastiques vannes

FRIDAY: Andy Warhol

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Bronwen Custance, English Connection Vannes

....... and this is the teacher!

Team GB in Vannes!

Every day this week, as I have been driving to work, I’ve noticed some vans with the words “Great Britain Cycling Team” parked outside the Hotel Escale Oceania (near the Palais des Arts roundabout) in Vannes. I decided to try and find out what they were doing in Vannes. (Yes, I know, I am very nosey!)

Team GB vehicles

In fact, it turned out to be the British under 23 cycling team, consisting of 6 cyclists, 4 personnel and 3 vehicles.

Hmmm, that’s quite an impressive (and expensive) show to put on the road, so who’s paying for it all, I wondered?

I spoke to Jack Kershaw, one of the assistants with the team, and he gave me the lowdown:


The team is funded partly by the UK tax payer, partly by the UK lottery and partly from sponsorship by Sky. The cyclists are the future stars of British cycling, and they are expected to become professional sportsmen, join top cycling teams, and (hopefully) represent Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics.

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They are here in Vannes to compete in the 46th Tour de Bretagne,which is taking place from 25th April to 1st May.

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I asked Mr kershaw, how they were doing: “Unfortunately, not great”, was the answer. Four of the team have been flown home as there had been some nasty crashes caused by really terrible weather conditions. Two riders have been seriously injured and another two have minor injuries, so there are only two members left in the race.

There are two more days of racing to go and Team GB have now moved on to Quimper.

We wish the young cyclists and their Manager, Keith Lambert, good luck for the remaining circuits and hope the weather improves for them. It was great to see the British team in Vannes. Let’s hope they come back again next year!

For more information about the race go to:



to be nosey = to be curious
it turned out to be = it became evident
to give (someone) the lowdown = to give information

Mini-Sagas (lycée)

It's time for some more Mini-Sagas, I think.

This year's Mini-Sagas have been written by students in the Lycée First Certificate group. The students are all in Terminale.

For your information, a Mini-Saga is a complete story in exactly 50 words.

We hope you enjoy them!

1. My Geeky Brother by Salomé

My brother is a geek. A real one. He has all the symptoms : Glasses. Spots. Braces. The computer as a passion . My mother knows it. She locks the computer hardware into a room and keeps the key on her.
My brother doesn’t mind: he’s made a copy of the key.

2. Drunk Once Again by Jocelyn

I must have been completely pissed because I saw an angel walking towards me. I immediately fell in love with her. Suddenly, she yelled at me.
‘Hey dickhead, what the hell are you doing? We’re shooting the last scene’
I’d forgotten that Spielberg was making his latest movie near here.

3. The Diver by Thibault

He went scuba diving every Saturday in the ocean. He was falling in love with mermaids.
One day, he dived with his friend in the darkness of the sea at 60 feet underwater. His friend didn't look at him for just 20 seconds and lost him.

He never came back.

4. The Schizophrenic by Romain

I had a friend who was so good. We liked to do the same things. I met him at the end of a party. I was drunk. The last time I saw him was when I wanted to give him an apple. It fell. He told me I was schizophrenic.

(Weird stuff,Romain. I love it!)

Diplômes de Cambridge

Cambridge ESOL certificates

University of Cambridge ESOL certificates

étudiantes avec les diplômes de Cambridge

étudiants de l'école English Connection Vannes et leurs diplômes de Cambridge

English Connection students receive their University of Cambridge KET & PET certificates.

Cours enfants et jeunes en images

Bientôt la rentrée!

English Connection Vannes propose des cours d'anglais dès la classe de CP jusqu'au Terminale, pour aider vos enfants et ados à pratiquer et à apprendre l'anglais.

Chaque année les nouveaux élèves et leurs parents posent tout naturellement des questions concernant le déroulement de nos cours.

Les cours se déroulent de façon différente selon le niveau et l'âge des enfants, ainsi, les cours d'anglais peuvent comprendre un bon nombre de choses comme les chansons, les jeux, le bricolage, les poèsies, le lotto, le dessin, le théâtre et les jeux de rôles, tout en assimilant des notions fondamentales de grammaire et en élargissant le vocabulaire des étudiants.

Notre objectif est de permettre aux élèves de pratiquer l'anglais et de leur donner une confiance à l'oral et à l'écrit. Le but des professeurs anglophones est également de donner l'envie aux plus jeunes d'apprendre l'anglais. Nous souhaitons éveiller la curiosité linguistique et culturelle des élèves. Nous espérons que ces connaissances serviront non seulement à passer les examens scolaires mais seront également utiles par exemple lors des voyages dans les pays anglophones ou même pour le futur métier des étudiants.

Puisquent les cours sont si variés, voici un aperçu tout en images de l'année scolaire 2010/2011, pour mieux expliquer le fonctionnement de nos cours:

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La classe de CP apprend une poèsie.

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Les Pirates! CE1 fabrique les masques et apprend le vocabulaire et une chanson autour de la thème des pirates.

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images des cours chez english connection vannes

Pour apprendre le vocabulaire associé au corps et au physique ( tête/jambe/pied/bras...) : un jeu de société. Classe de CE

arts plastiques chez english connection vannes

La classe de 5ème fabrique les "Christmas Crackers" à Noël

Noël chez english connection vannes


les cours en images chez english connection vannes

Travaux en paires pour la classe de 3ème

stage d'été en images english connection vannes

Stage d'été - niveau collège - jeux de rôles autour du thème "shopping"

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Cours particuliers - un petit tour de la ville de Vannes - pour apprendre et consolider la vocabulaire importante!

cours lycée chez english connection vannes

english connection et rock à lorient

Cours niveau lycée: Une sortie scolaire à Lorient pour l'enrégistrement d'une chanson et d'une vidéo You Tube.

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Venez goûter les spécialités britanniques...

Terminale chez english connection vannes

Le groupe Terminale fête la fin de l'année scolaire avec un petit goûter anglais composé de "jelly" et d'autres spécialités étrangères.

Pssst, cette année, ces trois élèves ont également reçu leur diplôme "First Certificate in English" accordé par l'Université de Cambridge.

Venez nous rejoindre! N'hésitez pas à contacter les professeurs anglophones pour tout renseignement supplémentaire concernant les horaires des cours ou les demandes d'inscription.



Cette année 20 étudiant(e)s se présentaient en tant que candidats des examens de l’université de Cambridge…. et 20 étudiant(e)s sont admis.

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Cambridge University ESOL Exam Results :

The following candidates have been awarded the KET (niveau A2):

Julie Benson (Pass with Merit)
Louis Ferrand
Paul Ferrand
Clara Feuvrie
Domitile Gourdin
Astrid Niculescu (Pass with Merit) (Also, best result this year – 95%)
Addie-Alyssa Nshimirimana
Foucault Vuillemin
Maxence Vuillemin

The following candidates have been awarded the PET (niveau B1):

Pierre Guilloux
Agathe Mariette-Gatinet
Jean-Claude Martin (Pass with Merit)
Claire Maudet (Pass with Merit)
Jocelyn Pommier (Pass with Merit)
Annie Robic
Monique Traineau
Pierre Traineau
Jean-Côme Vuillemin

The following candidates have been awarded the FCE (niveau B2):

Brigitte Clérét (Pass with Grade B)
Vincent Maire



Introducing EN-ROCK!!

Jocelyn, Claire, Laetitia & Flavie went from English Connection to Rock à Lorient (l'école de guitare) on Saturday with Bronwen to record "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World.

English Connection Vannes et Rock à Lorient

The music had already been recorded at ROCK à LORIENT by Quentin and Julien.


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Julien did the guitar solo. He's only been playing for two years.

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Luke, doing the sound engineering.

We hope that the song and its accompanying video will be released on You tube for La Fête de la Musique on 21st June 2011.

Rock à Lorient

So watch this space!

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chanteuse à Rock à Lorient

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We will give you the You Tube link as soon as our song is online.

By the way, if you would like to improve your guitar technique, Rock à Lorient is offering four "Stages d'été" for guitarists who are at least 14 years old and who have a minimum of 3 years experience. They include: Stage AC/DC; Stage Guns 'n Roses; Stage "Solo" and Stage "Histoire du Rock".

For more information contact Luke :

or 02 97 21 07 65


Sissinghurst, Kent

welcome to Sissinghurst Kent

Sissinghurst is a lovely little village in the county of Kent in south east England. It is full of pretty pubs, churches, red brick houses and quaint little buildings which are used as shops and banks.

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In this part of Kent you can also see houses with very strange roofs.

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These are called "Oast Houses". Originally they were used to dry hops which grow in this area and are used to make beer.


There is also a little castle which was originally built in the middle ages. Since then various owners have added parts to it. At one point it was beautiful and grand enough to invite Queen Elizabeth I to stay there. But later the house fell into disrepair and in the late 17th century it became a prisoner of war camp. The French soldiers who were kept there did their best to destroy the castle. You can still see their graffiti carved inside the castle today.

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By 1930 the castle was almost derelict and it was bought by an English woman called Vita Sackville West.
Vita was born in Kent in 1892, the daughter of Baron Sackville.

She led an interesting life, travelled extensively and got married at the age of 21 to a man who was a diplomat as well as a novelist & gardener. They had children, but as she and her husband had “an open marriage” she also had passionate love affairs with several prominent women (such as the novelist Virginia Woolf) throughout her adult life. She wrote many books and poems, but is probably best known as a gardener.

She bought Sissinghurst castle in Kent with her husband when she found she was unable to inherit her father’s house simply because she was a woman (it went to her uncle instead). Losing her family home broke her heart, but buying Sissinghurst made up for it a bit.


As well as the castle they also bought the surrounding farms and land and set about creating some beautiful gardens.

Her husband laid out the garden as a series of different “rooms” each with a different colour or theme and Vita, who wrote regular gardening articles for the Observer newspaper, did the planting. She is renowned for starting the fashion of having a “white” garden.

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By 1938 the garden was open to the public, and it has remained one of the most loved and visited gardens in England. It was taken over by The National Trust in 1967

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sissinghurst castle gardens

For further information about visiting times & prices visit the National Trust site below.


Linking words (Conseils pour organiser et lier le discours)

If you need to write a discursive essay (an essay where you discuss a subject, give opposite views and conclude with your own opinion) you need to organise your ideas and write in a clear and logical way.

First, you could brainstorm all your ideas - both for and against the subject. This should give you a lot of ideas quickly.
Next, decide which of your ideas are positive and which are negative. Do you have any examples to justify your opinions?
Finally, what do you really think? This will be your conclusion.

It is a good idea to use linking words.

Here is a short list of linking words which should help improve your writing skills. It is not a complete list - but it is enough.

You will see that there are some expressions that you have probably learnt in school, such as "indeed", "moreover", "according to me" which are not actually used very much by English people. Yes - these words exist - but you will not see them used very often. Read a newspaper or a magazine and try to find the word "moreover". You will probably need to read THOUSANDS of words before you find it - so don't use it if you are going to write 150 - 200 words.

Ordonner les idées

First of all ….
Secondly… / also…/ next…
In conclusion…

Etoffer l’argumentation

It is obvious that…
In addition…
What's more....(à eviter:moreover)

Donner des arguments s’opposant à ceux qui sont déjà mentionnés

On the other hand…(à éviter: on the one hand)

Exprimer la consequence

As a result (of this)….

Donner des exemples

For example…
Such as….(à éviter: as)

Insister sur un point particulier

In fact…(à éviter: indeed)
It is common knowledge that…
According to … (recent reports/ the latest statistics/ the Government)

Donner son opinion

Personally, I think that… I don’t think that…
In my opinion (à éviter : according to me)

Pour enrichir le style et le lexique de votre rédaction, évitez les répétitions, structurez le discours grâce aux mots de liaisons et prolonger les phrases simples avec les pronoms relatifs : (which, who, whose, where, that)

Donnez deux ou trois exemples concrets, empruntés à des domaines divers: histoire, actualités, expérience personnelle…

Organiser votre rédaction en quatre paragraphes :

Introduction :
You may paraphrase the question here and you may use rhetorical questions. However you should try to uses synonyms. If you DO copy any part of the question, make sure you do not make any spelling or grammatical mistakes!
Expand your ideas : give examples.
Give an opposing opinon.
Conclusion:Give your personal opinion

How to Pass FCE Writing part 2 “REPORTS”

1. Tense. Read the question carefully. What tense should the REPORT be in?
2. Layout. (Mise en page) This should be very tidy and well organized with underlined sub-headings. (I have put my subheadings in bold)
3. Imagine that the report is real!

Example Question:
The school where you learn English has decided to buy some DVDs in English. You have been asked to write a report for the Principle suggesting what kinds of DVDs the school should buy. In your report you should also explain why students at the school will enjoy these DVDs.

OK, so if this was a real situation, you would probably ask all the students what sort of DVDs they would like. You would maybe do this with a questionnaire. Also, if the situation was real, you would probably have a budget. How much do DVDs cost? What is the situation at the moment? Are there already a few DVDs or none at all? You have to use your imagination.
So, I’m going to answer the question using the Present Simple in the Introduction. I’m going to use the Simple Past (and Passive) in the second part, and I’m going to use some modal verbs in the conclusion. (I want to show the examiner that I can use a lot of different tenses.)
Remember – this is a REPORT to the Principle, NOT a letter!

Example Answer:

English Connection School of English intends to buy a selection of DVDs for the school library. This report examines what sort of DVDs are appropriate.

Current Situation:
At the moment there are more than 100 videos in the school library. However, not many students still possess a video recorder therefore no-one borrows them.

Student’s choice:
All students were given a questionnaire which asked what sort of DVDs the students would like to see. The results are as follows: More than 75% of students wanted to see British films. Although they prefer American films for their action, almost everyone agreed that British films are easier to understand. Suggested films include “Harry Potter”, “The Queen” and “The King’s Speech”.
Students are also interested in documentary and factual films, particularly documentaries about science, nature, animals and history. These films have a slow and clear commentary and at the same time they are educational. Films of this sort include “Into the Wild”.

A full list of requested films is attached.

• DVDs currently cost between 5 and 20 Euros each, depending on the age of the film.
• I suggest buying 100 DVDs to replace the videos which are no longer used.
• Buying at least 3 copies of the most popular films would be sensible.
• This should be possible with a budget of 1,000€.

213 Words

(I have put in the answer that “a list of requested films is attached” – of course, I am only pretending. I will not really attach a list of films.)

The examiners are looking for a clear and logical answer.
Start with “Report on ……..” Then write your introduction.
Finish with “Recommendations” Then write your conclusion.
The other sub titles depend on the question.

Let’s look at another report question:

A group of language students age 14 – 18 is going to visit your town. You have been asked to write a report on different places to eat, both for them and their teachers.

Report on Restaurants in Vannes, Brittany
Vannes is a pretty medieval town with a Port which attracts tourists all year round. There are plenty of places to eat for all types of budget.

Galettes and Crêpes
For students on a tight budget, the best place to eat is in a Crêperie. You should try these pancakes which can be filled with anything you like, such as cheese and ham; and then try a sweet crêpe with, for example, chocolate, lemon or apples. The menu is long so there will be something for everybody.
Each Galette or Crêpe costs between 3€ and 7€. Try “Le Dan Ewen” in the Saint Patern part of town.

Salon de Thé
Alternatively, why not try “Le Salon d’Agnès” in rue Noé? Agnès makes wonderful homemade quiches and salad and cakes. Go early (12 o’clock) to get a table. This is also the best place to go if you just want some hot chocolate, or coffee and a cake.

There isn’t a McDonald’s in the town centre, but there are places near the Port where you can buy sandwiches. For a really cheap meal, try the pasta shop in rue Thiers. You choose your pasta and your sauce and you can either eat it there or take it away. Most local students find a place to sit down at the Port.

Italian & Pizza restaurants
There are plenty of these throughout the town, but “Le Cosy” in rue Thiers is particularly good.

Fish & Seafood
Brittany is well known for its seafood. Try a plate of “Moules Frites” in one of the restaurants at the Port.

Gastronomic Restaurants
You will find several restaurants which serve traditional French dishes. You could try the Alsace restaurant at the Port, or go to the Saint Patern part of town where there are lots of good restaurants. Le Terroir has a very nice, cosy atmosphere, especially in winter as they have a log fire.

• Always book on a Friday or Saturday night, especially if a large group is going.
• All prices include service.
• Don’t have wine with your Galettes and Crêpes, drink Breton Cider instead.

Note the use of “bullet points” in the final RECOMMENDATION paragraph. You don’t have to use them, but it looks more like a report if you do.
If you don't know the name of real places - invent them.

Finally, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT, check your spelling and grammar for stupid mistakes such as “he have” or “you can to buy a sandwitch”.