SALC

Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Reading Comprehension Advanced Level

Snake Bites Boy

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Three-year-old Teddy Lasry was napping yesterday in his cowboy outfit yesterday at his family’s Fifth Ave. apartment when he shot up in bed screaming. A 3-foot-long black-and-white snake was coiled around his left arm and had just bitten his pinky.

“The baby-sitter freaked out,” said Teddy’s father, David Lasry, who, along with his wife, Evelyn, was at work when the reptile showed up about 4 p.m.

The horrified nanny called 911 and the building’s doorman. The doorman and two cable TV workers helped pry the snake off the boy’s arm and stow it in a garbage bag, Lasry said.

Police rushed Teddy to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where his parents said he spent two hours attached to a heart monitor as a precaution in case the snake was poisonous.

It wasn’t. Experts at the snakebite treatment center at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where cops took the critter, determined it was a non-venomous California king snake.

But how did it end up in Teddy’s bed?

A little sleuthing determined that the serpent had escaped two weeks ago from its cage in the apartment of a doctor whose family lives four floors below the Lasrys. The apologetic owner said his son’s pet snake likely traveled up the radiator pipes and into his neighbor’s apartment.

“It’s a very docile, very harmless snake,” he said. “It’s handled by our family all the time.”

Lasry, 42, a fine arts publisher, said he believed the pet was simply hungry after two weeks of cruising. Teddy’s mother, Evelyn Lasry, 37, said her son seems to have gotten over his fright by thinking of himself as a hero cowboy as he rode in the back of the police cruiser to the hospital.

“I told Teddy he’s a pretty snake, a nice pet snake who got out of his cage,” Evelyn Lasry said. “But he asked, ‘Why did he bite my finger, Mamma?’ And I said, ‘Because he saw that you are a big boy, Teddy, in your cowboy outfit and he got scared.'”

Quiz Snake bites boy

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Reading Comprehension for Intermediate Level

The First Computer Programmer

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Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron. She was taught by Mary Somerville, a well-known researcher and scientific author, who introduced her to Charles Babbage in June 1833. Babbage was an English mathematician, who first had the idea for a programmable computer.

In 1842 and 1843, Ada translated the work of an Italian mathematician, Luigi Menabrea, on Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Though mechanical, this machine was an important step in the history of computers; it was the design of a mechanical general-purpose computer. Babbage worked on it for many years until his death in 1871. However, because of financial, political, and legal issues, the engine was never built. The design of the machine was very modern; it anticipated the first completed general-purpose computers by about 100 years.

When Ada translated the article, she added a set of notes which specified in complete detail a method for calculating certain numbers with the Analytical Engine, which have since been recognized by historians as the world’s first computer program. She also saw possibilities in it that Babbage hadn’t: she realized that the machine could compose pieces of music. The computer programming language ‘Ada’, used in some aviation and military programs, is named after her.

Comprehension Questions

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READING COMPREHENSION FOR BEGINNERS

MEXICO CITY

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Read the passages and choose the correct options according to the readings. 

One of my favorite vacation places is Mexico. I really like the weather there because it never gets cold. The people are very nice too. They never laugh at my bad Spanish. The food is really good. Mexico City is a very interesting place to visit. It has some great museums and lots of fascinating old buildings. The hotels are too expensive to stay but there are more affordable options. For example, you can stay at one of the beach resorts like Acapulco. If you are planning to visit Mexico, you should definitely see the Mayan temples near Merida. 

Mexico City

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beach

Last summer, we decided to spend our vacation at the beach because the weather was very hot in the mountains. The travel agent said that traveling by bus was the cheapest way, but we went by plane because it was faster. We wanted to have more time to spend at the beach. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time.

THE BEACH

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Étudie le français avec un poème de Victor Hugo !

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Titre : Demain, dès l´aube… Écoute le poème ici puis fais les exercices.

Exercice 1 : Ecoute le poème et remets les phrases dans le bon ordre.

Vers numéro…
Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,
Et, quand j’arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombe
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.
Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.
Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,

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Un bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.
J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.
Je marcherai les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,
Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.
Je ne regarderai ni l’or du soir qui tombe
Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,

 

Exercice 2 : retrouve les verbes au futur simple.

Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,

Je _______________ . Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.

J’ _______________ par la forêt, j’ _______________ par la montagne.

Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.

Je _______________ les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,

Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,

Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,

Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.

Je ne _______________  ni l’or du soir qui tombe,

Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,

Et, quand j´_______________  , je _______________  sur ta tombe

Un bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.

Vérifie exercices 1 et 2 ici

 

Exercice 3 : Questions de compréhension : répondez aux questions suivantes

Qui parle ? Qui est « Je » ?

Sa femme ?       Sa fille ?         Victor Hugo lui-même ?

A qui s’adresse le poème ? Qui est « Tu » ?

Sa mère ?       Sa fille Léopoldine ?    Sa femme ?

Pour décrire le poème, on dit qu’il est :

Lyrique ? Tragique ?       Romantique ?

Quel est le 1er verbe du poème ? Quel est son groupe ?

Voir ?               Partir ?            Blanchir ?

 A quel temps sont les verbes du poème ?

Au conditionnel ?         Au futur simple ?        A l’imparfait ?

 « Harfleur » c’est : Une fleur ?                     Un légume ?                 Une ville ?

Quelle est la destination du poète?

La montagne ?          La campagne ?            Un cimetière ?

Le poète est triste, pourquoi ?

Sa fille est décédée ?         Sa fille s’est mariée ?                Sa fille habite loin ?

Exercice 4 : vocabulaire :

  1. retrouvez les deux mots ou expressions qui désignent le matin :

_______________________,              __________________________

 

  1. Retrouvez les deux mots ou expressions qui désignent le soir :

_______________________,              __________________________

 

Exercice 5 : vocabulaire : relier les synonymes

Rester                                       les voiles

Le matin                                   l´or du soir

Les bateaux                             demeurer

Le coucher de soleil                dehors

Extérieur                                 l´aube

 

Réponses aux exercices 3, 4 et 5: 

Exercice 3 : Questions de compréhension : répondez aux questions suivantes

Qui parle ? Qui est « Je » ? Victor Hugo lui-même

A qui s’adresse le poème ? Qui est « Tu » ? Sa fille Léopoldine

Pour décrire le poème, on dit qu’il est : Lyrique

Quel est le 1er verbe du poème ? Quel est son groupe ? Blanchir, troisième groupe.

 A quel temps sont les verbes du poème ? Au futur simple

« Harfleur » c’est : Une ville

Quelle est la destination du poète?  Un cimetière

Le poète est triste, pourquoi ? Sa fille est décédée

 

Exercice 4 : vocabulaire :

  1. retrouvez les deux mots ou expressions qui désignent le matin :

l´aube, à l´heure où blanchit la campagne              

2. Retrouvez les deux mots ou expressions qui désignent le soir :

La nuit, l´or du soir qui tombe              

 

Exercice 5 : vocabulaire : relier les synonymes

Rester = demeurer

Le matin = l´aube

Les bateaux = les voiles

Le coucher de soleil = l´or du soir

Extérieur = dehors

 

Adaptations du poeme :

Ecoute le poeme en musique!

Ecoute le poeme en musique!

Adaptation orchestrale du poeme