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October 6th, 2011 by admin

M1GC session 5

Today’s session is devoted to reading your chosen article in detail.  You should make notes, check the words you don’t know and write down anything you think of that might be useful for when you actually do the presentation. (What to put on slides, and words with difficult pronunciation etc.)

In the final session you will also be expected to hand in a written paper (1-2 sides of typed A4) in which you summarize and give a critical opinion of the article you have chosen to present.  The link below will allow you to download two documents about reviewing an article.  The documents are not related to your field, but are nonetheless useful.


September 15th, 2011 by admin

M1GC Research Article

Voici une proposition de traduction de l’abstract:

L’objectif de cette étude était d’évaluer les techniques de préparation des échantillons de test de béton perméable dans l’optique de produire des échantillons ayant des caractéristiques similaires aux trottoirs en béton perméable déjà posés. Des cylindres et des dalles étaient banchés (coulés) avec du béton perméable provenant de trois différents projets de pavage et produit par trois processus différents. Les comparaisons entre les échantillons coulés et les coeurs des trottoirs étaient basées sur le taux d’infiltration, la densité et la porosité. Parmi/sur les processus de consolidation de cylindres qui ont été testés, le compactage de Proctor a donné la plus faible variation de résultats et produit des caractéristiques proches des trottoirs existants. Cependant, les dalles carrées de 600mm se rapprochaient encore plus de la densité et la porosité des trottoirs déjà en place.

Lien pour télécharger le document sur le traitement après prise (curing)

September 13th, 2011 by admin

Case Study (L3GC)

The first part of this type of case study gives the (historical) background leading up to the project, and then the identification of the need

Defining the need
Usually a single sentence which clearly formulates the raison d’être for the project

Planning & construction

This is the longest section and covers the whole of the period between the original conception and its completion. It describes the steps such as location, delays, problems (and how they were overcome).

This section looks back on how the project has functioned since it was finished, detailing the good and bad points.

September 10th, 2011 by admin

M1 Genie Civil

Answers to today’s questions :

A review article aims to resume the current state of research on a specific topic. The author(s) should provide a coherent view of the topic based on a broad range of (mostly) research articles relevant to that topic. A term that is often used in relation to review articles is “state of the art”.

Ideally, you will find out (1) the names of the main researchers working in a field (2) recent major advances and discoveries that have been made (3) the significant gaps in the research (4) any current debates, and (5) what future directions are possible or probable for research in the field.

The two main common words in this article that have specialised meanings are ‘hydration’ and ‘curing’. See an online dictionary such as dictionary.com or wordreference.com for more information.

Bilingual Dictionary
Dictionary of building and Civil Engineering, Don Montague, 1996 Taylor & Francis e-book : Review copy here

January 31st, 2011 by admin

Vous faire payer pour aller au cinéma

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February 16th, 2010 by admin

Master MLES

Today’s documents can be downloaded here :

Presenting slides

Beyond Language

Slide examples

October 16th, 2009 by admin

Magazine idea

You may want to include a short comic strip.  Online tool stripgenerator will help you do just that, even if you can’t draw.



September 28th, 2009 by admin

Proposition de traduction

Cantharides, or Spanish fly. In powdered form ingesting it leads to inflammation of the urinary tract and congestion of the penis, sometimes causing a prolonged erection. It is highly toxic and taking it may lead to renal hemorraging and death.

Yohimbine, a vasodilator produced from the bark of an African tree, increases the blood flow to the penis, causing an erection. However, this substance is toxic in high doses and should be proscribed in cases of liver disease or high blood pressure.

Ginseng, which is a plant found in Asia or North America, is undoubtedly the most famous aphrodisiac in the world, but its effectiveness has never been proved. Ginseng is sometimes mixed with nux vomica which contains strychnine, a stimulant, but an extremely dangerous one.

Mandrake, famous for its phallus-like shape, is the root of a Mediterrnean plant. It actually contains many toxic substances.

Nutmeg stimulates desire, but leads to cramps, and in large doses, intoxication.

Bois Bandé, which comes from a tree in the Caribbean Islands, and whose role as a vasodilator has never been proven, is thought to lead to many side effects.

Rhinoceros horn, used in its powdered form in the far East, has no medical value as the basis to increase sexual appetite.