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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Voici une sélection de sites permettant aux adultes d’améliorer leur français gratuitement et sans s’ennuyer. Grâce à ces sites, le français devient un jeu, chacun peut avancer à son rythme, de chez soi et sans complexes…
Pour les personnes dont le français n‘est pas la langue maternelle, il est préférable de commencer par les sites spécialisés dans le FLE (français langue étrangère), ils sont conçus pour apporter les bases nécessaires (voir dans la liste).
A noter que certains sites ont une connotation très « scolaire » (classement du contenu par niveau scolaire), ce qui peut freiner les adultes souhaitant s’exercer. Le meilleur des conseils qu’on puisse donner est de ne pas se laisser complexer par ces « niveaux », l’important est de s’entrainer pour surpasser ses propres difficultés et de revenir sur ce que justement on n’a pas retenu, pas appris ou pas compris à l’école…
Bonnes révisions à tous et surtout amusez-vous !
Cours et exercices de français Tv5monde
Aller sur TV5monde

Un site très complet, pas du tout scolaire et permettant de passer de bons moments en s’exerçant. En passant la souris sur l’onglet « langue française », on accède à un grand nombre de jeux, quizz, vidéos et autres exercices (vocabulaire, orthographe, grammaire, expressions etc.). Les 4 niveaux de difficultés permettent d’avancer pas à pas quel que soit son niveau (également pour le FLE). Autre plus : lien direct vers les dictées de Bernard Pivot et le lien vers les vidéos d’un merveilleux professeur qui nous décrypte quelques bizarreries de la langue française: merci professeur.
Ladictee.fr
Aller sur Ladictee.fr
- Des dictées, des exercices et des cours en vidéo pour tout âge et tout niveau ainsi qu’une partie « règles et astuces ».

Aller sur Zendictee.fr
Aller sur Zendictee.fr
Inscription gratuite. Dictées pour adultes, dictées complexes et dictées issues des annales du brevet des collèges.
Le site propose des cours et exercices pour éviter les fautes dans les écrits professionnels et des dictées ludiques.
Aller sur ccdmd.qc.ca
Aller sur ccdmd.qc.ca
 - Une multitude d’exercices interactifs ambiance casino (très ludique), des liens vers des cours et une multitude de ressources pour apprendre.

Aller sur exercices.free.fr
Aller sur exercices.free.fr
Des exercices sous forme de jeux (grammaire, conjugaison, orthographe, vocabulaire, lecture, poèmes). Le site propose d’autres matières.
Aller sur Babelnet
Aller sur Babelnet
 - Des exercices interactifs sur les fameux homophones (mots ayant le même son mais orthographe différente).


Aller sur Intellego.fr
Aller sur Intellego.fr
Des exercices et leurs corrigés en français, grammaire, communication écrite pour tous les niveaux.
Permet de réviser aussi de nombreuses autres matières, avec un conjugueur automatique et un forum (beaucoup de pubs).

Aller sur Orthonet.fr
Aller sur Orthonet.fr
- Surtout pour la rubrique de jeux par niveau de difficulté, à noter un moteur de recherche (vocabulaire, orthographe) et la possibilité de poser des questions.
Il est possible de demander la correction d’un texte, c’est gratuit mais sous conditions.

Aller sur blog01eso
Aller sur blog01eso
Un blog très complet pour les personnes dont le français n’est pas la langue maternelle (FLE).
Peut également être utile aux personnes ayant des problèmes de lecture, prononciation (entrainement phonétique).

Aller sur bonjourdefrance.com
Aller sur bonjourdefrance.com

- « Cyber-magazine » spécialisé FLE et contenant des exercices, tests, jeux pour apprendre le français en s’amusant.

Aller sur phonetique.free.fr
Aller sur phonetique.free.fr

Enfin de la phonétique pas ennuyeuse… Exercices sur les syllabes et les sons, recommandé pour le FLE et les personnes ayant des problèmes de lecture, d’écriture des syllabes.


Aller sur Netprof.fr
Aller sur Netprof.fr
- Cours en vidéo gratuits (payant si on veut éviter la pub et télécharger) avec quelques tests.
Aller sur Ameliorezvotrefrancais.com
Aller sur Ameliorezvotrefrancais
Cours, exercices et rubrique communautaire de questions/réponses.


Aller sur le Conjugateur
Aller sur le Conjugateur
- Conjugue instantanément n’importe quel verbe de la langue française, même les néologismes : pratique et rapide. Le Figaro propose également ce service sur http://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/

Aller sur Etudeslitteraires.com
Aller sur Etudeslitteraires.com
Pour ceux qui veulent améliorer globalement leur expression écrite et leurs connaissances en littérature.




 N’hésitez pas à compléter la liste et ajouter vos commentaires.



Monday, August 18, 2014

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A runner-up in the GfGD Blog Competition, Hudson Wereh Shiraku gives an interesting overview of the many ways in which geoscience can, and has, made a positive contribution to the lives of communities around the world. Hudson is based in the Environmental Sciences Department at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

As a prefix, geo is derived from a Greek word which loosely translates to “earth” usually in the sense of ground or land. Geosciences would therefore include all sciences that deal with the earth and to this end, the list is long – geology, mineralogy, paleontology, stratigraphy etc.

Talking of how geosciences, used in the context of development has brought about positive and sustainable change, the earth is the foundation upon which development depends. Development is either driven by resources from the earth or by land as a resource like in the case of agriculture. Success of a development process and sustainability of the same requires meticulous intervention of a geoscientist to define the balance between society’s demand for these resources, their sustainable use and need to sustain healthy ecosystems.

Success stories of how geosciences have played a fundamental role in development dates back to many years ago. In the early 1930s, a small village in western Kenya was the scene of a gold rush fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson. In its place now, we have a beautiful town called Kakamega which is the economic hub of the region. Elsewhere, gold has transformed South Africa and its commercial hub Egoli – the city of gold to a heaven for gold diggers and investors to its undisputed status as the continental economic heavy weight – thanks to geoscientists.

Water has brought happiness to these women (Hudson Wereh Shiraku)
If there is no water due to drought, children will miss school because they must help their mothers to fetch water. One can only imagine what implication this has to development but thanks to hydrologists, children from a village in Maralal in Northern Kenya won’t miss school again for this reason. Under the auspices of an international non-government organization (NGO), this class of geoscientists has worked tirelessly to indentify underground water sources and avail water to local communities.

Courtesy of geoscientists, Kenya is tapping into geothermal energy and generating electricity. With the potential of 2000 MW, there is a total of 127 MW installed capacity and the plant meets 11% of the total national electricity supply (MoE, 2008). As a result, geothermal use in Kenya has led to significant socio-economic benefits for the country; a workforce of 493 persons is deployed at the Olkaria power stations considerably contributing to poverty reduction. In Naivasha, a geothermal heat resource is being used in a horticultural farm to control night-time humidity levels in order to reduce the incidence of fungal diseases – a successful instance where Geoscience has drawn from other fields to create a positive change.

Away from home, geothermal power has also been successfully exploited in northern African countries, using geothermal fluid for irrigation of oases as well as heating and irrigation of greenhouses. 

In Israel, the fact that agricultural production continues to grow despite severe water and land limitations is no accident. It is due to a close and ongoing cooperation between researchers, extension workers, farmers and agriculture-related services and industries. Geoscience has been tapped into by agriculture to ensure availability of water and suitable soils for farming.  

Finally, in Kenya we have what has been humorously referred to as “Oil Mania”. Kenyans have run a mock with oil exploration all over the country since oil was recently discovered in the north western town of Turkana. Though we have to wait for some studies to determine its economic feasibility, prospects are high and surely geoscience is an important ingredient of development.

In view of all these success stories, what would my neighbor who threatened to disown his son for wanting to pursue a course in geology against his wish for an educational course do? I suppose he would cover his face in shame.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Given the recent concerns about the global agricultural production systems and dwindling food supplies, there are renewed calls for developing productive as well as environmentally sustainable agroecosystems. In this regard, a High Level Roundtable on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture was held in New York from 15th to 16th March 2012 with the purpose of deriving effective actions towards the implementation of ecologically, socially and economically sustainable agricultural and Food Systems....................................

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Friday, April 20, 2012

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Growing up in in my rural village, I remember owning a phone was reserved for a few individuals - the village elite who could maintain it 'buy airtime'. I remember my uncle warning me against buying a phone from the savings I accrued from burning and selling charcoal (Before I realized the need for conserving tree). "A mobile phone will eat all your money" he told me. To drive the point home, he told me that unlike human beings who runs on ugali served with vegetables, phones will always need money in them in form of airtime and that they devours it faster than one earns. He then advised me to wait until am "rich" before I could afford to buy and maintain one.

"An increase in mobile penetration can raise the annual GDP rate in developing countries" Was a headline in one daily. Without looking at the content, my mind went back to what my late uncle told me and what am going through as a phone owner. In the context of my late uncle, this headline does not hold true but its no basis for dismissing. So the question is, what are the necessary conditions for this headline to be true? Leave your comments please

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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The first African Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Youth Employment, Human Capital Development and Inclusive Growth has concluded with ministers announcing a range of resolutions to harness ST&I for sustainable development.
Initiatives to solve societal problems in areas such as water, health, information and communication technologies (ICTs), renewable energy and agriculture were also agreed at yesterday's ministerial meeting, attended by  57 government ministers with responsibility for science, technology and innovation,finance, planning and education.
They pledged to use ST&I as a driver for inclusive growth and youth empowerment, with a focus on entrepreneurship, through strengthened support for innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Read more here...African ministers reaffirm ST&I commitments - SciDev.Net

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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If an important decision looms but your mind is consumed with the fear that you’ve lost your wallet, better save decision making for later. Multiple studies show that stress significantly affects decision making.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Year in, year out, at the onset of every rainy season, Mr James Wanje, a Busia district resident, used to prepare his land for planting. With the help of family labour, the 34-year-old would plough their two-and-a-half-acre piece of land and thereafter sow various food crops.

“I planted maize on about one-and-a-half-acres of the land and other crops on the remaining piece. I used most of the harvest for my subsistence and would later sell some,” Mr Wanje recounted last week.

However, times have changed. Today, as rain clouds gather for another season, Mr Wanje cares less about tilling his farm or planting. He is busy all day long ferrying customers to various destinations using his bodaboda.

His drastic change of livelihood is mirrored by hundreds of young men in rural Kenya who have swapped farming for motorbike business.

The bodaboda industry is fast growing and is believed to be lucrative. It has attracted many young men all over the country, many of whom were engaging in agriculture.

Unfortunately, this has caused a worrisome trend, especially in rural areas, as it is the elderly who now till the land to feed their folk.

This pattern has raised the eyebrows of agricultural experts, who believe that motorbikes harbour a potential threat to food production in Kenya.
Like in other African countries, agriculture is the nerve centre of Kenya’s economy.

Currently, the country relies heavily on food imports from its neighbours in East and Southern Africa. Economic analysts blame sky-high prices of food for last year’s decline in value of the shilling against world currencies, where the local unit sunk to a historic low of 107 to the dollar in October.

A ministry of Agriculture report in January shows that Kenya intends to import over 600,000 bags of maize by June.

“Many youths are no longer interested in farming because there are readily available jobs and quick money in bodaboda business,” said Mr Mark Naimo, an agricultural extension officer in Western Kenya.

First, many youths are selling land inherited from their parents to buy motorbikes. And, second, others have shunned agriculture to seek jobs in the transport industry.

“Since most youths cannot afford about $1,050 (Sh87,360), which is the average price of a motorbike, they turn to land, the only resource available to them, and readily dispose it to buy the two-wheelers,” Mr Naimo said.

He noted that land sizes in most parts of rural Kenya are shrinking fast because of subdivisions. “I sold an acre of my land at $3,700 (Sh307,840) and used part of the money to buy two motorbikes at $1,070 (Sh89,000) each. I have employed someone to run one as I ferry people with the other,” said Mr Wanje. He now has just one-and-a-half-acre piece of land.

Mr Naimo says many youths lack patience — a virtue that agriculture demands. Erratic weather patterns have also weighed in, pushing young people to alternative sources of income.

Monday, March 5, 2012

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I thought you might be interested.......................

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Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the Internet.