"You may fool all the people some of the time,
you can even fool some of the people all of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."

Abraham Lincoln


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Facts Songs
Idioms Timelines
Interactive exercises Videos
Interactive games Vocabulary
Lesson plans Webquests

(Updated on 30/03/2011)


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Vocabulary :


  • Diplomatic immunity 
    "is a form of legal immunity and a policy held between governments that ensures that diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country's laws (although they can be expelled)..."

  • Hung parliament
    "Under a parliamentary system of government, a hung parliament (also known as a minority parliament, a balanced parliament or a parliament under no overall control) is a legislature in which no political party has an absolute majority of seats."


  • politics - Listen to the pronunciation. (
    = 1 a: the art or science of government
    b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
    c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
    2: political actions, practices, or policies...
  • policy - Listen to the pronunciation. (
    1 a: prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs
    b: management or procedure based primarily on material interest
    2 a: a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions
    b: a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body
  • Formes de gouvernenment - vocabulaire (anglais / français) :

    (Ac. Aix-Marseille)



Timelines :

  • A Clickable Timeline: Democracy's rocky road
    "BBC News compiles a timeline of some of the key events in the evolution of the political system, from its earliest beginnings in Mesopotamia
    (modern Iraq) in 4000BC.
    Find out how democracy has spread around the world, through advances such as Magna Carta and universal suffrage,
    but succumbed to setbacks such as Hitler's Germany and the suppression of 20th century pro-democracy movements.




Facts :

  • 10 things about extradition
    "The Edward Snowden affair shows how complicated the international web of extradition treaties is. Here are 10 quirks of the system."


  • G8 - June 17–18, 2013 : Host country : United Kingdom - Host leader : David Cameron - Location held : Lough ErneCounty Fermanagh[56]
  • G8 world leaders line up for family photo - 18 June 2013
    "World leaders meeting at the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland have posed for the traditional ''family photo.''
    Jane Hill described the traditional group photo where the eight leaders were joined by leaders from the European Union."


    The Group of Eight (G8)
    "is a forum for the governments of eight of the world's eleven wealthiest countries, not including Brazil 6th, India 9th and China 2nd [1]."


    Russia issues warning on Syria as G8 gathers for summit - Article + Video - 17 June 2013
    "World leaders have gathered in Northern Ireland for a G8 summit set to be dominated by the conflict in Syria."
    + G8: What is on the agenda?
    + G8 facts

    Behind the scenes at G8 summit hotel - 14 June 2013
    "Final preparations are being made at Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, ahead of next week's G8 summit.
    The five-star hotel and golf resort will host two days of talks between the leaders of the UK, US, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Italy and Russia, as well as representatives of the EU.
    From the conference room to the kitchen, Chris Buckler went behind the scenes at Lough Erne to get a sense of what awaits the global leaders."

  • Strauss-Kahn faces tough routine at Rikers Island jail
    "In only two days, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has moved from a $3,000-a-night penthouse suite to a cell -  in cell on his own - in one of America's most notorious prisons...
    The Rikers jail complex sits on a 400-acre (1.65 sq km) island on the East River, near LaGuardia airport, between the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.
    Rikers Island is a chaotic maze of cells, holding some 11,000 inmates, many pending trial.
    It includes some 10 separate jails where prisoners are segregated by gender and age."

    + a video (




  • Some pictures may be shocking for kids.

    "a politics-junkie and news-hound, with a thing for lego... Human rights abuses and real events in the world are recreated in lego."



    • Union for the Med - a blank map (Wikipedia)

    • Mediterranean Union is launched - 13 July 2008
      "French President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a new international body with 43 member nations aimed at ending conflict in the Middle East...
      The Union for the Mediterranean will tackle issues such as regional unrest, immigration to pollution."


    • Union for the Mediterranean
      = "a community of European Union member states and other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea established on 13 July 2008 by French President Nicolas Sarkozy."

Listening :


  • French strike
    Second montage, sur le BILAN de la journée du 18 octobre
    "pour un repérage des formes verbales et aspects,
    et incidemment des formes faibles"
    + fiche d'aide

    (Jean Sabiron - Ac. Poitiers)



INTERACTIVE exercises :

Lesson plans :


Webquests :



Idioms :

  • Political Idioms: What Did He Say? - Text + Audio - 27 December 2015
    "Some of these idioms can only be understood by those who know American English.
    If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates are saying.
    Part two of our occasional series on American political idioms."

  • What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns - Text + Audio - 17 October 2015
    "Presidential candidates and the political journalists who report on their actions use many idioms and expressions that may only be understood by speakers of American English. If you don’t know what these words and phrases mean, it is difficult to know what the candidates and reporters are saying."



Comic strip / Cartoons :



Cartoon: Great Political Speeches
"This cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times relates
to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's long-awaited speech
on "the future of the EU and the UK's relationship with it",
which is now set to take place on Friday..."



Cartoon: Pitiless, Helpless, Clueless
"This cartoon by Schrank from 
The Independent on Sunday relates to
the ongoing conflict in Libya..."




Cartoon: Happy New Year
"This cartoon by Garland from 
The Telegraph portrays world leaders,
UK politicians (and Julian Assange)
as circus acts.
A nice metaphor for the uncertain year
which awaits us all."



Hung parliament


The truth


- cartoons



More or less ?



It's No Laughing Matter
- Analizing political cartoons
"Use this interactive activity
to take apart real-world cartoons
as you learn how to spot the methods
behind the message."



A 12-strip Vocons® vocabulary
comic strip story
to celebrate
regional and national fall elections.
"The 12 election-related vocabulary
words tell the story of the Candidate
Sam Campaign."

with activities : [Crosswords] [Word Find]
[Fill-in-Blanks] [Matching] [Word story]

Searchable database of political cartoons
by the best editorial cartoonists in the world
- "and all of these cartoons are available
for you to reprint."



Weapons of Mass Destruction



Editorial Cartoons
+ Teacher's Guide (
"We have developed lesson plans for using the editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in Social Sciences, Art, Journalism and English at all levels."
"Teacher's are welcome to print these cartoons out for use in their classrooms --you dont have to ask for permission."




Posters / Pictures :


Animations / Videos :

  • Dog whistles: The secret language politicians are using - VIDEO (contains very strong language!) - 28 January 2019
    Politicians are using coded language to "manipulate people" into making decisions they wouldn't normally be "morally comfortable with," a political language expert has told the BBC.
    This kind of political message – which only a particular target audience is meant to understand – is known as a "dog whistle," Professor Jennifer says.
    Some have claimed these tactics were used to make people think Barack Obama was a foreigner. Others said UKIP's "Breaking Point" poster was a racist dog whistle.
    So how does it work?"


  • Speaking Frog: Videos of Famous Speeches
    Speaking Frog is "a site which features videos and transcripts of speeches by famous people, past and present, real and fictional.
    The nice thing about the site is that the videos and transcripts are presented side by side, so that you can read the transcript, or refer to it, as you watch...."

    + LINKS + Related articles





Songs :