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Les WC / Les TOILETTES

The TOILET / The BATHROOM (US)

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Les TOILETTES PUBLIQUES

The PUBLIC LAVATORY or CONVENIENCES (GB)

The RESTROOM (US)


Activities to print Listening
Animations Pictures
Cartoons Signs
Facts Songs
Humour Videos
Interactive exercises Vocabulary
Lesson plans  

(Updated on 25/10/2016)

 


Related pages :

Pet poo
The bathroom

 

 

VOCABULARY :

to go to the toilet aller aux toilettes
Where's the toilet ? / Where's the restroom ? (US) Où sont les toilettes ? (dans un lieu public)
Where's the ladies' room ? / the ladies ? (GB) Où sont les toilettes ? (pour femmes)
Where's the men's room / the gents ? (GB) Où sont les toilettes ? (pour hommes)

  • Toilet - with examples
    1 [countable] a large bowl attached to a pipe that you sit on or stand over when you get rid of waste matter from your body
    2 (British English) (North American English bathroom) [countable] a room containing a toilet
    3 (British English) [countable] (also toilets [plural]) a room or small building containing several toilets, each in a separate smaller room
    4 [uncountable] (old-fashioned) the process of washing and dressing yourself, arranging your hair, etc.

    (oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com)

 

 

PICTURES :


Toilets around the world - PHOTOS - 19 November 2015
"To mark United Nations World Toilet Day on 19 November,
photographers from Reuters have taken pictures in cities,
towns and villages around the globe, such as this one in the middle
of an empty field on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile."

(BBC)

 


World's craziest toilet bowls
- a slideshow

(cbsnews.com)

 

 

See Facts

 


engaged

 

Toilet brush set

Toilet paper
(clipart.com)


Hot air hand dryer
(bellbrush.com)

 

Toilet seat
(strangeharvest.com)

(no link)


Spend a penny

 

Occupied


Public urinal

(thetravelingmogridges.files.wordpress.com)

 

Flush toilet
(answers.com)

Squat toilet

 

 

FACTS :

 

  • Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispenser - with photos - 21 March 2017
    "A local news investigation caught nearby park residents visiting the public restroom multiple times a day to stuff their bags with as much free toilet paper as they can snatch.
    Tired of having to spend so much money on toilet paper, the local authorities decided to employ a high tech solution: they've installed facial recognition scanners to the toilet paper dispensers. "

    (neatorama.com)

  • Gold Toilet Revealed at NYC Museum - Text + Audio - 16 September 2016
    "If you have ever wanted to use a toilet made of pure gold, now is your chance.
    New York’s famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has set up a working 18-carat gold toilet in one of its washrooms.
    The device, like a piece of art, even has a name. It is called “America."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • New Zealand toilets feature road crash maps - 26 January 2016
    "Maps showing the sites of traffic collisions are being hung in public toilets in New Zealand as part of a road safety campaign aimed at foreigners."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Toilet paper brand wipes out forests and endangered species
    "An investigation released today reveals that Auckland based company Cottonsoft is sourcing its toilet paper from rainforests in Indonesia, home of the critically-endangered Sumatran tiger.
    The evidence is the result of an eight-month investigation by Greenpeace, the Green Party and WWF-New Zealand into exactly where the toilet paper sold by New Zealand retailers originates from...
    The destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests is one of the main threats to the survival of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, only 400 of which are estimated to remain in the wild. "

    (wwf.panda.org)



    + Consumer guide to rainforest friendly toilet paper

 

  • Taiwan city offers to turn dog poo into gold
    "A city in northern Taiwan is trying the Midas touch to persuade reluctant residents to clean up after their canines:
    offering a chance to win gold bars to anyone handing in bags of doggy deposits...
    The prizes: three gold ingots worth T$60,000 ($2,100), T$18,000 and T$12,000."

    (reuters.com)
  • WASHROOM SIGNS :

    • Women’s and men’s washrooms
      "Washroom signs are very telling of the way societies construct gender... A typology and analysis of various washroom signs." 

      (thesocietypages.org)

 

  • Victorian loos get revamp
    "A Victorian toilet block gets a revamp as part of restoration work of Grade II listed building."

    (BBC)


  • The art of the toilet in Japan (BBC)
    "Duncan Bartlett discovers how, when it comes to lavatories, Japan is a step ahead of the rest of the world.
    No country takes toilets quite so seriously as Japan..."
  • Toilet (Wikipedia)
    1 Types of toilets 2 Grey water 3 History 4 Etymology 5 Culture 6 Toilet paper security 7 How Toilet Cisterns Work
    8 How they're made 9 How to look after them 10 Manufacturers...
  • How public toilets became an inconvenience (BBC)
    "It is 150 years since the first public toilet was opened in the UK. Yet in many parts of the country, this most appreciated of civic facilities is in danger of extinction."

 

 

LISTENING :

  • Toilet Summit in Singapore (19 November 2001)
    "Summary: Delegates from all over the world will be attending a three day toilet conference in Singapore. This report from Clive Myrie."
    Difficult words are explained.

    (BBC)


INTERACTIVE EXERCISES :

  • Who Pooped? - interactive to teach about animals.
    "One way scientists learn about animals is by studying their poop - also called “scat” or "dung."
    Let’s look at some animal poop and see if you can guess who left it behind."

    From The Minnesota Zoo.
    With sound!
    (whopooped.org)

 

 

ACTIVITIES TO PRINT :

 

LESSON PLANS :

  • Paper is not dead! - a lesson plan
    "This lesson plan is designed around a TV commercial and the themes of paper, iPads and technology.
    Students practise writing and speaking and use the infinitive to express purpose, and vocabulary related to technology."

    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper intermediate (B2)
    Time: 60 minutes

    (film-english.com)

 

  • ''Toilet theme park'' opens in S. Korea (November 11, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A city in South Korea has added a new attraction to its cultural landscape - the world's first ''toilet theme park'' - the Restroom Cultural Park in Suwon."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

World's first toilet theme park' opens in South Korea (YouTube) + Article (BBC)

 

 

HUMOUR :

  • Toilets

 

 

SIGNS :




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CARTOONS :


 

The dog in the street

 

A cat looking at a freshly raked seed bed
in a garden
and thinking of using it as a cat toilet


 

Out of order
(newciv.org)



Didn't wash hands

(2.bp.blogspot.com)

 


Toilet attendants

(cartoonstock.com)

 


Toilets in the park



 

 

ANIMATIONS / VIDEOS :

 

 

 

  • Bid for more beach toilets in Adelaide, Australia - 20 August 2012
    "A politician and a radio star were among those who came together to protest against a lack on toilets at an Adelaide beach.
    The artist who organised the human installation, Andrew Baines, said he was trying to take the issue to the wider community..."

    (BBC)

    Australian beachgoers drop their trousers for toilet protest - ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "Protesters dressed in bowler hats and black suits stage a sit in on toilets an Adelaide beach, protesting the public facilities in the area."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • A Men's Room Monologue
    "A funny animated movie about the various problems involved in using a public men's bathroom."
    (YouTube)

 

 

SONGS :