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In and out of the Valley

Unit 1
1 • Identities and exchanges

In and out of the Valley

Is the US still an intellectual Promised Land for immigrants?

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

A mural by Banksy in Calais.

Get ready!

a. Look at the vocabulary boxes below.

b. Find a title for each box, then complete with other words (you can find them in the rest of the unit).

Look at the picture. What and who does it represent? What is the link with the topic “Brain Drain”?
Tip: Use as much vocabulary from the vocabulary boxes and the toolbox as possible.

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Watch the video. Explain what the Brain Drain is.
Workbook p. 4

Discuss the brainstorming questions. Do you know any famous intellectuals who migrated to the US?

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, rephrase it in your own words and give examples.

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  • intellectual /ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃuəl/ (adj.)
  • developed /dɪˈvɛləpt/ ≠ developing countries (n.)
  • educated /ˈɛdʒʊˌkeɪtɪd/ people (n.)
  • immigrant ≠ refugee /ˌrɛfjuːˈdʒiː/ (n.)
  • skilled workers (n.)
  • flee / escape from (v.)
  • migrate /ˌmaɪˈgreɪt/ from… to… (v.)
  • seek asylum /əˈsaɪləm/ / take refuge (v.)

Let's learn!

Vocabulary challenge

  • Memorize as many words as possible from this double page in two minutes.
  • Compete with your classmate: write in turn on a piece of paper all the words you can remember in one minute.

  • Best both brain drain

    IDIOM of the week!

    The best of both worlds

    The best of both worlds

    A situation in which you can enjoy the advantages of two very different things at the same time.

    Brainstorming question

    What type of immigration does Brain Drain refer to?
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    Brainstorming question

    Where do these immigrants come from?
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    Brainstorming question

    What are they looking for?
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    US Brain Drain

    US Brain Drain

    • foreigner /ˈfɒrɪnə/ (n.)
    • green card (n.)
    • H1B visa (n.)
    • immigrant (n.)
    • migration (n.)
    • PHD /ˌpiː ˌɛɪtʃˈ ˈdiː/ (n.)
    • travel ban (n.)

    • educated (adj.)
    • gifted (adj.)
    • graduated /ˈgrædʒuˌɛɪtɪd/ (adj.)
    • learned /ˈlɜːnɪd/ (adj.)
    • prestigious ˌ/prɛˈstɪdʒəs/ (adj.)

    • actors (n.)
    • artists (n.)
    • filmmakers (n.)
    • researchers (n.)
    • scholars (n.)
    • scientists /ˈsaɪəntɪsts/ (n.)
    • singers /ˈsɪŋəz/ (n.)

    • return / leave (v.)
    • flee from (v.)
    • get a job (v.)
    • head home (v.)
    • move to (v.)
    • settle down (v.)
    • study (v.)
    • take a shot at (v.)
    • take their chances (v.)

    • paradoxical /ˌpærəˈdɒksɪkəl/ (adj.)
    • advantages /ədˈvɑːntɪdʒɪz/ ≠ drawbacks /ˈdrɔːbæks/ (n.)
    • pros and cons (n.)
    • upsides and downsides (n.)
    • brain drain ≠ brain gain (n.)

    • American Dream (n.)
    • booming economy (n.)
    • Dream Land (n.)
    • Eldorado (n.)
    • heaven / paradise (n.)
    • land of opportunity (n.)
    • Promised Land (n.)
    • make it / succeed (v.)

    On your way to the task - Step 1

    Interview a famous immigrant.

    Step 2

    Tweet your reaction.

    Step 3

    Write an article for Time magazine.

    Your final project

    After reading about Brain Drain immigration in the US, you feel like reacting.
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