St Andrews Day Online Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 November 2016 > Webpicks

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, is the Scottish national day. Here are a couple of resources to talk about the celebration with collège classes, and a suggestion to get everyone moving! This BBC Newsround article written for children has “Everything you need to know about St Andrew’s Day”. It’s usable from A2. You may want … Continue reading “St Andrews Day Online Resources”

Taylor Swift: Reputation

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 November 2017 > Ready to Use

A new album by one of the most popular singer-songwriters in the world is big news. And the themes of Taylor Swift’s album Reputation is a great opportunity to discuss rumours, bullying and online security with your pupils. In this A2 article, some of your students will learn about Taylor Swift, while others will probably … Continue reading “Taylor Swift: Reputation”

Blood Manor: Halloween House

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 October 2017 > Ready to Use

This spooky A1+ audio activity is an original way to celebrate Halloween. The scene is Blood Manor, a haunted house attraction in New York. There are lots of ghoulish sound effects. And pupils will be asked to practise listening for and producing “H” sounds (and also focus on when not to add a “phantom H” … Continue reading “Blood Manor: Halloween House”

Teaching with Irving Penn’s Photography

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 September 2017 > Webpicks

The Irving Penn exhibition opening at Paris’s Grand Palais was shown in New York’s Metropolitan Museum this spring. The Met’s site has interesting videos and audio guides in English made to accompany the exhibition and which are useful teaching tools. The Grand Palais site has a teaching pack you can download giving you background information … Continue reading “Teaching with Irving Penn’s Photography”

School of the Air in Australia

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 August 2017 > Ready to Use

In this A2 article your students will discover the special distance-learning schools which provide classes for children in the Australian Outback who live hundreds or even thousands of kilometres from the nearest school. We suggest going further with two downloadable short videos. For full listening-comprehension they require a B1 level, but there is plenty that … Continue reading “School of the Air in Australia”

Emoji Video and Audio Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 18 October 2017 > Webpicks

If you are using our Ready to Use Resource on the Emoji Movie to work on emojis, smileys and emotions, these audio and video activities would make an excellent complement. You can access or download them on the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. As an introductory listening activity, you could use an A1+-level audio … Continue reading “Emoji Video and Audio Resources”

Emoji Time

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 17 October 2017 > Ready to Use

This A2 article is based on The Emoji Movie released on 18 October. Gene is an emoji who lives in Textopolis, a digital city inside a smartphone. While all other emojis express only one emotion, he can make ‘the wrong face’ because he was born without a filter, and he is desperate to become ‘normal’. … Continue reading “Emoji Time”

Little Rock School Integration Videos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 26 September 2017 > Webpicks

2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the a major landmark in ending school segregation in the U.S.A.: when nine courageous black students braved screaming mobs, police and troops to gain access to Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Both the National Parks Service Visitors’ Center on the site, and the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial have … Continue reading “Little Rock School Integration Videos”