The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1+ level article is an opportunity to introduce Christmas from the perspective of the up-coming release of the new version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!”, one of the much-loved books by The Cat in the Hat author Dr Seuss. Vocabulary: Christmas emotions months locating expressions Grammar: simple present and preterite the indefinite article … Continue reading “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

They Shall not Grow Old Film: Bringing WWI to Life

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 31 October 2018 > Ready to Use

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Peter Jackson has restored old black-and-white archive footage of British servicemen’s life in training and in the trenches. He has colourised it, and has asked lip-readers to help dub in what the soldiers were actually saying. The title he gave to the film … Continue reading “They Shall not Grow Old Film: Bringing WWI to Life”

Suffragettes Interview

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 19 November 2018 > Ready to Use

2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 law which gave some British women the right to vote in parliamentary elections for the first time. Dr Helen Pankhurst has particular insight into this subject, not just as an academic but as the great-granddaughter and granddaughter of Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst, two of the leaders of the … Continue reading “Suffragettes Interview”

Brexit

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 September 2018 > Ready to Use

This B1-level article will introduce your students to the British political system. They will most probably have heard about  Brexit, but will need to understand why the referendum was decided by David Cameron, how British Prime Ministers come to power and what the exit process involves. We’ve updated this resource to autumn 2018. This would … Continue reading “Brexit”

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 September 2018 > Ready to Use

The “Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing” exhibition to be held at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), originally organized by the Oakland Museum of California, encompasses Lange’s major works including (of course) the iconic “Migrant Mother” and well known documentary photographs taken during the Great Depression for the Farm … Continue reading “Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing”

First Man

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 16 October 2018 > Ready to Use

A new film, First Man, released a few months before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings gives an opportunity to look back at a discreet man who marked 20th century history.  This B1+-B2 resource about Neil Armstrong’s mission offers an insight into the race to the Moon. Not only does it focus … Continue reading “First Man”

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 28 September 2018 > Ready to Use

The House with a Clock in its Walls is a new film adapted from a classic of American children’s literature. This sequence uses one of the film’s trailers to work on Halloween vocabulary and revise clothes vocabulary with A1+ students. Language and structures : a/an plural of nouns pronunciation of the plural “s” ending invariable adjectives … Continue reading “The House with a Clock in its Walls”

The People’s Portrait

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 August 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1 plus-level article deals with a special piece of art in Greater London, linked to the iconic Queen Elizabeth II. The theme will enable pupils to review personal descriptions as well as the preterite and participate to a fun writing contest, coming very soon. Language points: Vocabulary: British monarchy, family members, adjectives of personality … Continue reading “The People’s Portrait”

Protesting for Change

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > Ready to Use

Get ahead for the new school year! This A2+-level article can be used in parallel with the warm-up activities implemented at the beginning of the school year, as it deals with the Pledge of Allegiance in every school in the U.S.A, as a daily patriotic ritual, as well as recent protests against the national anthem at … Continue reading “Protesting for Change”