Time for Rugby

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 September 2019 > Ready to Use

The Rugby World Cup, taking place in Japan 20 September to 2 November is always a good opportunity to review English-speaking countries, since most of the leading teams are from Commonwealth nations. This A2/A2+ level article and audio dialogue can be can also be tied in to a unit reviewing hobbies, or used in conjunction … Continue reading “Time for Rugby”

Downton Abbey

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 September 2019 > Ready to Use

This document aims to allow you to work on the trailer of the upcoming movie Downton Abbey at a B1 level. Downton Abbey was originally a British historical period drama television series that aired from 2010 to 2015. It was set as a fiction based in a historical landscape between 1912 and 1926, in the … Continue reading “Downton Abbey”

On Route 66 Poster

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 August 2019 > Ready to Use

Celebrate the Mother Road festival in September with this illustrated Route 66 poster has lots of interesting landmarks to be found along “American’s Main Street”. You can download it for class use.   To download the poster, just click on the link below.

Rip van Winkle

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 July 2019 > Ready to Use

This A2 activity is based on a short presentation of Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle,  which was first published in 1819, two hundred years ago. Although it was inspired by a German traditional story, Irving gave it a clearly American context as the eponymous Van Winkle magically falls asleep for 20 years, completely … Continue reading “Rip van Winkle”

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”

Rockwell, Roosevelt and Freedom

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 June 2019 > Ready to Use

This B1-level article will introduce your pupils to the Rockwell and Roosevelt Four Freedoms Exhibition (Caen Mémorial, June-October 2019). It focuses and expands on a very specific passage from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union speech delivered in January 1941 in which he put an emphasis on freedom, or rather freedoms: freedom from fear, … Continue reading “Rockwell, Roosevelt and Freedom”

The Mouse Mansion

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 26 June 2019 > Ready to Use

“The Mouse Mansion” is a sequence for 6e pupils based on the children’s book of the same name by Karina Schaapman, and on the DIY video tutorials on her website. Author and artist Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion, an elaborate doll’s house, out of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché, and writes books … Continue reading “The Mouse Mansion”

Becoming Michelle Obama

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 26 April 2019 > Ready to Use

The release of the former First Lady’s memoir and her accompanying conference tour is a great occasion for pupils to learn more about her biography, and about the role of the First Lady, which  Patricia Nixon (First Lady from 1969 to 1974) described it as “the hardest unpaid job in the world”. This article gives … Continue reading “Becoming Michelle Obama”

Indigenous Rap: Young Australian of the Year

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 21 May 2019 > Ready to Use

Every year on Australia Day, 26 January, the country honours the Australians of the Year: citizens who have made a major contribution to making other people’s lives better. This year’s Young Australian of the Year is Danzal Baker, alias Baker Boy, a 22-year-old Indigenous Australian who raps in three languages. As well as achieving success … Continue reading “Indigenous Rap: Young Australian of the Year”