Commonwealth Games

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 06 April 2018 > Ready to Use

The four-yearly Commonwealth Games are taking place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 4 to 15 April. In this A1+ article, your pupils will learn some basic facts about the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Games and Australia. They will compare the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, and learn the names of some sports like netball, which … Continue reading “Commonwealth Games”

Martin Luther King Slideshow

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Civil-rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on 4 April 1968. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of King’s death, this B1 sequence will allow pupils to explore his life and legacy. After briefly sharing what they already know about this inspiring figure, students will watch a video and learn more … Continue reading “Martin Luther King Slideshow”

Arctic Mystery

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 March 2018 > Ready to Use

This B1 article will allow pupils to discover the mysterious disappearance of the 1845 Franklin Expedition to find the North-West passage, and the subsequent search expeditions and forensic archaeology which has begun to provide answers. Grammar past simple of regular verbs + some irregular verbs.  Vocabulary ships and the sea. the Arctic. science, archaeology, forensics … Continue reading “Arctic Mystery”

What’s in the News?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 22 March 2018 > Ready to Use

This worksheet is based on an article which can be labelled A2+ as far as understanding is concerned, but the final writing activity should target B1 for a good number of students. Therefore, we suggest starting with easy activities to engage everyone in the class and gradually move on to more demanding work. It is … Continue reading “What’s in the News?”

Polar Adventurer

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 March 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1+ document is about teenage Australian adventurer Jade Hameister, whose dream came true in January 2018 when she completed the third challenge in the polar hat-trick, becoming the youngest person to ski to both Poles and Greenland. Interestingly, although we can expect her to be considered a superhero by A1+ students, she insists on … Continue reading “Polar Adventurer”

Stephen Hawking: a Unique Scientist

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 14 March 2018 > Ready to Use

On the occasion of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking, we’ve updated this B1-level article, which we published for his 75th birthday in 2017.  Students will learn about Hawking, one of Britain’s most famous scientists, who had a brilliant career in spite of a terrible neurological disease. The film The Theory of Everything , released … Continue reading “Stephen Hawking: a Unique Scientist”

Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 12 January 2018 > Ready to Use

Darkest Hour, a new award-winning film about Winston Churchill’s role as Britain’s WW2 Prime Minister, gives an excellent opportunity to work on this historical figure and historical period with pupils at B1 level. The resource and the film focus on some of Churchill’s most famous speeches and their morale-boosting effect. The theme  can be related … Continue reading “Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour”

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”

Murder on the Orient Express

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 December 2017 > Ready to Use

Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most popular detective novels by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. A new film version with an all-star cast will allow your pupils to discover the story and explore the iconic detective Hercule Poirot with an article and worksheet at A2-A2+ level. They will practise expressing … Continue reading “Murder on the Orient Express”

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”