Beauty and the Beast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 24 March 2017 > Ready to Use

In this A2-level article your students will read about the latest musical featuring the well-known characters of Beauty and the Beast. They will probably have seen the animated film on which this version is based when they were younger, but may not be familiar with the unfolding of the plot. The parallel drawn here between … Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast”

Hidden Figures in the Space Race

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

In this B1-level article, your students will learn how a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used their talents to help NASA launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Even if Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white colleagues, the black women of Langley’s group contributed to America’s … Continue reading “Hidden Figures in the Space Race”

The Face of Money: U.S. Banknotes Get a New Look

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 20 February 2017 > Ready to Use

This A2-level article will enable your pupils to understand the historical significance of portraits on American banknotes, and to compare with other currencies. The presentation of new notes featuring Harriet Tubman and other African-American and women’s suffrage activists includes suggestions for  an EPI with history. Vocabulary and structures Verb forms: verb tenses: simple past and … Continue reading “The Face of Money: U.S. Banknotes Get a New Look”

Red Nose Day

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

This A1+-level article will introduce your pupils to an important and fun British charity event that involves many children across the United Kingdom: Red Nose Day. This fundraising event takes place every second year. In 2017, it is on 24 March. Vocabulary and Structures Numbers: important amounts and dates Vocabulary: lexical field around the word … Continue reading “Red Nose Day”

Sing: Animals Have Got Talent

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 06 January 2017 > Ready to Use

In this A1 towards A2 article, your students will read about Sing (Tous en scène), the recent American computer-animated musical directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Illumination Entertainment, with the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson among other famous actors. Set in a world inhabited only by animals, it centres around a music … Continue reading “Sing: Animals Have Got Talent”

Valentine’s Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 03 February 2017 > Ready to Use

This A1+-level article will shed perhaps a different light on what your pupils think of Valentine’s Day in the U.S.A and in the U.K. The audio activity distinguishing kind and mean messages in Valentine’s poems fits into the media education and citizenship curriculum. Vocabulary and structures friendship, love simple present simple past: irregular verbs rhymes … Continue reading “Valentine’s Day”

President Trump Profile

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 November 2016 > Ready to Use

These articles about the President-elect of the United States will enable students to say what they already know about Donald Trump and the American election and will provide enough new information to trigger interest. They will serve as a basis for speaking and writing activities as well as interaction. There are two articles and corresponding … Continue reading “President Trump Profile”

Australia

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 August 2016 > Ready to Use

This easy A1+ article will introduce your pupils to one of the largest, but most sparsely populated, English-speaking countries: Australia. It includes geographical details and a map, and elements about symbols, institutions, landmarks and population. It is accompanied by teaching activities and an audio quiz.   Vocabulary and structures be there is/are locating compass points … Continue reading “Australia”

Memory Interview

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 15 December 2016 > Ready to Use

In this audio interview, actress Kathryn Hunter discusses her role in Peter Brooks’ play The Valley of Astonishment: Sammy Costas, a mnemonist who can remember large quantities of numbers and text. The play is based on the real experiences of patients described by Dr Oliver Sacks. The extract tackles both the theme of memory and … Continue reading “Memory Interview”