Musicals

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 December 2018 > Ready to Use

This A2 article about musicals and the tradition of high school performances in the USA should be of particular interest to those among your students who may have seen the exhibition in Paris, but also to any student with a taste for films or music. As usual, the document is but a starting point for … Continue reading “Musicals”

How to Make Christmas Crackers

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This A1+ resource about this British Christmas tradition uses a “how to” video downloadable free from the Banque de ressources numériques éducatives anglais cycle 4 to work on language and finish up with a practical, arts and crafts activity making actual crackers. Vocabulary and structures understanding instructions Christmas vocabulary crafts vocabulary: scissors, sellotape, wrapping paper, … Continue reading “How to Make Christmas Crackers”

Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

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The new biopic about Oscar Wilde’s final years after leaving prison takes its ironic title from one of the children’s stories he wrote for his sons. The film, written, directed and starring Rupert Everett has a wonderful supporting cast (Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson.) This B2 downloadable resource includes work on an article about … Continue reading “Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince”

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”

The New Face of Congress

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 December 2018 > Ready to Use

A young Latina woman from the Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shatters our traditional vision of Congressional Representatives. This article explores her life, both private and public, from the Bronx to Washington, D.C. after the recent midterm elections: how can “one of us” sit in Congress at barely 29 and champion the average working class person’s rights? … Continue reading “The New Face of Congress”

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”

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”