Pancake Day Digital Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 05 March 2019 > Webpicks

If you’re looking for videos on Pancake Day (AKA Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday), or Easter, come this way! There are two A1+-level  videos  with interactive comprehension activities about Pancake Day in the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. To see the resources, register now or log in: Vidéos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres … Continue reading “Pancake Day Digital Resources”

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 2019, it is on 15 March. Vocabulary and Structures Numbers: important amounts and dates Vocabulary: lexical field around the word … Continue reading “Red Nose Day”

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”

How to Make Christmas Crackers

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

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”

Pupils’ Portrait Winners

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Pedagogy

Back at the beginning of the school year, we launched three pupil competitions. The A1+ level competition was to write a 50-word text about a special image, like “The People’s Portrait” we featured in September. We were absolutely inundated with replies for the three competitions, which we are slowly working through. Please apologise to your … Continue reading “Pupils’ Portrait Winners”

St Andrews Day Online Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 November 2016 > Webpicks

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, is the Scottish national day. Here are a couple of resources to talk about the celebration with collège classes, and a suggestion to get everyone moving! This BBC Newsround article written for children has “Everything you need to know about St Andrew’s Day”. It’s usable from A2. You may want … Continue reading “St Andrews Day Online Resources”

Talking about Superheroes

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 14 November 2018 > Webpicks

If you’re working on the theme of heroes, why not take some advice from the late Stan Lee, co-creator of a dizzying number of superheroes for Marvel Comics from Spider-man to the Black Panther and The Fantastic Four. This TedX Talk Lee gave in 2013 is really clear and can be used from B1, or … Continue reading “Talking about Superheroes”

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”

Go Scottish for St Andrews

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 25 November 2018 > Celebrate

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, is the Scottish national day. It’s a time to wear some tartan, listen to some bagpipes playing “Oh Flower of Scotland”, dance a Highland fling and eat some haggis and shortbread with a wee glass of malt whisky! A typical Scottish expression at this time of year is, “The nights … Continue reading “Go Scottish for St Andrews”

Students Against Bullying

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 31 October 2018 > Webpicks

Raise awareness about bullying in November. On the 8th, it’s Anti-Bullying Day in French schools. And it’s Anti-bullying Week in the UK from 12 to 16 November. We look at some student-produced anti-bullying videos and apps that are helping fight the problem. This is the video for the 2017 anti-bullying week but it works better … Continue reading “Students Against Bullying”