May Leaves

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 June 2019 > In the News

British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on 9 June, starting the process of electing a new leader, who will take over as Prime Minister. For three years, May has tried to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union, despite having campaigned for Remain in the Brexit referendum. But … Continue reading “May Leaves”

The Election that wasn’t Supposed to Happen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 May 2019 > In the News

Voting in the European Parliamentary elections started on 23 May in the Netherlands and the UK — where the elections weren’t supposed to take place at all. One more chapter in the chaos of Brexit. The UK was supposed to leave the EU on 29 March, following the Brexit referendum. However, since the Conservative Government … Continue reading “The Election that wasn’t Supposed to Happen”

Brexit Chaos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 16 January 2019 > In the News

Britain’s Conservative government suffered a historic defeat on 15 January as Parliament massively voted against the deal for Brexit negotiated with the EU. As the clock ticks relentlessly towards the 29 March deadline for leaving, there seems no clear way forward. The government had been forced to agree to a “meaningful” vote on Brexit and … Continue reading “Brexit Chaos”

Carousel and Rainbow Working: Ideas from Britain

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 December 2018 > Pedagogy

Travail de groupe : S’assurer que tout le monde participe Si le travail de l’oral dépend du climat quotidien de la classe, où se pratique le développement de la confiance en la parole de l’individu, il est également essentiel qu’il soit accompagné du respect de l’écoute des autres et de la prise en compte de leurs … Continue reading “Carousel and Rainbow Working: Ideas from Britain”

Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

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

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”

Funding for Exchanges with the U.K.

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 March 2018 > Pedagogy

A scheme administered by the British Council offers funding for school exchange projects for  17-to-19-year-olds: up to £10,000 per project. The deadline for applications for the next awards of funds is 19 November 2018. The Charles de Gaulle Trust grants are awarded to French and British schools working on projects together. They must be applied … Continue reading “Funding for Exchanges with the U.K.”

Brexit Confusion

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 19 September 2018 > In the News

As the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU race towards the March 29 deadline, what is the state of play? The two-year negotiation period for Brexit expires on 29 March 2019 and many points still haven’t been settled. Many of the problems with the negotiations come not from the EU-UK discussions but from tensions … Continue reading “Brexit Confusion”

Oral Participation in Class: Ideas from Britain

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 June 2018 > Pedagogy

Parmi les idées d’évolution du Baccalauréat figure la perspective d’un « grand oral » qui valoriserait les compétences de l’oral. Or, la confiance nécessaire pour parler devant ses camarades, toute la classe, voire un jury, n’est pas innée et les élèves doivent y être régulièrement entrainés. Les langues peuvent jouer un rôle non négligeable dans … Continue reading “Oral Participation in Class: Ideas from Britain”

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”

Christmas on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 09 December 2016 > Webpicks

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Before the winter holidays, why not do a little cultural comparisons, looking at how Christmas is celebrated in English speaking countries in the northern and southern hemisphere? These digital resources will help you. There is are several videos and audio recordings with interactive comprehension activities about Christmas in the … Continue reading “Christmas on the Web”