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”

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”

The Art of Rube Goldberg: Why do simple when it can be complicated?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 02 June 2017 > What's On

You may have heard about a complex concept described as a “Rube Goldberg”… then wondered what that meant. The Rube Goldberg machine is a complicated machine that does simple tasks. Rube Goldberg was an American inventor, sculptor, author, engineer, cartoonist and he is very famous for his zany inventions cartoons. Before he was known as … Continue reading “The Art of Rube Goldberg: Why do simple when it can be complicated?”

Inventing a Machine in Language Class

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 03 June 2017 > Pedagogy

Let’s imagine a crazy machine! We look at a fun and active project that gets pupils moving and talking in English about a culturally specific phenomenon: a Rube Goldberg machine. Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was famous for drawing comically complex machines to complete everyday task. His drawings are so well known in the U.S.A. that there … Continue reading “Inventing a Machine in Language Class”

Les nouveaux manuels à découvrir

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 May 2017 > Pedagogy

Ils sont arrivés ! Les spécimens des 4 nouveaux manuels d’anglais Nathan : Thumbs up! 6e et Give me five! 5e, 4e, 3e, ont été livrés dans vos collèges, rapprochez-vous de votre documentaliste et cherchez les petits cartons violets ! Thumbs up! est une nouveauté spécialement conçue pour la 6e, dont le maître mot est “pédagogie spiralaire”. Grâce … Continue reading “Les nouveaux manuels à découvrir”

Robot Videos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 24 March 2017 > Webpicks

The new robot exhibition at London’s Science Museum offers several videos on this motivating subject which can lead to work on science and technology, but also on human anatomy, modals and comparisons. The exhibition trailer doesn’t have any voiceover, just onscreen text. It points out that by looking at robots we question what it is … Continue reading “Robot Videos”

Learning to Learn

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 19 January 2017 > Pedagogy

What does a pupil understand when a teacher says, “Learn today’s lesson for next time”? What exactly should the pupil do? Read the work over, copy it out, memorise the new words or expressions, use them in context to produce a message…? Which tools should be used (notebook, textbook, school homework website…)? And how will … Continue reading “Learning to Learn”

Measure for Measure

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 December 2016 > Pedagogy

Comment deux matières comme les mathématiques et l’anglais peuvent-elles se rencontrer ? Hamid Belhadia et Cécile Clavilier, professeurs en 3ème section européenne en ZEP, témoignent de leur expérience. Nous avons mené ce travail commun sur l’année de troisième, en anglais et en mathématiques, la DNL (Discipline Non-Linguistique) pour cette classe. “From Measures to Bridges” s’ancrait sur … Continue reading “Measure for Measure”