A Webinar on the “Grand Oral” for Your Students

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 11 January 2022 > Pedagogy

To accompany you and your students as they prepare for the Grand oral, there will be a free webinar on the subject on 18 January. Mission Grand oral author Olivier Jaoui will explain how to prepare for, and succeed in the exam, and will also answer pupils’ questions. Webinar: “Comment préparer et réussir le Grand … Continue reading “A Webinar on the “Grand Oral” for Your Students”

Ready to Recite?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 January 2022 > Pedagogy

Why not encourage your pupils to participate in a competition to video themselves reciting a poem or prose text? Practising recitation can be a valuable activity in any language class. The Académie of Orléans-Tours is organising a competition for pupils to recite texts in the languages they are learning, which is open to pupils and … Continue reading “Ready to Recite?”

Arise Sir Lewis!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 December 2021 > In the News

The Formula One driver is no longer simply Lewis Hamilton, but Sir Lewis after being knighted by Prince Charles. The driver was awarded a knighthood in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list after he won his seventh World Championship. Hamilton received the award at Windsor Castle on 15 December, just days after missing out on … Continue reading “Arise Sir Lewis!”

“The Matrix Resurrections”: the Future is Now!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 December 2021 > What's On

Eighteen years after The Matrix Revolutions, which we thought was the third and final Matrix film, Lana Wachowski has directed a fourth: The Matrix Resurrections. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back in black in the iconic roles they made famous: Neo and Trinity. The Matrix franchise primarily consists of a trilogy of science-fiction films written and directed … Continue reading ““The Matrix Resurrections”: the Future is Now!”

It’s Not Easy Being a Teen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 22 December 2021 > What's On

If Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age film Licorice Pizza feels much more real than many films about teenagers, there’s a good reason: it was a project Anderson dreamed up in lockdown. When it was still impossible to do a COVID-compliant shoot, he roped in his kids’ friends and his friends’ kids to make a film about … Continue reading “It’s Not Easy Being a Teen”

Around the World in 150 Photos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 22 December 2021 > What's On

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry may not be a household name but his photos are instantly recognisable, especially one of a young Afghan girl taken in Pakistan where her family had taken refuge in 1984. A retrospective at the Musée Maillol in Paris takes visitors around the world in his footsteps, to India, Papua New Guinea, … Continue reading “Around the World in 150 Photos”

Do You Know About… Christmas Crackers?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 20 December 2021 > Celebrate

Christmas crackers are such an integral part of British Christmas dinner celebrations but do you know how they were invented? Hint: there’s a French connection. Enjoy our animated slideshow with your students from A2.

A Year in Words

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 December 2021 > In the News

Different dictionaries have been revealing their “words of the year” for 2021. The COVID pandemic has had a major influence on the words we use and look up. Vax, double-vaxxed, vaccine and pingdemic all show up, as well as perseverance, which we’ve all had to show. Oxford Dictionaries announced vax was their word of the … Continue reading “A Year in Words”