David Attenborough: People’s Advocate for the Planet

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 15 October 2021 > In the News

Sir David Attenborough has fascinated viewers around the world for decades with his documentary series like The Blue Planet and Life on Earth. Now the 95-year-old naturalist is using his communication skills to try to explain the complex issues to be tackled the United Nations’ COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow from 31 October. Attenborough was … Continue reading “David Attenborough: People’s Advocate for the Planet”

Your Students Have Talent: Masked Self Portraits

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 15 October 2021 > Pedagogy

We always love to see your students’ work. Adeline Paget sent us photos of her 6e students who did the masked self-portraits activity we suggested. The students from Collège Albert Camus  La Norville made the folded self portraits showing themselves masked and unmasked and including self-describing adjectives, and then displayed them on the doors of … Continue reading “Your Students Have Talent: Masked Self Portraits”

So Many Short Films at the This is England Festival in Rouen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 October 2021 > Pedagogy

The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary edition a year late from 12 to 20 November. Last year’s edition was postponed several times because of COVID. So the organisers decided to organise a bumper edition this year, with last year’s selection and a new one. And as usual, special attention has been given to school … Continue reading “So Many Short Films at the This is England Festival in Rouen”

Your Students Have Talent: Standard English

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 October 2021 > Pedagogy

And in our series Your Students Have Talent, here is just a small sample of an amazing discussion by students studying Shine Bright AMC SnapFile 12 Standard English, about the status of English alongside other languages in the world today. The Terminale students from Lycée Bellevue in Le Mans were participating in the final task … Continue reading “Your Students Have Talent: Standard English”

Before Rosa Parks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 11 October 2021 > What's On

Rosa Parks is known the world over as the African American who refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. But nine months before Parks, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did the same thing. She’s the subject of a play (in French), Noire. Maybe the time wasn’t … Continue reading “Before Rosa Parks”

Bigger Than Us

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 10 October 2021 > What's On

This inspiring documentary features teen activists around the world who see a problem and try to fix it. From Malawi to Colorado they are fighting pollution, opposing child marriage, supporting education, freedom of speech and sustainable agriculture and demanding rights for the planet and indigenous people. Melati Wijsen and her sister founded Bye Bye Plastic … Continue reading “Bigger Than Us”

2021 Nobel Peace Prize Supports Freedom of the Press

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 October 2021 > In the News

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two journalists with a long track record of fighting to protect freedom of expression: Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, working in the Philippines and Russia. Both journalists are working in countries with populist governments which seem to have little respect for freedom of expression and both have … Continue reading “2021 Nobel Peace Prize Supports Freedom of the Press”

2021 Nobel Prize for Literature Turns the Spotlight on East Africa

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 October 2021 > What's On

The 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Abdulrazak Gurnah from Tanzania, whose own experience of colonialism and exile have informed his ten novels as well as short stories and academic works. Gurnah was born in 1948 and brought in the island nation of Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa. At the … Continue reading “2021 Nobel Prize for Literature Turns the Spotlight on East Africa”