Oscar Wilde

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 05 September 2016 > Ready to Use

Irish poet, playwright, novelist, editor, dandy and wit Oscar Wilde was a major figure of the nineteenth century literary scene, and his work is still widely read and performed today. A major exhibition at the Petit Palais presents his life and work – both as an immensely popular writer and as an object of scandal … Continue reading “Oscar Wilde”

A Virtual Visit to Buckingham Palace

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 September 2016 > Webpicks

A new app will allow classes to virtually visit Buckingham Palace without leaving their classrooms. Beam me up, Scottie! School trips are wonderful learning experiences, especially for language learning. But all sorts of issues with time, finance and security mean that it is not possible for every child to go on a trip. So this … Continue reading “A Virtual Visit to Buckingham Palace”

The Beat Generation on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 02 September 2016 > Webpicks

The Beat Generation exhibition at the Paris Pompidou Centre looks at the legacy of these anti-conformist writers from the 1940s-1960s. It fits well into a lycée theme on Mythes et héros or L’idée de progrès. Or in LELE, the themes Voyage, parcours initiatique, exil or L’écrivain dans son siècle. See our article about the exhibition. … Continue reading “The Beat Generation on the Web”

Native American Film in Class

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 September 2016 > Webpicks

Songs My Brothers Taught Me takes place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (South Dakota). It shows the life of  Lakota Indians today. The film’s website has concise information about the Lakota people who acted in the film, and a director’s statement. The trailer provides plenty of images which can challenge pupils’ images of Native … Continue reading “Native American Film in Class”

Marlon James Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 September 2016 > Webpicks

The 2015 winner of the Man Booker prize for fiction, Marlon James, is a star guest at the 2016 America festival in Vincennes from 8 to 11 September. These resources about his prizewinning book about Bob Marley, A Brief History of Seven Killings, would be a good topic for lycée classes. Both the theme of … Continue reading “Marlon James Webpicks”

Refugee Speech

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 September 2016 > Ready to Use

This speech by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on World Refugee Day in June 2016 is a good introduction to the unprecedentedly large numbers of refugees in the world today, and the international summits and actions trying to come up with solutions. At 1’19, it works for practising listening comprehension for the Bac exam, on … Continue reading “Refugee Speech”

Roald Dahl Centenary

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 27 July 2016 > Ready to Use

This A1+-level article will introduce your pupils to one of the most famous children’s storytellers. Some of them may already be familiar with his stories, and the recent release of Spielberg’s BFG will have drawn attention to one of his most endearing characters. Vocabulary and structures: Dates Simple present and simple past Building words Going … Continue reading “Roald Dahl Centenary”

“Wheel to Wheel” Short Story

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 September 2016 > Ready to Use

This B1-level short story was written by an American teenager. It would fit in well with a theme on the Paralympics. Activities include comprehension, written expression and practise of “used to” and comparatives and superlatives. Vocabulary and structures preterite would (past habit and conditional) past perfect used to comparatives and superlatives sports (athletics)