Caremongering Article and Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 06 April 2020 > Ready to Use

This B1 resource is around a positive news story your pupils can study during the current quarantine. An article, and a video report from Canadian CTV News give examples of the trend for “caremongering”: using social media to organise, or ask for help during the Covid-19 lockdown. The downloadable worksheet can be filled in directly … Continue reading “Caremongering Article and Video”

Feelgood Music

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 06 April 2020 > Ready to Use

Music has great power to inspire us and lift our mood. Which we could all do with  a bit of at the moment. We were trying to think of work to set pupils at home that was positive and good for the soul: what better than a little soul music?  So here is the first … Continue reading “Feelgood Music”

Big Ben

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 July 2017 > Ready to Use

Big Ben is a must-see on any trip to London. The iconic London landmark is undergoing major renovation work for the next three years. We take the opportunity to show pupils what makes Big Ben tick with an A2-level article.  Language and Structures: Descriptive narration: simple present and preterite tenses Numbers: saying dates Modals and … Continue reading “Big Ben”

Biobox: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 26 April 2019 > Ready to Use

Our bioboxes are short “Who Am I?” quizzes to help introduce pupils to famous figures in the English-speaking world. This one was written by pupils for our “Who Am I?” contest. Thank you to Valerian, Dounia and Seham from Mme Boussaguet’s 2nde pro class, Lycée Dhuoda, Nîmes (30). You can download the MP4 file below … Continue reading “Biobox: Queen Elizabeth II”

Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 23 March 2020 > Ready to Use

One of the  most famous British poets is celebrating his 250th birthday in April! Why not introduce students to him by studying one of his  iconic poems, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”), a perfect start to spring! The following activities will help your students discover Wordsworth himself, through a Biobox … Continue reading “Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

The Call of the Wild

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > Ready to Use

A new film adaptation of Jack London’s famous novel returns to the original story and focuses much more on Buck, the dog, than previous films. Pupils will also enjoy recognising Harrison Ford and Omar Sy. The activities below include watching the film trailer without, then with sound, and reading a short, simple article. Language and … Continue reading “The Call of the Wild”

1917

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 January 2020 >

The new World War I drama from director Sam Mendes, 1917, unfolds in real-time, tracking a pair of British soldiers as they cross the Western Front on a desperate rescue mission. Soldiers Blake and Schofield  must travel nine miles across the treacherous war zone to deliver orders to stop a regiment attacking enemy lines within … Continue reading “1917”

Charlie Chaplin: Music Man

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 10 December 2019 > Ready to Use

In this A2 article, your students will learn about Charlie Chaplin’s life and films, and about the importance of music in both his life and his art. Although he could not read music, he was able to compose and play the violin by ear, and even direct an orchestra. Most of his films were silent, … Continue reading “Charlie Chaplin: Music Man”

William Blake: Visionary

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 December 2019 > Ready to Use

The Tate Britain exhibition on William Blake explores this talented 19th century artist whose poems and paintings are strikingly modern and pregnant with meaning. Differentiated activities from A2+ to B2 will allow you to add Blake to a sequence on the Gothic or the Romantic movements, for example Shine Bright 1ère Advanced File 1 “Freaky dreams”. … Continue reading “William Blake: Visionary”