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”

Discovering Tolkien’s World

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 22 November 2019 > Ready to Use

A review of the Tolkien exhibition currently on at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris is the occasion for pupils to learn more about the author of The Lord of the Rings and the extraordinary universes he created with languages, maps and illustrations. This B2-level article and its B1 satellite columns can be used for two different … Continue reading “Discovering Tolkien’s World”

The Mouse Mansion

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 26 June 2019 > Ready to Use

“The Mouse Mansion” is a sequence for 6e pupils based on the children’s book of the same name by Karina Schaapman, and on the DIY video tutorials on her website. Author and artist Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion, an elaborate doll’s house, out of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché, and writes books … Continue reading “The Mouse Mansion”

The Dream of Being an Artist

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 October 2019 > Ready to Use

The Dream of Being an Artist is an exhibition in Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts until January 6 2020. With over a hundred works from different areas and spanning several centuries, the exhibition questions the way artists have been considered in society and perceive themselves. It includes several works by contemporary English speaking artists. The … Continue reading “The Dream of Being an Artist”

Time for Rugby

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

The Rugby World Cup, taking place in Japan 20 September to 2 November is always a good opportunity to review English-speaking countries, since most of the leading teams are from Commonwealth nations. This A2/A2+ level article and audio dialogue can be can also be tied in to a unit reviewing hobbies, or used in conjunction … Continue reading “Time for Rugby”

Downton Abbey

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

This document aims to allow you to work on the trailer of the upcoming movie Downton Abbey at a B1 level. Downton Abbey was originally a British historical period drama television series that aired from 2010 to 2015. It was set as a fiction based in a historical landscape between 1912 and 1926, in the … Continue reading “Downton Abbey”

On Route 66 Poster

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 August 2019 > Ready to Use

Celebrate the Mother Road festival in September with this illustrated Route 66 poster has lots of interesting landmarks to be found along “American’s Main Street”. You can download it for class use.   To download the poster, just click on the link below.