Saving Nemo

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 25 May 2020 > Ready to Use

This A2 document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy, as well as guided writing skills. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of interest to most young people, all the more so as most of them will have seen the animated film Saving Nemo which gave its name to … Continue reading “Saving Nemo”

Feelgood Music 2: “Waterloo Sunset”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 06 May 2020 > Ready to Use

For the second of our series of feelgood songs, we’ve crossed the Atlantic to the UK, 1967, and The Kinks’ classic “Waterloo Sunset”. Which gives plenty of scope to work on emotions, and London landmarks Waterloo Station and the Thames. Pupils can start by watching a Biobox about the year 1967 in music before going … Continue reading “Feelgood Music 2: “Waterloo Sunset””

Florence Nightingale

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 06 May 2020 > Ready to Use

2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary. After she and a team of nurses managed to significantly reduce the death count by improving the appallingly unsanitary conditions at a British hospital during the Crimean War, she became an authority on public sanitation issues. She also earned a reputation for her statistician’s skills, and her charts would influence … Continue reading “Florence Nightingale”

Chewing Gum and Doing Good

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 April 2020 > Ready to Use

How to take a pollution problem – discarded chewing gum – and turn it into a green resource by recycling it and using the result to make products like re-usable coffee cups. This A1+ document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of … Continue reading “Chewing Gum and Doing Good”

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”