The Art of Being a Dandy: Aubrey Beardsley

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 November 2020 > Ready to Use

Despite his early death aged 25, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) had a prolific career as an illustrator. Part of the Aesthetic movement, a friend of Oscar Wilde’s, Beardsley was a dandy and turned his own short life into a work of art. To accompany the exhibition currently on hold at the Musée d’Orsay, this resource explores … Continue reading “The Art of Being a Dandy: Aubrey Beardsley”

Guy Fawkes Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 October 2020 > Webpicks

To “remember, remember the fifth of November”, as a children’s rhyme says, A1+-level pupils can view a video, read about the tradition, and do an interactive activity. At A2-A2+, useful links can be made with the history curriculum, with an online game and fireworks to round off the subject.  It’s worth giving pupils a few … Continue reading “Guy Fawkes Webpicks”

Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 06 May 2020 > Celebrate

Florence Nightingale is one of Britain’s most recognisable names. The Victorian nursing pioneer and statistician left an indelible mark on the world of medicine. The first woman ever to be featured on a British banknote, her influence is such that 200 years after her birth, the emergency hospitals created for the coronavirus pandemic in the … Continue reading “Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer”

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”

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””

Frankenstein and Antony and Cleopatra in Your Living Room

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 30 April 2020 >

The next couple of free online streaming treats from the UK’s National Theatre are Frankenstein and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The National Theatre has been making filmed shows available  at 8 p.m. French time every Thursday, and available for a week on demand. The next two fit brilliantly with Shine Bright LLCE File 2 Freaky … Continue reading “Frankenstein and Antony and Cleopatra in Your Living Room”

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday on World Book Night

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 20 April 2020 > Celebrate

William Shakespeare is believed to have been born and died on 23 April (in 1564 and 1616 respectively). Which is why the UK celebrates World Book Night on that date (and St George’s Day, England’s national day!) Normally, World Book Night is filled with book readings and events, as tens of thousands of books are … Continue reading “Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday on World Book Night”

Studying Wordsworth’s Poetry for Spring

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 March 2020 >

One of the  most famous British poets is celebrating his 250th birthday in April! Why not introduce students to Wordsworth 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 “Studying Wordsworth’s Poetry for Spring”