William Morris Father of Arts and Crafts

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 28 October 2022 > What's On

William Morris was born into Victorian Britain in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. But the artist, architect and Socialist championed instead beautiful handmade objects he believed should be in every home. An exhibition in Roubaix explores his vision, from Pre-Raphaelite art to wallpaper, hand-printed books and political organisations. Morris was born into a wealthy … Continue reading “William Morris Father of Arts and Crafts”

New Escape Games A1 > A2

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 19 October 2022 > Pedagogy

Thank you for your wonderful feedback on our first Escape Games pack. You wanted more, and it’s coming very soon. Our new pack of three games for A1, A1+ and A2 levels will be available from 4 November. Immerse your students in an adventure that will get them working in teams, and in English, without … Continue reading “New Escape Games A1 > A2”

Short Films Festival This is England in Normandy

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 October 2022 > Pedagogy

“This is England” is a great festival of British short films based in Rouen and the surrounding region with a special programme of screenings and teaching materials for primary, collège and lycée classes. The 2022 edition  will take place from  12 to 20 November.  The selection for this year is now on their website and … Continue reading “Short Films Festival This is England in Normandy”

Biobox: A New Monarch

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 05 October 2022 > 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 is about Britain’s new King Charles III. You can download the MP4 file below to use in class.  

The End of an Era

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 09 September 2022 > In the News

On 8 September, the British Royal Family announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96. Britain’s longest reigning monarch had been on the throne for 70 years, which had been marked this summer by Platinum Jubilee celebrations. She was immediately succeeded by her son Charles, who will be known as King … Continue reading “The End of an Era”

Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 05 September 2022 > What's On

Under the pseudonym Henry Fuseli, Swiss artist Johan Heinrich Füssli, became one of the leading lights of the 19th-century British art world and a popular proponent of Romanticism and the Gothic. His many depictions of Shakespearean scenes, the supernatural, dreams and nightmares are rich food for the imagination. A new exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart … Continue reading “Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli”

This is Our BBC Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 01 September 2022 > Webpicks

As a standalone activity or an introduction to our resource on the centenary of the BBC, this cleverly edited video provides the BBC’s answer to the question, “What is public-service broadcasting?” Or simply an introduction to the variety of programming that it has pioneered.  If you show pupils the video on the Indy 100 news … Continue reading “This is Our BBC Video”

Happy 100th Birthday to the BBC!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 30 August 2022 > Celebrate

The British Broadcasting Corporation is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, just as it faces the biggest threat to its existence. The Conservative government has announced the end of the licence fee paid by British residents to access the BBC for 2027. Without the licence fee, the BBC’s future as a public-service broadcaster, not dependent … Continue reading “Happy 100th Birthday to the BBC!”