Queen Elizabeth II Comic Strip

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 13 May 2022 > Ready to Use

This comic strip about Queen Elizabeth II will get your pupils ready to understand what will be happening for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that will be concentrated around the weekend of 2-5 June. These two pages are devoted to Elizabeth’s childhood and her first meeting with Philip. A second session covering the events that led … Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth II Comic Strip”

Seventy Years a Queen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 12 May 2022 > Ready to Use

The UK is getting ready for a very special “Trooping the Colour” in June… 2022 marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne! The longest reign ever, even Queen Victoria didn’t reign that long. Famous worldwide for her colourful dresses and hats, Queen Elizabeth embodies the British monarchy and everyone – even beyond Great … Continue reading “Seventy Years a Queen”

Spies Fooling Spies

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 14 April 2022 > What's On

A new film details a barely believable operation from World War II involving a dead body designed to fool the Nazis about Allied invasion plans and save the lives of thousands of soldiers. The success of Operation Mincemeat hinged on creating a carefully crafted fiction, which is where James Bond author Ian Fleming came in. … Continue reading “Spies Fooling Spies”

Teaching with Films: Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 March 2022 > Webpicks

The trailer and the featurette for Belfast are both used in our Ready-to-use resource on the film. Trailer Featurette

Branagh’s Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 March 2022 > Ready to Use

Belfast is the story of nine-year-old Buddy growing up in the Northern Irish capital in a friendly, working-class community until the Troubles brutally disrupt his life in 1969. The film and these activities will help the students discover more about the Northern Irish conflict and its human consequences. It is actor-director Kenneth Branagh‘s most personal film … Continue reading “Branagh’s Belfast”

In the Streets of Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 March 2022 > What's On

Belfast is actor-director Kenneth Branagh‘s most personal film yet. It’s the story of nine-year-old Buddy growing up in Belfast in a friendly, working-class community until the Troubles brutally disrupt his life in 1969. Belfast is set in 1969, when what were called “the Troubles” went from protests to violent riots in the space of a … Continue reading “In the Streets of Belfast”

Guy Fawkes Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 02 November 2021 > Webpicks

To “remember, remember the fifth of November”, as a children’s rhyme says, A1+-level pupils can watch a slideshow about Bonfire Night. At A2-A2+, useful links can be made with the history curriculum  It’s worth giving pupils a few basic facts about the failed plot and the annual celebrations. This Powerpoint presentation from the UK Parliament … Continue reading “Guy Fawkes Webpicks”