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Topical Talk has done the hard work for you. Find a wealth of trustworthy ready-to-use resources, made by expert teachers at The Economist Educational Foundation in collaboration with world-leading Economist journalists.

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Special edition: the power of sound

Special Editions explore one issue in the news, in-depth. They consist of several lessons and culminate in a final piece of work produced by each student.

Our latest deep dive looks into audio journalism. It doesn't matter where you are in the world – if you’re in the middle of a city or isolated in a warzone, you can still hear the latest news. Take your students on a 5-hour journey, led by The Economist’s podcast team, to explore the power sound has to report the news.

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October 31st – December 16th 2022

Festivals bring your Topical Talk lessons to life by giving your students the chance to discuss what they’re learning about in the classroom on a global scale. Young people are invited to learn from, and exchange ideas with, a host of international peers and topic experts. Each festival is packed with inspiring activities, online events and awards for thoughtful conversations and ideas.

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“Quite simply, the programme has been a revelation. Every week, new and interesting resources are produced, all of which go hand-in-hand with relevant and appropriate termly topics. These are accessible to all learners: they are bespoke, carefully thought-out and allow students to improve across a number of key skills.”

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