Do Good in December

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 02 December 2019 > Celebrate

Do you fancy using an advent calendar in class in December as a cultural reference, but want to avoid the religious connection? How about using this fabulous December Kindness Calendar instead? Produced by British charity Action for Happiness, it encourages you to do a kind act each day, like counting your blessings or seeing how … Continue reading “Do Good in December”

Tolkien’s World

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 22 October 2019 > What's On

Anyone who has read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings knows that JRR Tolkien was a past master at creating astonishing  worlds and civilisations. A new exhibition in Paris shows that his published work was merely the tip of the iceberg. Detailed maps, chronologies, and dozens of illustrations give a glimpse of the … Continue reading “Tolkien’s World”

Why Black Friday?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 14 November 2019 > Celebrate

As Black Friday approaches, we wonder why a specifically American date in the commercial calendar has taken over first the internet and now high-street shops around the world. Black Friday is the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s a long weekend and approximately a month before Christmas. … Continue reading “Why Black Friday?”

This is England… in Rouen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 15 November 2019 > What's On

The This is England short films festival is returning to celebrate British films in Rouen. The expanded version runs from 16 to 24 November. Short films are a brilliant way to introduce British culture to language learners, and special schools screenings and teaching packs are provided to spread the message. Many of this year’s films … Continue reading “This is England… in Rouen”

Born Almost Free

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 November 2019 > In the News

South Africa’s rugby captain was born one day before the official end of apartheid in 1991. Yet he is truly part of the “born-free generation”. The first black captain of South Africa’s emblematic rugby team, Siya Kolisi was the third Springboks skipper to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, after his team won the 2019 Rugby … Continue reading “Born Almost Free”

Two Books for the Booker

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 October 2019 > What's On

The 2019 Booker prize has been awarded to two authors: the established star Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and the first ever black woman winner Bernardine Evaristo for Woman, Girl, Other. Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to A Handmaid’s Tale seemed a shoe-in for the prize (although another literary icon, Salman Rushdie was also on the short-list). … Continue reading “Two Books for the Booker”

Thanksgiving U.S.A.

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 22 November 2019 > Celebrate

Many in the U.S. consider Thanksgiving the most American of holidays. The feast appeals to every religious and ethnic group, honours a turning point in American history, and encourages a spirit of good will. Plus, Thanksgiving offers one of the best meals of the year! In 1620, a group of 102 British people men, women … Continue reading “Thanksgiving U.S.A.”

Halloween Competition

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 October 2019 > Pedagogy

Have some Halloween fun and you could win books for your class! Spin the one-armed bandit of terror and see if you win a class set of Pump it up language workbooks, literature Reading Guides, Speakeasy Files and more! The nights are drawing in and ghosts are taking to the air. It’s time for all … Continue reading “Halloween Competition”

Poppy Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 28 October 2016 > Celebrate

Any image of people in the UK, Canada and Australia in November is likely to include some who are wearing a red paper poppy in their lapel. The Poppy Appeal for war veterans in the run-up to Remembrance Day began in the aftermath of World War I. Today, as the British and Commonwealth armies commemorate … Continue reading “Poppy Day”