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”

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?”

How to Make Christmas Crackers

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 December 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1+ resource about this British Christmas tradition uses a “how to” video downloadable free from the Banque de ressources numériques éducatives anglais cycle 4 to work on language and finish up with a practical, arts and crafts activity making actual crackers. Vocabulary and structures understanding instructions Christmas vocabulary crafts vocabulary: scissors, sellotape, wrapping paper, … Continue reading “How to Make Christmas Crackers”

A Gift for Christmas

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Celebrate

Sometimes a simple idea can have an enormous effect. A suggestion from a group of British teenagers could brighten Christmas for hundreds of thousands of families living on the breadline. The group of 13 teenagers from Exeter in southwest England participated in a National Citizen Service programme last summer. One of the steps was to … Continue reading “A Gift for Christmas”

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1+ level article is an opportunity to introduce Christmas from the perspective of the up-coming release of the new version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!”, one of the much-loved books by The Cat in the Hat author Dr Seuss. Vocabulary: Christmas emotions months locating expressions Grammar: simple present and preterite the indefinite article … Continue reading “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

It’s Christmas Jumper Day!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 December 2018 > Celebrate

Christmas Jumper Day has been a big charity event in the UK for several years. The U.S. is catching up with Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Either way, it’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and make a donation to a children’s charity. Christmas Jumper Day in the UK is organised by the … Continue reading “It’s Christmas Jumper Day!”

Christmas on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 09 December 2016 > Webpicks

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Before the winter holidays, why not do a little cultural comparisons, looking at how Christmas is celebrated in English speaking countries in the northern and southern hemisphere? These digital resources will help you. There is are several videos and audio recordings with interactive comprehension activities about Christmas in the … Continue reading “Christmas on the Web”

Merry Christmas Jumper Day!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 13 November 2017 > Celebrate

Like Red Nose Day, Christmas Jumper Day is becoming a tradition for British people to do something silly – wear a kitschy Christmas jumper — to do some serious good, for the charity Save the Children. Christmas is of course a special time for children, which is why the charity wants people to donate to … Continue reading “Merry Christmas Jumper Day!”

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 30 November 2017 > Celebrate

It has all the ingredients of a great British event: tradition, wearing costumes, doing silly things and collecting money for charity! Every year at Covent Garden Market in London, teams of people participate in The Great Christmas Pudding race. They make their way through a series of obstacles while carrying a Christmas pudding on a … Continue reading “The Great Christmas Pudding Race”

Christmas Shopping

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 December 2016 > Ready to Use

This A1+-level interactive picture, activities and audio will introduce beginners to Christmas vocabulary and Anglophone traditions for the festive season. Vocabulary and structures Christmas vocabulary numbers /ɪ/ and /aɪ/ sounds WH-questions: How many… Don’t miss the Webpicks below for more Christmas-themed resources at different levels.