Becoming American on July Fourth

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 03 July 2019 > Celebrate

Independence Day is a celebration for all Americans, but for some it has special significance. It’s a traditional day for holding naturalisation ceremonies, welcoming new citizens to the U.S.A. More than three-quarters of a million people obtained U.S. citizenship through naturalisation in 2018. Ceremonies take place all year round, but a lot take place in … Continue reading “Becoming American on July Fourth”

Red Nose Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 March 2017 > Ready to Use

This A1+-level article will introduce your pupils to an important and fun British charity event that involves many children across the United Kingdom: Red Nose Day. This fundraising event takes place every second year. In 2019, it is on 15 March. Vocabulary and Structures Numbers: important amounts and dates Vocabulary: lexical field around the word … Continue reading “Red Nose Day”

Food Banks Videos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Webpicks

A suggestion from a group of British teenagers is helping food banks serving people who live on the breadline. These two videos are good for discussing the social phenomenon in class. As you can read in our article, a group of Exeter teenagers suggested putting signs on supermarket shelves next to priority items for food … Continue reading “Food Banks Videos”

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”

Fighting Bullying

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 31 October 2018 > Celebrate

Raise awareness about bullying in November. On the 8th it’s Anti-Bullying Day in French schools. And it’s Anti-bullying Week in the UK from 12 to 16 November. Both campaigns are putting a focus on cyberbullying. The theme for this year’s French Anti-Bullying Day is cyberbullying with sexist or sexual content. The main theme for Anti-bullying … Continue reading “Fighting Bullying”

Teaching about Child Labour

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 07 June 2017 > Webpicks

For the United Nations World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, or any other time you want to discuss this important topic in class, here are some teaching resources for different levels. The Australian NGO Worldvision has a teaching resource on child labour with downloadable worksheets and photo stories. Several of the topics have … Continue reading “Teaching about Child Labour”

Australian Identity Crisis

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 29 January 2018 > In the News

On 26 January every year, ceremonies are held all over Australia to welcome new citizens as part of Australia Day celebrations. But the 2018 national day was overshadowed by debates about citizenship, and about finding a date for Australia Day that is less offensive to Aboriginal people. Citizenship was a major issue in the Australian … Continue reading “Australian Identity Crisis”

Sport Relief Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 March 2018 > Webpicks

From schools playing Harry Potter-inspired quidditch matches, to mass runs and cycles, Sport Relief (17-23 March) provides plenty of themes for language learning: charities and solidarity, sport, exercise and health. Schools participate massively in Sport Relief, so there are lots of teaching resources. The ones for primary schools are best adapted for language learners. This … Continue reading “Sport Relief Webpicks”