Thanksgiving Stories

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 22 November 2019 > Webpicks

A Thanksgiving intergenerational project in the U.S.A. would make an excellent language activity anywhere. StoryCorps is an innovative oral history project that has been recording ordinary Americans having conversations with people they love since 2003. The concept is simple: the mobile StoryCorps recording booth sets up in a town. Anyone who wants to can come … Continue reading “Thanksgiving Stories”

Illustrated Route 66 Poster

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 August 2019 >

To accompany Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 4: “On the Road, you can download this Route 66 poster illustrated with lots of interesting landmarks to be found along the Mother Road.    To download the poster, just click on the link below.

Payback for Slavery

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 August 2019 > In the News

Students at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, have voted to pay reparations to the descendants of 272 slaves sold by the Jesuit university in 1838. A long-running campaign by students has identified descendants of the 272, who were sold to plantations in Louisiana. A student referendum voted for each student to pay a small amount … Continue reading “Payback for Slavery”

On Route 66 Poster

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 August 2019 > Ready to Use

Celebrate the Mother Road festival in September with this illustrated Route 66 poster has lots of interesting landmarks to be found along “American’s Main Street”. You can download it for class use.   To download the poster, just click on the link below.

On Route 66

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 August 2019 > Celebrate

Route 66 has mythical status in the U.S.A. and around the world. It’s been immortalised in songs, novels and films. Although it’s no longer a major highway, it still draws visitors keen to experience the iconic home of the road trip. Every September, enthusiasts gather in Springfield, Illinois, for the Mother Road Festival, using the … Continue reading “On Route 66”

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”

Dorothea Lange: On the Road

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 15 June 2019 >

Dorothea Lange’s iconic photos of Depression-era America and the farming families forced to flee meteorological and financial disasters often focus on the roads the migrants travelled. In Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 4 “On the Road”, pupils analyse a photo by Lange juxtaposed with extracts from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. This resource will … Continue reading “Dorothea Lange: On the Road”

Rockwell, Roosevelt and Freedom

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 June 2019 > Ready to Use

This B1-level article will introduce your pupils to the Rockwell and Roosevelt Four Freedoms Exhibition (Caen Mémorial, June-October 2019). It focuses and expands on a very specific passage from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union speech delivered in January 1941 in which he put an emphasis on freedom, or rather freedoms: freedom from fear, … Continue reading “Rockwell, Roosevelt and Freedom”

A Canine Sergeant

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 May 2019 > What's On

Stubby, a stray dog, became the mascot of an American regiment in World War I and accompanied the soldiers so steadfastly that he was given the rank of Sergeant. A new animated feature brings this true story to life. Millions of animals were used by armies on all sides in WWI — it is estimated … Continue reading “A Canine Sergeant”