Australia Goes to the Polls

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 13 May 2022 > In the News

Australia’s Prime Minister, Liberal Scott Morrison, has called a federal election for 21 May. “ScoMo” and the Liberals were the surprise winners of the 2019 election and currently have a single seat majority in the 151-seat parliament. Opinion polls are favouring Labor and its leader Anthony Albanese over Morrison, who has been accused of bullying … Continue reading “Australia Goes to the Polls”

Koalas in Danger

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 11 February 2022 > In the News

The Australian government has announced that it now considers koalas an endangered species in three out of five of the states and territories where they are native. Palace populations have declined precipitously in just a decade. The 2019-20 bushfires were the last straw. Koalas, like kangaroos, are marsupials only found in the Australian continent. Because … Continue reading “Koalas in Danger”

Aboriginalities

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 05 July 2021 > What's On

If you find yourself close to Belgium this summer, it’s worth heading to Brussels for the Aboriginalités exhibition: more than 250 paintings by First Australian artists who innovate using traditional techniques and subject matter and modern materials. Art is a very important part of Aboriginal spiritual and cultural life, part of a vast system of … Continue reading “Aboriginalities”

Five Eyes

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 25 May 2021 > In the News

The Five Eyes Alliance is a very discreet intelligence-gathering agreement between five major Anglophone countries: the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It was created during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. But it is currently in turmoil over the five nations’ relations with China. The Alliance has existed in its … Continue reading “Five Eyes”

Shine Bright AMC Landmarks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 23 April 2021 >

As well the 28 Files, the Shine Bright AMC contains 34 pages of Landmarks: timelines and key information about the history and culture of English-speaking countries with an AMC angle. They were written by Juliette Hanrot, who teaches history and geography in DNL. These reference pages can be used to give pupils essential background when … Continue reading “Shine Bright AMC Landmarks”

Shine Bright AMC SnapFile 24 Five eyes, one power

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 23 April 2021 >

In our series of author videos presenting different chapters of Shine Bright AMC, here is SnapFile 24 Five Eyes, one power, about a little-known espionage alliance between English-speaking countries, presented by its author Sophie Robin-Boudjenane. This file fits into the Terminale theme Relation au monde Axe 1 : Puissance et influence. You can browse this file … Continue reading “Shine Bright AMC SnapFile 24 Five eyes, one power”

Change in Australia’s National Anthem to Reflect Indigenous Heritage

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 January 2021 > In the News

Australia started the new year with a change in its national anthem designed to be more inclusive of all Australians. On 31 December, Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the change of a single word that is heavy with significance. The words of “Advance Australia Fair” included the line “For we are young and free”. … Continue reading “Change in Australia’s National Anthem to Reflect Indigenous Heritage”

Saving Nemo

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 25 May 2020 > Ready to Use

This A2 document aims at developing your students’ reading skills and autonomy, as well as guided writing skills. Its general theme is protecting the environment, and should prove of interest to most young people, all the more so as most of them will have seen the animated film Saving Nemo which gave its name to … Continue reading “Saving Nemo”