Thanksgiving Despite Coronavirus

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 November 2020 > In the News

Many countries in Europe have instituted lockdowns with the aim of reducing coronavirus transmissions enough to allow their populations to have a semblance of a normal Christmas. In the U.S., the problem of family get-togethers is a whole month earlier, with Thanksgiving, which falls this year on Thursday 26 November. With COVID-19 infections spiking all … Continue reading “Thanksgiving Despite Coronavirus”

Comic Notes: Joe Sacco “Paying the Land”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 14 May 2020 > What's On

Joe Sacco has been creating works of comic non-fiction for more than two decades, illustrating conflict, war and human atrocity through the medium of graphic art. For his latest book — “Paying the Land”—Joe Sacco travels to the Arctic regions of Canada and tells us the history of the Dene Nation, an indigenous people living … Continue reading “Comic Notes: Joe Sacco “Paying the Land””

Easter Traditions Videos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 10 April 2020 > Webpicks

We have a bumper crop of videos and audio on Easter traditions in English-speaking countries, especially for A1+ learners. The Banque de ressources numériques éducatives anglais cycle 4 has three videos and an audio on Easter themes. Like all the resources in the BRNE, you can download the video or audio to use offline, as … Continue reading “Easter Traditions Videos”

Word of the Moment: Caremongering

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 23 March 2020 > In the News

You can always count on the Canadians to find the positive in anything. In this case, the coronavirus, social distancing, quarantine and everything else involved in the current situation. Canadians decided to combat the scaremongering about the virus by forming groups to help each other under the title “caremongering”. The trend started in Toronto, where … Continue reading “Word of the Moment: Caremongering”

Orange Shirt Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 September 2019 >

In Canada, 30 September is marked as Orange Shirt Day, in support of the generations of First Nations children who were separated from their families and sent to Residential Schools where they were banned from speaking their languages or following their cultures. This resource accompanies Shine Bright 2de Snapfile 11 First Nations Territories. It includes … Continue reading “Orange Shirt Day”

Sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 19 September 2019 > What's On

The literary event of the year in the Anglophone world is Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale 34 years after the original. The Testaments was released worldwide on 10 September to scenes reminiscent of Harry Potter book launches. Fans queued up at bookshops to buy the book at midnight and enjoy themed events. The … Continue reading “Sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale””

Pancake Day Digital Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 05 March 2019 > Webpicks

If you’re looking for videos on Pancake Day (AKA Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday), come this way! There are two A1+-level  videos  with interactive comprehension activities about Pancake Day in the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. To see the resources, register now or log in: Vidéos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > … Continue reading “Pancake Day Digital Resources”