Labor Day Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 04 September 2017 > Webpicks

The first Monday in September is Labor Day in U.S. and Canada and heralds the beginning of the school year. This 1-minute video presentation explains the holiday. Perfect for a quick injection of Anglophone culture! It’s an animated slideshow with written text rather than voiceover and can be used from A2. It presents the holiday, … Continue reading “Labor Day Video”

Canada C3 Expedition Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 June 2017 > Webpicks

The C3 Expedition is participating in the Canada 150 celebrations. The 150-day expedition following Canada’s three coasts from east to west, and visiting many different communities on the way. These video and audio resources will on communities the expedition will visit and on visiting the Arctic are perfect for using this theme in class. These … Continue reading “Canada C3 Expedition Webpicks”

Celebrating Canada

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 03 June 2017 > Celebrate

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. July 1 marks the 150 years since Confederation, when the British colonies in modern day Canada joined to form the self-governing British Dominion of Canada. June and July are already months when Canadians take time to appreciate their country. This year, they will push the appreciation to another level. Canada … Continue reading “Celebrating Canada”

All Around Canada to Celebrate 150 Years

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 03 June 2017 > In the News

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. One of the highlights is a 150-day expedition following Canada’s three coasts from East to West. More than 300 Canadians have been selected to participate in the different legs of the maritime expedition, including 33 Youth Ambassadors representing Canada’s young people. July 1 2017 marks the 150th anniversary … Continue reading “All Around Canada to Celebrate 150 Years”

Prom Time

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 02 June 2017 > Celebrate

Prom is an end-of-year tradition in North American schools, and a rite of passage for teenagers. It has spread across the Atlantic. Most British schools now organise some kind of end-of-school, prom-style dance. Proms started out as banquets for graduating university classes in the 19th century. Prom is short for “promenade”, the formal arrival of … Continue reading “Prom Time”

Exploring Canada to Celebrate 150 Years

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 02 June 2017 > Ready to Use

This B1-level article is a great opportunity to focus on the diversity of a unique English-speaking country: Canada. It sheds light on a part of its history, population and geography, introducing pupils to young people participating in an expedition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of independence.  Vocabulary and structures Cultural and historical aspect with specific … Continue reading “Exploring Canada to Celebrate 150 Years”

Ecology on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 April 2017 > Webpicks

Looking for interesting resources on the environment for Earth Day or any day? Don’t miss our Ready to Use Resource, and video suggestions, on a teenage, Native American eco-warrior. We’ve also selected some resources from around the web to help you. Ever since the first Earth Day in 1970, one of the main purposes of … Continue reading “Ecology on the Web”

Earth Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 April 2017 > Celebrate

This year on Earth Day, April 22, Washington D.C. will lead many other cities around the world in a March for Science. The organisers say that more than ever scientists need to be supported in the face of climate-change sceptics. As Earth Day approaches its 50th anniversary, the planet’s environment is still under threat. Since … Continue reading “Earth Day”

Eco-Warrior

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 April 2017 > Ready to Use

This A2+-level article sheds light on ways to take part in environmental issues, through the eyes of a teenage Native American boy very committed to ecology. As well as A2+ activities, we have suggested some B1 extensions and videos for use with mixed-level or more advanced classes. This is  an excellent topic for an EPI … Continue reading “Eco-Warrior”

Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 17 March 2017 > In the News

Canada pioneered an experiment on a universal basic income for all citizens in the 1970s. Now, one province, Ontario, has promised another trial. And other countries or regions are also toying with a basic income for all. In 1974, when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister, the federal government and Manitoba Province launched a four-year minimum … Continue reading “Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?”