Happy St Patrick’s!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 05 March 2018 > Celebrate

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is the Irish national day. But there are many communities of Irish origin around the world and on St Paddy’s Day, everyone is Irish! There is a large Irish community in the U.S. and the parades in Chicago and New York are famous. The Chicago River, and the Liffey in … Continue reading “Happy St Patrick’s!”

Kwanzaa Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 21 December 2017 > Webpicks

If you’d like to introduce your pupils to the annual African-American  celebration Kwanzaa, from 26 December to 1 January, these articles, an audio sketch and festive music interactive can help you. This interactive feature from the Smithsonian has examples of celebration songs from different cultures in the U.S.A. and around the world. Click on number … Continue reading “Kwanzaa Webpicks”

Audio and Video Resources for Halloween

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 October 2017 > Webpicks

Halloween is a popular celebration with pupils, and it can be a great way to introduce some English-speaking culture. Get into the Halloween spirit with these videos and audio recordings about costumes, face-painting, trick or treating and games. Explore Halloween in the U.S.A., Canada and the U.K. And get thoroughly scared with spooky songs about … Continue reading “Audio and Video Resources for Halloween”

Happy Kwanzaa

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 21 December 2017 > Celebrate

In the U.S.A., the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving at the end of November and encompasses Christmas and New Year. For over 50 years, African Americans have had another holiday to celebrate: Kwanzaa, from 26 December to 1 January. The celebration was conceived by a civil-rights activist and doctoral student in African studies at the … Continue reading “Happy Kwanzaa”

Merry Christmas Jumper Day!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 13 November 2017 > Celebrate

Like Red Nose Day, Christmas Jumper Day is becoming a tradition for British people to do something silly – wear a kitschy Christmas jumper — to do some serious good, for the charity Save the Children. Christmas is of course a special time for children, which is why the charity wants people to donate to … Continue reading “Merry Christmas Jumper Day!”

Happy English Language Day!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 13 October 2017 > Celebrate

On 13 October 1362 the English Parliament was opened for the first time in English rather than Latin or Norman French. Which is why The English Project charity promotes 13 October as English Language Day. Their aim is to celebrate English as a living, evolving language spoken as a first or second language by 2 … Continue reading “Happy English Language Day!”

Organising a Modern Languages Week

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 May 2017 > Pedagogy

La Semaine des Langues du Lycée Fulbert (Chartres 28) a connu en septembre dernier sa onzième édition. Il s’agit d’une semaine durant laquelle les élèves arrivant en 2nde au lycée sont répartis par petits groupes (18 à 20 groupes de 15 à 20 élèves environ) et pratiquent les langues vivantes de manière intensive. L’ensemble des … Continue reading “Organising a Modern Languages Week”

May the 4th Be With You!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 03 May 2017 > In the News

May 4 is international “Star Wars” Day in honour of the pun on this date: “May the fourth be with you.”
  In the movies the phrase “May the Force be with you” is used to wish an individual good luck and good favour with The Force. Since it began in 1977, Star Wars, an epic space … Continue reading “May the 4th Be With You!”

Celebrate Modern Languages

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 May 2017 > Pedagogy

Du 15 au 20 mai 2017 aura lieu la deuxième édition de la semaine des langues vivantes. L’apprentissage des langues vivantes étrangères et régionales tient une place fondamentale dans la construction de la citoyenneté, l’enrichissement de la personnalité et l’ouverture au monde. La semaine des langues a pour objectif de faire prendre conscience à tous … Continue reading “Celebrate Modern Languages”

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”