Australian Identity Crisis

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 29 January 2018 > In the News

On 26 January every year, ceremonies are held all over Australia to welcome new citizens as part of Australia Day celebrations. But the 2018 national day was overshadowed by debates about citizenship, and about finding a date for Australia Day that is less offensive to Aboriginal people. Citizenship was a major issue in the Australian … Continue reading “Australian Identity Crisis”

Thanksgiving

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 14 October 2017 > Celebrate

Many in the U.S. consider Thanksgiving the most American of holidays. The feast appeals to every religious and ethnic group, honours a turning point in American history, and encourages a spirit of good will. Plus, Thanksgiving offers one of the best meals of the year! In 1620, a group of 102 British people men, women … Continue reading “Thanksgiving”

Princess Diana

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 September 2017 > Ready to Use

In this A1+ article, your students will read a very short biography of Princess Diana. They may already know a few things about the British Royal Family, some of them may have heard about Prince William’s wife and children in particular. This worksheet can be used as part of a unit about family and friends, … Continue reading “Princess Diana”

Diana: 20 Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 August 2017 > In the News

In both her life and her death, Diana, Princess of Wales, had a very special place in the British public’s hearts. Twenty years after the tragic car accident which killed her in Paris at the age of just 36, her two sons, and her admirers, are looking back on her legacy. Diana’s death on 31 … Continue reading “Diana: 20 Years On”

Sorry Day Teaching Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 May 2017 > Webpicks

Reconciliation Australia is an NGO set up to facilitate reconciliation between the wider Australian population and Indigenous Australians. They have a very attractive learning section on their Share Our Pride website which includes the following videos. It’s perfect for a theme about Indigenous Australians and/or Sorry Day. This is a relatively simple, short explanation (less … Continue reading “Sorry Day Teaching Resources”

Saying Sorry

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 May 2017 > Celebrate

For more than 150 years, tens of thousands of Australian Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. On 26 May, Australia recognises and commemorates this injustice on Sorry Day. Policies of “assimilating” indigenous children started early in the British colonial period in the nineteenth century. It accelerated and became more systematic from … Continue reading “Saying Sorry”

Win 1500 Euros for a Class Project About Australia

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 November 2016 > Pedagogy

Collège and lycée classes can participate in the Sadlier Stokes Prize about Australia’s participation in World War I. Lieutenant Clifford Sadlier and Sergeant Charlie Stokes of the 5th Australia Division, were decorated for their bravery in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, on 24 April, 1918. The town was strategic in the German plans to attack … Continue reading “Win 1500 Euros for a Class Project About Australia”

Battle of the Somme WWI Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 September 2016 > Webpicks

The Battle of the Somme in 1916 was a tragic turning point in World War One for British and Empire forces. There are many on-going commemorations planned from 1 July to 18 November. And the British Legion, British Council and other organisations have prepared excellent tools to help teachers use this theme in the classroom. … Continue reading “Battle of the Somme WWI Webpicks”

The Battle of the Somme 1916

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 24 August 2016 > Celebrate

The Battle of the Somme in 1916 was a tragic turning point in World War One for British and Empire forces. There are many on-going commemorations from 1 July to 18 November to mark the centenary of the battle. The Battle of the Somme was launched to try to provide relief for the French Army, which … Continue reading “The Battle of the Somme 1916”