Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 March 2019 > In the News

Students from across the New Zealand city gathered for a vigil in honour of those who were killed or injured in the Christchurch mosque shootings. They performed an emotional haka together. The vigil, one of several which have taken place, was organised by Okirano Tilaia, the Head Boy of nearby Cashmere High School. At least … Continue reading “Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims”

Labor Day: Back to School

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 22 July 2017 > Celebrate

The Labor Day holiday weekend signals the end of summer for Americans. Although it takes place at the beginning of September, and the hot weather may continue for weeks, after Labor Day, schools start again it feels like the summer vacation has ended. Labor Day is the U.S. version of May Day in most other … Continue reading “Labor Day: Back to School”

Students Demand Gun Control

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 28 February 2018 > In the News

After yet another school shooting in the U.S.A., surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Texas, are calling for gun control. Their calls have already sparked plans for action such as a national march and two planned school walkouts. On 14 February, a 19-year-old former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … Continue reading “Students Demand Gun Control”

School of the Air in Australia

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 30 August 2017 > Ready to Use

In this A2 article your students will discover the special distance-learning schools which provide classes for children in the Australian Outback who live hundreds or even thousands of kilometres from the nearest school. We suggest going further with two downloadable short videos. For full listening-comprehension they require a B1 level, but there is plenty that … Continue reading “School of the Air in Australia”

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”

Labor Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 22 July 2016 > Ready to Use

This easy A1+ article and audio will introduce your pupils to a holiday which is one of the most celebrated in the U.S.A., but not well-known outside the country: Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September and marks the beginning of the school year. Vocabulary and Structures celebrations food dates present simple … Continue reading “Labor Day”

My New School

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 07 June 2017 > Ready to Use

This A1-level activity will help you introduce or revise some basic school vocabulary at the beginning of the school year. Pupils can type in the vocabulary directly onto the image on the interactive pdf, or you can print it out and ask them to write the words in. Vocabulary and structures school buildings and equipment … Continue reading “My New School”

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”