Scottish Independence Back on the Agenda

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 May 2021 > In the News

After elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party has emerged the leading party for the fourth consecutive election, achieving just one seat short of a majority in an electoral system specifically designed not to produce overall majorities. The party of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had campaigned on the promise of a new independence … Continue reading “Scottish Independence Back on the Agenda”

Time to Escape

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 26 April 2021 > Pedagogy

Immerse your students in an adventure that will get them working in teams, and in English, without even noticing! Three escape games set in a haunted Scottish castle, on the Titanic and in London during evacuation from the Blitz are easy to put in place and full of cultural content for cycle 4. The Escape … Continue reading “Time to Escape”

Scotland’s Birth Certificate

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 06 May 2020 > Celebrate

Seven hundred years ago, Scotland’s most powerful lords wrote a letter that many consider the country’s foundational document: The Declaration of Arbroath. In it, they swore they would never submit to English rule. In 1320, Scotland was in the midst of the Wars of Independence with its southern neighbour. After William Wallace’s ultimately doomed rebellion … Continue reading “Scotland’s Birth Certificate”

Go Scottish for St Andrews

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 25 November 2018 > Celebrate

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, is the Scottish national day. It’s a time to wear some tartan, listen to some bagpipes playing “Oh Flower of Scotland”, dance a Highland fling and eat some haggis and shortbread with a wee glass of malt whisky! A typical Scottish expression at this time of year is, “The nights … Continue reading “Go Scottish for St Andrews”

Golf 101

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 30 August 2018 > Celebrate

One of golf’s biggest competitions is coming to France for the first time: the Ryder Cup will take place from 25-30 September. The competition pits the twelve best male golfers in Europe and the U.S.A. against each other every two years. And the Junior Cup is for the 12 best under-18-year-old players from each continent, … Continue reading “Golf 101”

Robert Burns Digital Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 25 January 2018 > Webpicks

Scots celebrate their national poet, Robert Burns, on 25 January each year. These ebooks are useful for classroom work about the poet and the event. To find out more about Burns Night, check out Visitscotland’s ebook “Hold Your Own Burns Supper”, which includes recipes, information about the poet and a great video of traditional ceilidh … Continue reading “Robert Burns Digital Resources”

Toasting Robert Burns

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 25 January 2018 > Celebrate

Not many countries have an annual celebration of their national poet. In fact not all countries have a national poet. But Scotland does and millions of people around the world celebrate him on Burns Night every 25 January. The adoption of Robert Burns (1759-1796) as national poet was a natural, organic process born or real … Continue reading “Toasting Robert Burns”

Unicorn Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 April 2017 > Celebrate

On 9 April, Scotland celebrates National Unicorn Day, in honour of the country’s national animal. Unicorns may be mythical creatures but that doesn’t stop them being represented all over Scotland, and in the country’s coat of arms. This 2m willow sculpture was created specially for National Unicorn Day by artist Woody Fox, and has been … Continue reading “Unicorn Day”

Up Helly Aa Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 19 January 2017 > Webpicks

The highpoint of the cultural calendar in the Shetlands, Scotland, is a spectacular Viking fire festival in January: Up Helly Aa. This video and photo galleries are useful for discussing the festival.  Find out more about the celebration in our article. In this video, an American man with Shetland roots describes discovering Up Helly Aa … Continue reading “Up Helly Aa Webpicks”