Making Mardi Gras Covid-Safe in New Orleans

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 February 2021 > Celebrate

When it was announced that its famous Mardi Gras parades were being cancelled because of Covid restrictions, New Orleans residents decided to find new ways to honour the tradition. Mardi Gras celebrations are an important part of Louisiana’s French heritage, and normally attract tourists from around the world. Mardi Gras kicks off King Day (Twelfth … Continue reading “Making Mardi Gras Covid-Safe in New Orleans”

The Unknown Warrior 100 Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 November 2020 > Celebrate

The First World War was so devastating, countries were at a loss to know how to commemorate their dead. A hundred years ago, two years after the Armistice, Britain’s King George V inaugurated the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Cathedral, to honour all the anonymous fallen. Although the war had mobilised vast numbers … Continue reading “The Unknown Warrior 100 Years On”

Feelgood Music

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 06 April 2020 > Ready to Use

Music has great power to inspire us and lift our mood. Which we could all do with  a bit of at the moment. We were trying to think of work to set pupils at home that was positive and good for the soul: what better than a little soul music?  So here is the first … Continue reading “Feelgood Music”

Sport Relief Teaching Materials

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > Webpicks

Sport Relief is from 9 to 13 March in the UK. Like its twin, Red Nose Day, it has always had a big educational element. Schools participate massively in fundraising, but the charity also provides lots of teaching materials so classes can learn about the problems Sport Relief funds are helping to tackle. The schools’ … Continue reading “Sport Relief Teaching Materials”

Born Again

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 05 October 2018 > What's On

A Star is Born stars Bradley Cooper and music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major film. Cooper makes his directorial debut with this third remake of a classic Tinseltown story. In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper (“Very Bad Trip “, “Happiness Therapy”, “American Sniper”, “American … Continue reading “Born Again”

Sport Relief Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 March 2018 > Webpicks

From schools playing Harry Potter-inspired quidditch matches, to mass runs and cycles, Sport Relief (17-23 March) provides plenty of themes for language learning: charities and solidarity, sport, exercise and health. Schools participate massively in Sport Relief, so there are lots of teaching resources. The ones for primary schools are best adapted for language learners. This … Continue reading “Sport Relief 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”

Christmas on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 09 December 2016 > Webpicks

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Before the winter holidays, why not do a little cultural comparisons, looking at how Christmas is celebrated in English speaking countries in the northern and southern hemisphere? These digital resources will help you. There is are several videos and audio recordings with interactive comprehension activities about Christmas in the … Continue reading “Christmas on the Web”