Audio and Video Resources for Thanksgiving

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 17 November 2020 > Webpicks

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving even under lockdown, it’s a good time to introduce, or remind pupils about this major event in the U.S. calendar, and give them a little refresher about the foundation of the United States. These video and audio resources are just what you need. You can find  these videos and audio recordings … Continue reading “Audio and Video Resources for Thanksgiving”

The Voyage of the Mayflower

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 31 August 2020 > Celebrate

On 16 September 1620, a ship set sail from Plymouth, England on a voyage that became part of the foundation myth of the U.S.A. The Mayflower carried Puritan religious dissenters called the Pilgrims and the colony they founded in Plymouth, Massachusetts has taken on mythical status. Plymouth wasn’t the first British settlement in the future … Continue reading “The Voyage of the Mayflower”

The Mayflower 400 Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 August 2020 > Ready to Use

Four hundred years ago, on 16 September 1620, the Mayflower set sail from England, carrying the Pilgrim Fathers (and Mothers!) to found the first permanent British colony in North America. This A1+ article gives very basic information, to allow young learners to start building up a cultural competence about the founding of the U.S.A., Puritans … Continue reading “The Mayflower 400 Years On”

Fourth of July in Lockdown

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 01 July 2020 > Celebrate

U.S. Independence Day will be a subdued affair this year due to Coronavirus but celebrations will take place. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs decided to mark the event with a video available in English and eight other languages. It’s a simple introduction to the event for students from A1+ (reading … Continue reading “Fourth of July in Lockdown”

Juneteenth

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 14 June 2020 > Celebrate

June 19 is marked in Texas and 41 other states as the commemoration of the end of slavery. Another “independence day” that grew spontaneously out of an accidental date, and flourished thanks to former slaves.  On June 19, 1865, news of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas, … Continue reading “Juneteenth”

Sioux Want to Stop Covid-19 Entering Reservations

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 11 May 2020 > In the News

Two Native American tribes are in a standoff with South Dakota governor Kristi Noem over checkpoints the tribes have erected to try to limit exposure to Covid-19 on their reservations. The tribes say it’s a question of life and death since centuries of neglect mean their medical services are too limited to cope with an … Continue reading “Sioux Want to Stop Covid-19 Entering Reservations”

U.S. Presidential Marathon

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 03 February 2020 > In the News

The race to the White House is heating up, but there’s still a long way to go to the 3 November election. Because in this year’s election  the incumbent President, Republican Donald Trump, is standing again, most of the focus so far has been on the campaign to become the Democratic candidate. Some hopefuls declared … Continue reading “U.S. Presidential Marathon”

Caucus vs Primary

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 03 February 2020 > In the News

Traditionally, the U.S. presidential election primary season starts off not with a primary but with a caucus. What’s the difference? Both primaries and caucuses are a way to choose candidates for a party’s election campaign. Not only party members vote – all voters can choose to register as Democrat or Republican when they sign up … Continue reading “Caucus vs Primary”

Thanksgiving Stories

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 22 November 2019 > Webpicks

A Thanksgiving intergenerational project in the U.S.A. would make an excellent language activity anywhere. StoryCorps is an innovative oral history project that has been recording ordinary Americans having conversations with people they love since 2003. The concept is simple: the mobile StoryCorps recording booth sets up in a town. Anyone who wants to can come … Continue reading “Thanksgiving Stories”