Talking About the U.S. Midterms

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 October 2018 > Webpicks

If you’d like to discuss the American midterm elections with your classes, we have selected some great teaching resources. This 1’30” video from Voice of America News is short and to the point. It’s usable for written comprehension (there’s no voiceover or dialogue). Usable from A2. This BBC video is 2’25” and is a simple-ish … Continue reading “Talking About the U.S. Midterms”

Mexico Olympics Black Power Protest Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 16 October 2018 > Webpicks

The silent protest of two African American athletes on the podium at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in civil-rights history. We’ve selected some teaching tools for language classes on the Black Power protest. In 2016, the prestigious Smithsonian opened a new, and long-awaited museum, the National Museum of African American History and … Continue reading “Mexico Olympics Black Power Protest Video”

Black Power at the 1968 Olympics Fifty Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 16 October 2018 > Celebrate

Fifty years after the Mexico Olympics, when African-American medallists Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a Black Power salute to protest at discrimination, all three men on the podium that day have been recognised for their courage. On 16 October, 1968, two American sprinters made a symbolic gesture that became an iconic image of fight … Continue reading “Black Power at the 1968 Olympics Fifty Years On”

Kneeling for His Rights

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 27 July 2018 > In the News

NFL American football star Colin Kaepernick brought attention to Black Lives Matter’s protests about police brutality towards African Americans with his silent protests, kneeling instead of standing when “The Star-Spangled Banner” played before NFL games. Two years on, Kaepernick has been frozen out of the football league but has won two major human-rights awards for … Continue reading “Kneeling for His Rights”

Protesting for Change

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > Ready to Use

Get ahead for the new school year! This A2+-level article can be used in parallel with the warm-up activities implemented at the beginning of the school year, as it deals with the Pledge of Allegiance in every school in the U.S.A, as a daily patriotic ritual, as well as recent protests against the national anthem at … Continue reading “Protesting for Change”

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”

From #MeToo to “Oprah for President”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 12 January 2018 > In the News

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal was revealed by The New York Times on 5 October, the movement to denounce sexual harassment has swept across America and the world. Spreading far beyond Hollywood, women from all walks of life have spoken out saying #MeToo, #YoTambien or #balancetonporc. The New York Times investigation detailed numerous accusations of … Continue reading “From #MeToo to “Oprah for President””