Monday 1st February

1. This LanguageCert event with Russell Stannard and Nik Peachey looks promising, and there are two chances to catch it: Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 07:30 UK time and Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 15:00 UK time: PDF of programme attached below.

As a bonus, here’s Russell’s home page: and here’s Nik’s: I could imagine that a number of you already have both bookmarked!

2. Curious Kids Live: join us to learn about rainforests is a webinar from The Conversation at 14:00 UK time on Thursday, 4th February. You can watch the webinar live on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter, and they’ll be aiming to answer as many questions from children about rainforests as they can.

Might be nice to have one or two children with first-hand knowledge of rainforests take part?

3. Here’s one to move some of us a little out of our comfort zone? Swansea University are hosting a webinar by Sin Wang Chong of Queen’s University Belfast on The role of feedback literacy in written corrective feedback research: An ecological and sociomaterial turn at 13:00 on Wednesday. Click here by 9am on Wednesday, Feb 3 to request the Zoom link:

The abstract says: Feedback literacy is a vibrant field of research in higher education. Underpinning feedback literacy is the shift of conceptualisation of feedback from a product to a process in which learner engagement is key. In this talk, I will provide an overview on the development of feedback literacy research and discuss how feedback literacy can open up new avenues for written corrective feedback research, especially from ecological and sociomaterial perspectives.

Puzzles me slightly that there are people out there who haven’t yet worked out that learner engagement in the feedback process is key, though!

4. And, finally, this sounds fun: the ENACT web app “helps you to learn languages through cultural activities around the world and explain to people how to carry out your favourite cultural activity in your own language. Example cultural activities can be Origami in Japanese or how to carve pumpkins for Halloween in English”.

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