Thursday 11th February

1. Here’s the latest newsletter from the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in Graz: If I’m honest, I often groan when a newsletter of this length lands in my inbox, but I never groan when the ECML one arrives – there’s always two or three items of interest. You can subscribe here:

This time round I noticed the item on the ECRML (not to be confused with the EC -no ‘R’- ML), the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Here’s the ECRML website: and here’s a link to the page where they list the languages they protect: I’ve attached a PDF of the list of languages below, and what really strikes me is how short that list is for Europe! How long would the comparable lists for other continents be, I wonder?

Another item that caught my eye was the one on UNESCO’s ‘Mother Language Day’ (Not a term I’d come across before: ‘mother tongue’, yes, but not ‘mother language’: maybe a straightforward translation of langue maternelle in French?) This year’s theme is Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society and here’s a link to register: PDF of programme also attached below.

2. I thought this was a really good, engaging, inspiring story about the 2021 TESOL-National Geographic Learning Teacher of the Year Khanh-Duc Kuttig and her professional journey: (How well does the expression “I am really, really chuffed” travel, I wonder – does the expression mean anything in the USA?)

More on the award here:

3. I hope most of you found something of interest in the British Council Teacher Educator newsletter I shared yesterday. I couldn’t find the link to the page where you can subscribe yesterday, so here it is today: You can subscribe to both the teacher educator newsletter and the teacher newsletter, should you so wish.

4. And, finally, here’s some more Amanda Gorman, her mould-breaking Superbowl performance:

plus a piece from the New York Times with a bit more background

which includes (right at the very bottom) this link to a piece, with videos, of ten young black poets whose work might engage your students (and their teachers!)

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