Thursday 18th March

1. The next in NILE’s Insights series is on Critical Perspectives in ELT, at 16:00 UK time on Tuesday, 23rd March, and investigates how and why might language teachers incorporate social justice education into their language teaching practice?

More info here https://www.nile-elt.com/news/nile-insights-critical-perspectives-in-elt/887 and a registration link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nile-insights-critical-perspectives-in-elt-registration-144985428319 Jason Skeet chairing; Rose Aylett, Maria Heron and Alan Pulverness discussing. (No Simon Smith – he’s just a pretty face on this occasion!)

2.  Lots of new, interesting stuff on the UKFIET blog https://www.ukfiet.org/blog/ since last I mentioned it, including pieces on Vietnam, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, working with refugee language students, and this set of videos on the Abidjan Principles https://www.ukfiet.org/2021/second-anniversary-of-the-abidjan-principles-video-series/

Start with video #5 if you want a quick (animated!) introduction to the Abidjan Principles https://youtu.be/bbVyjGztGBQ

 3. This year’s NATESOL Annual Conference will be on Saturday 15th May, which is a little while away. The call for papers, however, closes on 2nd April. More info here https://natesol.wordpress.com/annual-conference-2021/ and in the two attachments below. If your paper is accepted, I’ll pay your £5 fee from my savings on commuting to work over the last year. I did ask Tony Picot for his usual joke, but I was disappointed to receive the following reply: Sorry. Too busy with my new hobby to think of a joke. I’ve taken up blindfold archery. If you’ve never tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing! 

4. And, finally, are you a super-recogniser? https://theconversation.com/super-recognisers-some-people-excel-at-both-face-and-voice-recognition-156817

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