Tuesday 23rd March

1. While I was exploring the LSE website the other day, I came across the very clear, three-minute-long video on (the right-hand side of) this page explaining How the US Government Works: https://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player and I’d been hoping to find a twin video on how the UK government works to go with it – but I haven’t found one yet. I’ll keep looking. Let me know if you know of one, please! How about asking your students to produce a similar video on how government works in your country?

2. This one’s a little technical, and you may like to skim the summary and conclusions sections. The latest Bell Foundation https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/ research report, English as an Additional Language, Proficiency in English and rate of progression: Pupil, school and LA (local authority) variation, is the last in a series of four investigating the relationships between English as an Additional Language (EAL), Proficiency in English (PIE) and educational achievement at school. https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/eal-programme/research/english-as-an-additional-language-proficiency-in-english-and-rate-of-progression-pupil-school-and-la-variation/ PDF attached below. One of the report’s findings is that funding is typically available – in the UK, at least – for half as long as is necessary.

It’s well worth exploring the resources available on the Bell Foundation site, which include Macbeth for beginner EAL students – there’s quite a lot to unpack in that choice of text for that group of learners, I think. You’ll need to register.

3. Jamie Duncan is presenting the next seminar in the Lancaster Literary Research Centre series, Researching Protest Literacies, at 13:00 UK time on Friday 26th March, on his research in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and what happens when protest ‘gets in the way’ of one’s fieldwork. More details and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/researching-protest-literacies-tickets-142844518801

4. And, finally, an experimental film mentioned by a colleague this morning, Koyaanisqatsi https://youtu.be/v6-K-arVl-U It’s all about balance – or the lack of it – between our own way of life and the rest of the natural world. Sound track by Philip Glass.

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