Friday, 23rd April

1. Next Wednesday, 28th April, sees the launch of the first of three modules in the Climate Action in Language Education professional development series for teachers: Introducing climate change issues into language teaching classes https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/climate-action-language-education-module-1-introducing-climate-change-issues-language

A number of you, I know, watched yesterday’s session on this topic at the English UK Teachers Day, but if you missed it, like I did, here’s the recording https://youtu.be/yGlRo8OxMlY and here’s the slides http://bit.ly/220421ELT How’s that for service?

2. If you feel like something a little more hard-core academic, next Tuesday, 27th April, at 16:15 UK time Hamish Chalmers from Oxford University is giving a talk on the International Database of Education Systematic Reviews (IDESR): What? Why? How? and to What Ends? in Reading University’s weekly series of Applied Linguistic talks. “To understand the state of our knowledge on any particular topic within education it is necessary to consider the findings of multiple studies together. The most robust way to do this is to conduct a systematic review.” More details in the JPG below; you need to write to Rodney Jones at r.h.jones@reading.ac.uk to book your place.

3. Next Wednesday, 28th April, at 13:00 UK time the OECD are hosting a webinar with Education International and UNESCO on Rethinking the classroom after COVID-19. More info and a registration link here https://meetoecd1.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1QU5tgaxQd28msUX3mXHyQ

If, like me, you’ve not come across Education International before, here’s their website https://www.ei-ie.org/en/ They have an interesting history behind them https://www.ei-ie.org/en/detail_page/15179/origins-and-history

4. And, finally, if it was Hay on Wednesday, it has to be Edinburgh today! Not the full festival this time, though, but a series of free events with the six author and translator pairings shortlisted for the International Booker Prize https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on plus a bit more info on the shortlist here https://thebookerprizes.com/international-booker/2021

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