Monday, 10th May

1. Lots of good stuff on the IATEFL events page, where the large majority of events are still free to non-members https://www.iatefl.org/events Coming up this week is a TEA (Testing, Evaluation & Assessment) SIG & ESP (English for Specific Purposes) SIG event: ‘Content or Language: Do you Know Which One You’re Assessing?’ I suspect the answer to that question is – or would often be, if we asked ourselves the question – ‘No, now that I stop to think about it!”

More info here https://www.iatefl.org/events/223 and registration link here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BmujUAvrS8K-ORWGt4Q3cw

2. The UKFIET blog is well worth an occasional visit https://www.ukfiet.org/blog/ Featured on the front page at present are a piece by Emma Wagner of Save the Children on their new report, Action Towards Increased Quality Education for Internally Displaced Children – PDF below;

a piece by a UK-Ethiopia team on the widening of the education divide in Ethiopia caused by the pandemic;

and two thought-provoking pieces on diversity and the notion of ‘building back better’ by Yvette Hutchinson and Ruth Naylor, respectively.

3. What is to be Done About Fake News in Politics? is the title of an LSE event this Wednesday, 12th May at 17:00 UK time: “fake news is widely believed to have played a major role in the election of President Donald Trump, the outcome of the Brexit Referendum, and in general threatens the healthy functioning of news media in modern democracy”, says the event blurb. What can we do about it? More info and registration link here https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/2021/05/202105121700/news

4. And, finally, from the archives of Cambridge Assessment, a glimpse of exam board activity in 1938 in the months leading up to the start of the Second World War when an exam pass was literally a matter of life and death for some people https://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/Images/598087-research-matters-30-autumn-2020.pdf PDF below and link to the Research Matters home page here https://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/our-research/all-published-resources/research-matters/

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