Bit of a focus on spoken language this week.
1. Practical Advice on Teaching English Pronunciation for a Global World: Teaching Towards International Intelligibility is the title of a webinar by Robin Walker for Oxford University Press at either 09:30 or 17:30 UK time next Wednesday, 2nd December. More info here https://elt.oup.com/events/global/Practical-Tips-for-Teaching-Pronunciation-in-the-English-Language-Classroom?cc=us&selLanguage=en
2. Two TeachingEnglish webinars in broadly the same area as Robin Walker’s above with colleagues from British Council Sri Lanka next Monday, 29th November, one at 11:00 UK time and the other at 12:15 UK time, Teaching Early Years Online and Phonics for teachers of Early Years More info and registration here https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-early-years-online-phonics-teachers-early-years
I rather doubt that my colleagues in Colombo (or anywhere else) teach Received Pronunciation; here’s more on that topic, including a wonderful recording of Lady Silvia Beatrice Coke! https://www.bl.uk/british-accents-and-dialects/articles/received-pronunciation
3. Here’s the cover story from the new edition of Multilingual about the founder of the ‘language data network’ TAUS, Jaap van der Meer https://multilingual.com/issues/november-december-2021/jaap-van-der-meer/ I willingly admit to being slightly intimidated by seventy-nine-year-olds who “frequently bike 70 kms to work”, if ‘bike’ means ‘cycle’.
One of the other pieces looks at something I’d not heard of before – that’s unusual, I don’t hear you say! – the Inglehart–Welzel Cultural Map https://multilingual.com/issues/november-december-2021/inglehart-welzel-are-belgium-and-the-united-states-truly-cultural-neighbors/ Here’s the map itself https://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/photos/EV000190.JPG Click to enlarge.
Rest of the new issue here https://multilingual.com/issues/november-december-2021/
4. And, finally, I mentioned this FutureLearn course back in August, Multilingual Learning for a Globalised World but I think it merits another mention, as it’s available at present (in a self-access version) and a number of people have said they enjoyed doing it https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/multilingual