Monday, 13th December

1. Try to find a little time tomorrow between 08:30 and 16:15 UK time to pop in to the live stream of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) annual colloquium on The future of language education in the light of Covid – lessons learned and ways forward: https://vimeo.com/event/1634631

Programme here https://www.ecml.at/Portals/1/6MTP/future-of-language-education/ECML-Colloquium-programme-2021-EN.pdf

and more background info here https://www.ecml.at/ECML-Programme/Programme2020-2023/Thefutureoflanguageeducation/tabid/5491/Default.aspx

Maybe try the ‘Expert Panel’ at 15:05 UK time on ‘Where to from here?’, where all the panellists in my experience talk good sense in their different ways!

Also below, PDFs of the ECML publication A Guide to Language Education in Pandemic situations – and beyond and the colloquium programme below.

2. Lynda Taylor is giving the next UCL online seminar on Wednesday, 15th December at 12:00 UK time on Reframing the discourse and rhetoric of testing and assessment for the public square. Testing and assessment became very hot political potatoes in the UK (and many other countries) during the pandemic. PDF of Lynda’s abstract below and registration here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8syJjiCoQHGJ5iTAcFN-BOUTnRXUcOMOfOAfMfzqTD3SB4w/viewform

3. See what your older students – and you! – make of this speech at Chatham House in London by Liz Truss, the UK Foreign Secretary (Minister) last Wednesday on the UK’s foreign policy priorities https://www.chathamhouse.org/events/all/members-event/foreign-secretary-liz-truss-and-uks-foreign-policy-priorities

Transcript here https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/foreign-secretary-liz-truss-building-the-network-of-liberty

(Does anyone else find the earrings distracting?)

4. And, finally, listen to this https://youtu.be/KRyLw1aK5oA while looking at this https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/5531

And if you get really interested, try this https://youtu.be/VLPDeUiZ_Rk

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