Wednesday, 12th January

1. Something for your students or children, probably, on the (I hope reasonable) assumption that not too many under-30s read this message: Youthwise is the OECD’s ‘Youth Advisory Board’ and applications are now being accepted. More info here https://www.oecd.org/about/civil-society/youth/youthwise/  and registration here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YNKX23 PDF with more info below

and here’s more on OECD work with youth https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/en/youth

Me, I’ve never quite come to terms with the fact that you can be 30 and still qualify as ‘youth’.

2. A treasure trove from King’s College London, Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies https://kcl.academia.edu/WorkingPapersinUrbanLanguageLiteracies

PDFs of one by Ben Rampton, Sociolinguistics: 50+ years in under 10 minutes, and one by Pippa Sterk, Navigating airport security as a Person of Colour, below. If you register with https://www.academia.edu/ (for free) you can download them all and a whole lot more besides.

3. Two good recent pieces on the Cambridge University Press and Assessment website:

Diary insights into teaching during lockdown https://www.cambridge.org/news-and-insights/insights/teachers-diaries

and Why don’t we just put our high stakes exams on screen? https://cambunipress.prod.acquia-sites.com/news-and-insights/insights/Why-don%E2%80%99t-we-just-put-our-high-stakes-exams-on-screen

4. PMQs – Prime Minister’s Questions – was an especially bruising encounter for Boris Johnson today:  https://youtu.be/Sh9yEhbYZyE Starts just shy of eleven minutes in.

5. And, finally, Pride or Prejudice: How we Read Now – three half-hour BBC Radio 4 programmes on Reading, Teaching and Writing Novels with Abigail Williams from Oxford University https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010x29

Did Elizabeth Bennet or Fitzwilliam Darcy suffer from this week’s phobia, pistanthrophobia, I wonder? Or any other characters here? https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2013/jan/05/jane-austen-10-best-characters

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