Wednesday, 2nd March

Back from Yorkshire, reinvigorated!

1. This MOOC on How to teach pronunciation started yesterday; you can still enrol! https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-pathways-how-teach-pronunciation

The rubric says, “In this practical 4-week online course, you will increase your understanding of phonology and your ability to support learners with effective pronunciation activities in the classroom”.

 2. David Spiegelhalter is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University and has become quite a celebrity here in the UK since the start of the pandemic.

Together with his fellow author, Anthony Masters, the ‘Statistical Ambassador’ for the Royal Statistical Society, he’ll be discussing their new book, ‘COVID by Numbers: making sense of the pandemic with data’, at this LSE event at 16:00 UK time next Monday, 7th March  https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/2022/03/202203071600/data – and he’s very good at communicating risk and evidence issues!

3. The Booker Prize has a great mini-site devoted to ‘The Promise’, the novel by Damon Galgut that won the prize last time round, with a reading from the novel, videos and interviews with the author https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/books/the-promise

4. And, finally and paywall-hopefully, A Smattering of Haiku for the Burnout Age from The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/a-smattering-of-haiku-for-the-burnout-age

And just in case it doesn’t work, here’s one of the best, by Ayo Edebiri:

There’s nothing sadder

Than writing a haiku and

Getting writer’s block.

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