Tuesday, 16th August

1. The Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences (GCMC) toolkit project https://gcmc.global/ which aims to “provide online teacher development resources for secondary teachers of all subjects about how to integrate global citizenship goals and multilingual pedagogies into their practices in a sustainable way”, has just launched its first set of resources for teachers, with the slightly underwhelming title of Teacher Module https://gcmc.global/tools/gcmc-toolkit/teacher-module/

Five units to explore in your own time, including Promoting ecoliteracy and Hunting fake news through critical reading

2. Raymond Briggs, the author of – among other books – Fungus the Bogeyman, The Snowman (perhaps his best-known work internationally) and When the Wind Blows, died last week at the age of 88.

Here’s a piece from The Conversation by Matthew Edgar https://theconversation.com/three-raymond-briggs-books-that-helped-make-the-graphic-novel-respectable-188614

an excerpt from the film of The Snowman https://youtu.be/upH1QZU4Z0Y

and a short video obituary from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/video/2022/aug/10/raymond-briggs-maker-of-the-snowman-dies-aged-88-video

3. The next Teaching Pathways course, How to Teach Grammar, starts a fortnight today, on 30th August. Sign up here if you’d like to “help your learners notice, make sense of, and become more confident using grammar with engaging, meaning-focused teaching” https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-pathways-how-teach-grammar

4. And, finally, an entertaining Words Without Borders piece by J. R. Ramakrishnan, Roll Call of Abandoned Languages: My Language Promiscuity and Everything It Says https://wordswithoutborders.org/read/article/2022-08/the-roll-call-of-abandoned-languages-j-r-ramakrishnan/

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