Tuesday, 6th September (Zagreb)

1. Two short, different introductions by David Bellos of Princeton University to his book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?:

an animation from Penguin Books https://youtu.be/GyTYbHMdvE0

and a talking head one from Big Think https://bigthink.com/videos/linguistic-diversity-is-language-2/

Bellos has made a number of short videos for Big Think talking about language and translation https://bigthink.com/people/david-bellos/, including this one, How Long Will the Global Dominance of the English Language Last?, in which he suggests that English has enjoyed a very short period of global dominance compared to the Sumerian language https://bigthink.com/videos/how-long-will-the-global-dominance-of-the-english-language-last/

2. Great title to this piece from The Guardian, Britain’s multilingual children: ‘We speak whatever language gets the job done’ https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/04/britains-multilingual-children-we-speak-whatever-language-gets-the-job-done-

It turns out that Farsi speakers smile when they hear the English word ‘gooseberry’ for much the same unsophisticated reason as I used to smile – I’ve grown up in the meantime! – when I was first learning German and my Swiss friends were talking about motorway exits.

3. I’ve just come across the Southeast Asia Teachers Competency Framework (SEA-TCF) for the first time – it was produced in 2017 – and I love the fact that it’s centred on the joyful learner https://www.seameo-innotech.org/portfolio_page/southeast-asia-teachers-competency-framework/ PDF below.

I came across the framework in this ClasssIn blog post on Teachers as Lifelong Learners https://www.blog.classin.com/post/teachers-as-lifelong-learners

4. And, finally, a taste of the film Hallelujah! https://youtu.be/11IPQYZMXjc

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