1. This event on Friday at 12:30 UK time (18:00 Delhi time), chaired by Amol Padwad, looks likely to be good: Learning languages by promoting cultural diversity: policy and practice.
It will include insights from research commissioned by the British Council and conducted by Cambridge Partnership for Education, An analysis of representation in the English curricula of the UK and India, analysing the extent to which the other country is represented and what form this representation takes in the ‘partner curriculum’, particularly in relation to diversity and contemporary life.
Registration and more info here: https://bit.ly/online_18Nov
2. A piece from Business Leader about the growth of the online tuition business with some very large numbers in it https://www.businessleader.co.uk/mytutor-appointments-online-tuition-market-reach-20-9bn-2030/
3. Two matching pieces about DuoLingo from The Guardian:
the first from Morwenna Ferrier, ‘I lie in the bath, imagining that I am wandering the Rialto in Venice’: my obsession with Duolingo https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/nov/14/my-obsession-with-duolingo
the second, an interview with Luis von Ahn, the founder of DuoLingo, Duolingo says its English language tests for visas are cheap and secure https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/oct/02/english-language-tests-for-visas-cheap-secure-duolingo
4. And, finally and mischievously, here’s a recent piece from Gulf News, Exclusive option for test takers includes welcome lounge, lunch at 5-star hotel in Dubai https://gulfnews.com/uae/worlds-first-ielts-british-council—premium-service-launched-in-uae-1.91987218
Von Ahn refers in his interview to the prohibitive cost of English examinations for many …