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Multilingual Thursday, 5th August

1. I hope this one doesn’t get swamped by adverts. It’s an interesting piece exploring just how multilingual the Mexican government and Mexican citizens would wish to be https://mexiconewsdaily.com/opinion/the-fight-to-save-mexicos-native-languages/ A good basis for a class discussion? 2. Yet another benefit … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 4th August

1. Ample notice of this event at 14:00 UK time on Thursday 12th August as you may wish to do some prep for it with your students: the Global LEAD #WatchOurImpact Dialogue, a partnership between UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited and USAID’s … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 3rd August

1. “There is a very long way to go for us all to fight against racial discrimination and hatred”, says Professor Li Wei, appointed earlier this year as Dean of the University College London Institute of Education. At one level, … Continue reading

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Monday, 2nd August

1. And, firstly, just for a change this evening, an extraordinary exercise in patience and skill https://youtu.be/_vllyHBHsRM Deeply depressingly, one of the comments on the tweet where I first saw this said, ‘Why bother?’ …. 2. I mentioned Richard Smith’s … Continue reading

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Friday, 30th July

1. This one’s nothing to do with English at all, as it works with the three most common modern foreign languages in the UK (French, German and Spanish), but it will I hope be of general language learning and teaching … Continue reading

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Thursday, 29th July

This is the inaugural Multilingual Thursday weekly message. (I may need some help remembering, Ann!) 1. The OUP EMI & CLIL Toolkit, full of lesson ideas to raise awareness of all the languages and dialects available in almost every classroom, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 28th July

1. Good old World Bank! The clue’s in the first three words of the title: LOUD AND CLEAR: Effective Language of Instruction Policies For Learning, which I take to mean “Let us say this loudly and clearly, so governments around … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 27th July

1. A wealth of pieces from The Conversation today: bears in South Korea https://theconversation.com/south-korea-is-bringing-back-bears-in-a-country-of-52-million-people-i-went-to-find-out-how-164301 the influence of science fiction on real-world military strategy https://theconversation.com/militaries-plunder-science-fiction-for-technology-ideas-but-turn-a-blind-eye-to-the-genres-social-commentary-164978 is a ‘sugar rush’ a real thing? https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-are-sugar-rushes-real-161494 and the return to power of the Taliban … Continue reading

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Monday, 26th July

Earlier than usual today, as I’m busy later on. 1. At 14:00 UK time tomorrow, Tuesday 27th July, Is Privatisation of Education Really a Solution? In the organisers’ own words: “Through short interventions, this roundtable will share cross-cutting lessons outlined … Continue reading

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Friday, 23rd July

1. Here’s some reading for the weekend, this year’s ELT Masters dissertations ‘honours board’ https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/2020-2021-winners The outright winner was Zening Yang from the University of Bath for her dissertation entitled: Motivational Strategies in an Online Learning Environment: L2 Teacher Cognitions … Continue reading

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