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Climate Tuesday, 25th January

1. Climate Questions is a weekly BBC podcast. Here’s all the full episodes https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtvb6/episodes/player and here’s a page of short clips, two- to three-minutes long, that might work quite well in the classroom https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtvb6/clips Here’s an audio clip from Behavioural … Continue reading

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Monday, 24th January

1. ‘Embedding resilience’ is the title of the next British Council Education Exchange event, with speakers from Nigeria, Moldova, India, the USA and the UK. More info – worth following up the links embedded – and registration here https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools/education-exchange-digital-events/embedding-resilience See … Continue reading

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Friday, 21st January

A little later this evening, as I’ve just driven home to Cambridge from Yorkshire, much enjoying BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Miser’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0013k5l and BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Woodlanders’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/m000vp38 en route! 1. I’m meeting Ben Knight in the pub in … Continue reading

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Multilingual Thursday, 20th January

1. Thanks to Ann Veitch for this one: great new mini-site from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) on Varieties of English https://public.oed.com/varieties-of-english/ “The OED has always included words from across the English-speaking world. What’s changed – drastically – since the … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 19th January

1. Trinity run an interesting Transformative Teachers series of webinars; you’ll find both recordings and details of future events here https://learn.trinitycollege.co.uk/ttw Register for the next one, ‘Am I Good Enough?’ with Paula Medina, at 16:00 UK time on Wednesday, 26th … Continue reading

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Climate Tuesday, 18th January

1. ‘Teachers have their say: Motivation, skills and opportunities to teach education for sustainable development and global citizenship’ is the title of a report on a survey of 58,000 teachers worldwide conducted by UNESCO and Education International https://www.ei-ie.org/en/item/25552:teachers-have-their-say-motivation-skills-and-opportunities-to-teach-education-for-sustainable-development-and-global-citizenship The good … Continue reading

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Monday, 17th January

1. Is Big Brother watching you watching (or not)? The next UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics Research Seminar is at 14:00 UK time this Wednesday, 19th January: Understanding the role of attention in second language acquisition: Empirical contributions from eye-tracking … Continue reading

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Friday, 14th January

1. Here’s another free-access piece from the next issue of ELTJ, Decentring ELT: teacher associations as agents of change by Darío Luis Banegas, Deborah Bullock, Richard Kiely, Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Amol Padwad, Richard Smith and Martin Wedell https://academic.oup.com/eltj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/elt/ccab090/6491225 Some interesting thoughts … Continue reading

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Multilingual Thursday, 13th January

Thanks to Fraser Bewick – thanks, Fraser! – here’s Philip Kerr’s typically forthright take on ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) and translanguaging,  Out with the old, in with the new: ELF and translanguaging https://adaptivelearninginelt.wordpress.com/2021/12/30/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-elf-and-translanguaging/ and here’s his previous blog … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 12th January

1. Something for your students or children, probably, on the (I hope reasonable) assumption that not too many under-30s read this message: Youthwise is the OECD’s ‘Youth Advisory Board’ and applications are now being accepted. More info here https://www.oecd.org/about/civil-society/youth/youthwise/  and … Continue reading

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