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Wednesday, 27th April

1. NATESOL have very kindly made TEN FREE PLACES available for their annual conference on Saturday, 14th May, the theme of which is TESOL Today: Local, Global, Equal & Open https://www.natesol.org/event-details/natesol-annual-conference-2022-1 Here’s their blurb: “Our focus is on how TESOL … Continue reading

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Climate Tuesday, 26th April

1. ‘The French town where the lighting is alive’ is one of many pieces on the BBC Future site https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220407-the-living-lights-that-could-reduce-energy-use There’s a Future Planet section https://www.bbc.com/future/future-planet/ Try this one, ‘The Caribbean mangrove forest that defied destruction’? https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220329-how-a-caribbean-community-restored-its-dying-mangrove 2. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Monday, 25th April

1. Another free book from Cambridge University Press in their Elements in Language Teaching series, Reflective Practice in Language Teaching by Thomas S C Farrell https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/reflective-practice-in-language-teaching/DFC2E45025AE1A9520A4A1A5B832B872 One of the author’s intentions is to call “attention to the importance of emotions … Continue reading

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Friday, 22nd April

1. The River Thames is now considered one of the world’s cleanest ‘city’ rivers, but only sixty years ago, it was declared “biologically dead”. Here’s the story of its resurrection https://theconversation.com/from-biologically-dead-to-chart-toppingly-clean-how-the-thames-made-an-extraordinary-recovery-over-60-years-180895  2. At 16:00 UK time on Tuesday, 26th April, … Continue reading

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Multi-lingual-cultural Thursday, 21st April

1. An older piece (2019) from The Conversation that I chanced upon the other day, Why are so many languages spoken in some places and so few in others? https://theconversation.com/why-are-so-many-languages-spoken-in-some-places-and-so-few-in-others-116573 Before you read the piece, why do you think it … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 20th April

1. On the face of it, developed countries were much more generous with Official Development Assistance (ODA) aid in 1960 than they are today, with 0.54% of GDP spent on aid compared to 0.33% in 2020 https://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/official-development-assistance.htm 2. A fair … Continue reading

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Climate Tuesday, 19th April

1. It’s Earth Day this Friday, 22nd April, and the Climate Action in Language Education team are celebrating with a special event at 11:00 UK time, “to launch a new research publication, ‘Climate action across the global English language teaching … Continue reading

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Multilingual Thursday, 14th April

Back online on Tuesday – it’s Easter weekend here in the UK. 1. First of two from Language Magazine: A Superpower Hidden in Plain Sight, a piece by Adeola Whitney about viewing linguistic diversity as an asset rather than as … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 13th April

1. Assessing learning, with Carolyn Westbrook and Richard Spiby, is the title of a new, six-part series of English Teaching Talks videos https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/english-teaching-talks-assessing-learning-0 Introductory video here https://youtu.be/9PzCYx4sWu0 Other subjects in the series so far are Integrating ICT with Nik Peachey … Continue reading

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(Climate) Tuesday, 12th April

1. Black Mountains College https://blackmountainscollege.uk/ are organising a ‘climate careers fair’ at 10:00 UK time on Saturday 30th April, to “explore the impact that the new era of climate and ecological crisis will have on the concept of a career … Continue reading

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