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Thursday, 25th August

1. I reckon you need to be brave to write three articles on Humor (sic) in ELT, which is what John Rucynski has done for TESOL Connections. See what you think; PDFs below. #1 http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2022-05-01/email.html #2 http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2022-06-01/email.html #3 http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2022-08-01/email.html 2. … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 23rd August

1. Our Brain Acts the Same Whatever the Language, apparently, new research with speakers of languages other than English suggests https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/08/12/brain-acts-the-same-whatever-the-language/ “The researchers decided to use Alice in Wonderland as the text that everyone would listen to, because it is … Continue reading

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Thursday, 18th August

1. Another good piece from Language Magazine (thanks, Melanie!) on translanguaging, Breaking down Barriers, from Jacob Huckle https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/08/15/breaking-down-barriers/ Huckle explains that his article “will outline some potential barriers in the domains of policy, practice, and personal belief and end with … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 16th August

1. The Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences (GCMC) toolkit project https://gcmc.global/ which aims to “provide online teacher development resources for secondary teachers of all subjects about how to integrate global citizenship goals and multilingual pedagogies into their practices in a … Continue reading

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Thursday, 11th August

1. I missed a trick on Tuesday. It was the centenary of the birth of Philip Larkin. There’s been a lot of media coverage, much of it playing on the disjunct between his sublime poetry and his less-than-sublime character. Simon … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 9th August

1. The Edinburgh International Book Festival, where I’ve spent many happy summers over the years, begins next Saturday, 13th August. Watch for free or pay as much as you can afford. Full list of events here: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/events Here’s a baker’s … Continue reading

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Thursday, 4th August

1. A good blog post by Bill Bowler for Oxford University Press (with some acceptable product placement!), 5 Golden rules to help students read English in their free time https://oupeltglobalblog.com/2022/07/05/5-golden-rules-to-help-students-read-english-in-their-free-time/ “It’s better to read four short, simple, fun books than … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 2nd August

1. ’On disadvantage’ is a thoughtful blog post by Birmingham Teacher, a.k.a. Claire Stoneman https://birminghamteacher.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/on-disadvantage/ “But yes, the term ‘disadvantaged’ is rubbish. I don’t think any labels are helpful. Thankfully, when I was at school, I was not labelled. I … Continue reading

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Thursday, 28th July

1. A ‘golden oldie’ on translanguaging from NALDIC that I stumbled across the other day https://ealjournal.org/2016/07/26/what-is-translanguaging/ This is the NALDIC home page https://naldic.org.uk/ 2. One from Mel B (who, thus labelled, may now never speak to me again) on How … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 25th July

1. As my mother might say, I wasn’t born yesterday, nor did I come down the Swale in a tub, but this is the first I’ve heard of the terms em-dash and en-dash: https://www.thepunctuationguide.com/em-dash.html I rather like The Punctuation Guide! … Continue reading

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