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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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Thursday, 21st July

1. Free access to a wide range of resources for ninety days from Oxford University Press: https://elt.oup.com/feature/global/free-trial/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en Nothing to lose on this one except your e-mail address, as far as I can see! 2. A thoughtful piece from Devi Sridhar … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 19th July

1. Here’s the latest two episodes in Alexandra Mihai’s “Around the world” podcast series: https://educationalist.eu/ Jenny Frederick from Yale University on Leading an Integrated Center (sic!) for Teaching and Learning and Simon Beausaert from Maastricht University on A Research-Based Approach … Continue reading

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Thursday, 14th July

1. Next Tuesday, 19th July, at 12:00 UK time, Simon Borg’s leading a webinar for teacher educators, looking at the competences they need to develop to support teachers online https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/which-competences-do-teacher-educators-need-supporting-teachers-online It’s based on a research paper Simon wrote for the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 12th July

1. Three pieces from the international edition of Der Spiegel: i) a very forthright piece on Boris Johnson’s fall from grace https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/boris-johnsons-abgang-und-die-folgen-fuer-europa-warum-wir-auf-die-briten-nicht-verzichten-koennen-1657274390-a-590a7ec1-8e75-4bab-a638-e29a11022ee8 ii) a visit to Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s home town https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-visit-to-volodymyr-zelenskyy-s-hometown-kryvyi-rih-city-of-steel-a-95aa1a79-905c-462f-aa02-c61b103321f8 iii) an interview with the Afghan Minister of the … Continue reading

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