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Thursday, 2nd February (Cambridge)

1. Three pieces from The Conversation that have caught my eye recently: Seychelles is becoming overwhelmed by marine plastic – we now know where it comes from https://theconversation.com/seychelles-is-becoming-overwhelmed-by-marine-plastic-we-now-know-where-it-comes-from-198350 This one includes a frightening video showing marine debris flows in the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 31st January 2023 (Richmond)

1. UnHerd (good double pun) put 10 statements in front of 10,000 UK voters, covering Brexit, gender ideology, political disillusionment, conspiracy, Net Zero, immigration, the monarchy, the cost-of-living crisis, housing and lockdowns. In each case, respondents chose whether they agreed … Continue reading

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Thursday, 26th January (Cambridge)

1. A piece from my previous employer, the British Council: Vicky Gough’s article for their online magazine, Voices: The British and their secret language regrets https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/british-and-their-secret-language-regrets We are not a nation of happy monoglots, it seems. 2. A piece from … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 24th January 2023 (Richmond)

1. I could imagine that many of us have mixed feelings – at least! – about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. This year’s has just ended, and here’s McKinsey’s ‘five key takeaways’ from it https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/themes/5-takeaways-from-the-world-economic-forums-2023-meeting There’s a … Continue reading

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Thursday, 19th January (Richmond)

1. Three more on ChatGPT – tell me when you’re getting bored, please! Nick Cave’s view is that This Song Sucks https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/17/this-song-sucks-nick-cave-responds-to-chatgpt-song-written-in-style-of-nick-cave From The New York Times, Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach https://tinyurl.com/4zh9wt92 From The … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 17th January 2023 (Cambridge)

1. More easily promised than delivered, a values-based education? John Gibbs of Teachers Talk Radio asked Bridget Knight, the author of ‘On the Subject of Values … and the Value of Subjects: New thinking to guide schools through the curriculum’ … Continue reading

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Thursday, 12th January (Cambridge, just)

1. Climate Justice: what’s it got to do with ELT? The answer according to Green ELT is, ‘Quite a lot!’ Find out more here https://green-action-elt.uk/events/ and register here for the event at 14:00 UK time next Friday, 20th January https://nile-elt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdeGhqzsuHNOL9nepJhyBR5RkmOfNWVHVContinue reading

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Tuesday, 10th January (Richmond)

1. I’ve mentioned NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, before. Not sure they use their full, long name anymore https://www.nesta.org.uk/ Here’s their annual round-up “of the innovations and ideas that could have implications for the … Continue reading

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Thursday, 5th January (Cambridge, just)

1. Two from the TeachingEnglish site to start with: a) A three-module, four-week, nine-hour course on Teaching English through literature, developed in partnership with Macmillan India https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-english-through-literature b) Maria Jose Galleno from Uruguay talking about effective strategies for enabling teacher … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 3rd January 2023 (Richmond)

Happy New Year, everyone! 1. Here’s another academic’s take on ChatGPT: Tony Bates’s Playing with ChatGPT: now I’m scared (a little) https://www.tonybates.ca/2023/01/02/playing-with-chatgpt-now-im-scared/ There’s a growing (sensible) consensus that ChatGPT is not going to go away, so we’d better find a … Continue reading

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