An interesting, relatively balanced programme on foreign language learning on Radio 4′s Word of Mouth – plenty of things I agree with (e.g. decline of languages linked to problematic education policies in recent years), but plenty of other things I disagree with (e.g. PhDs on Proust and/or other canonic authors are still valid and vitally important!). Challenging thoughts re. the ‘market-driven’ approach to language degrees – do students make the right choices or are they not in a position so to do? Should universities subsidise Modern Languages departments? Have education policies created a ‘class-divide’ in terms of language-learning? A range of answers to these questions presented in the programme.
Poetry and Music
- Oh, & I can't tell you how excited I am to have @sophbevan, @richardlongman, @pronorthvoices & poet Eleanor Brown on board for Feb projects! 3 hours ago
- Just listening to fantastic @franceculture prog Penser la voix franceculture.fr/emission-les-n… Relates to my voice/performance research & teaching 4 hours ago
- RT @Opera_North: There are 7 (free) tickets left for our special Parisian Xmas concert next Tues @ 20:15 parisianxmas.eventbrite.co.uk the passwor… 5 hours ago
- Putting finishing touches to @FrenchSheffield "French February" programme. Getting really excited! Watch this space for info coming v soon! 1 day ago
- (This after 2 students fell asleep right in front of me in the last lecture I gave today on Baudelaire's 1857 trial) #academia 1 day ago