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
- For @PoetryDayUK #light, a fav Baudelaire line (Réversibilité): Ange plein de bonheur, de joie et de lumières! Esp lovely in Vierne setting 2 days ago
- RT @baudelaireproj: Excellent blog post by Aimée Boutin from @floridastate on Baudelaire, noise and the nineteenth-century city. http://t.c… 2 days ago
- Hmm, 10pm is probably a good time to stop work. Still, made some good progress on my Cambridge paper & done 7 translations for @OxfordLieder 2 days ago
- RT @OxfordLieder: Tomorrow is @PoetryDayUK So get thinking about your favourite poems set to music. @OxfordLieder wants to know #NationalPo… 2 days ago
- On the eve of National Poetry Day, a reflection from Walter Bernhart: 'poetry performance can learn a lot from music'. Do you agree? 2 days ago