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
- @launchburycla the paper is written in my head; analysis nailed, just needs writing out and slides/examples sorting... 12 hours ago
- @launchburycla yes, and it's a 5-hour train journey which is plenty of time to write up the paper if needed!! 12 hours ago
- Lots of logistics sorted today. Paper not quite actually written, but at least I've got my train tickets to travel to conference... 12 hours ago
- RT @JofVictCulture: High on Fragrance: The Nineteenth-Century Perfume Launcher wondersandmarvels.com/2015/08/high-o… 1 day ago
- Moved my workspace from desk to floor to make most of morning sun trap (& have space to spread out music scores)! http://t.co/lYKX68962K 1 day ago