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
- @Frankles23 @MFOxford Thanks for coming! Glad you enjoyed it. The Ruth White works are pretty amazing aren't they...?! 2 days ago
- RT @carolineardrey: In Oxford this afternoon (Thurs)? Go to @MFOxford at 5.15pm for @HelenAbbott1 - ‘Songs from Baudelaire: performing Fren… 2 days ago
- RT @LTunbridge: Fab to have modern linguists and musicians together for the French song workshop with @HelenAbbott1 I learnt a lot! https:/… 2 days ago
- @Peterthompsonbl *française not françoise!! Autocorrect... 2 days ago
- @Peterthompsonbl until t'row. Giving a paper at the Maison Françoise at 5pm today (on Baudelaire song project stuff). Come? Or coffee t'row? 2 days ago