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
- Lots of links with @baudelaireproj via this: Green, mélodies françaises sur des poèmes de Verlaine | Forum Opéra forumopera.com/cd/green-melod… 15 hours ago
- My morning's work ends with 6,433 words of new article in pretty good shape. Need a fresh brain to tackle the final edit #studyleave 16 hours ago
- @wmichallat @openculture The analogy I've always used for 'incubation period' is 'percolation' (I need my morning coffee after my shower...) 17 hours ago
- @wmichallat @openculture (when I say brilliance I may be over-exaggerating, but they are an important staging post in my argument!) 17 hours ago
- @wmichallat @openculture I put this theory to the test this morning. Emerged post-shower & 500 words of brilliance poured out of my fingers. 17 hours ago