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
- RT @baudelaireproj: Did you catch @MaryCBevan on @BBCInTune this week singing #Baudelaire in Fauré's setting of Chant d'automne from her #V… 8 hours ago
- RT @TheCBSO: Here we go again! #DebussyFestival Weekend 2 starts at @electricbham tonight with The Debussy Film: Impressions of the French… 11 hours ago
- RT @OxfordLieder: #TBThursday to March 1918 and the death of #Debussy. Here's the @guardianmusic obituary from two days after he passed awa… 14 hours ago
- RT @erhwagstaff1: This looks extremely interesting: poetry on the radio in France. twitter.com/fabula/status/… 19 hours ago
- RT @archivfraumusik: OUT OF OBLIVION Augusta Holmès’ compositions won awards and acclaim from admirers including Liszt and Saint-Saëns, so… 20 hours ago