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
- Casually just sightread Brandenburgs 5 & 6 in 4-hand Reger transcription with @richardlongman. Standard Sat night entertainment? 2 days ago
- How many of my 19iste friends are spending the weekend working on their papers and packing? #jointheclub #NCFSBrown16 2 days ago
- RT @kayguccione: the unbearable silence of leaving the academy? New post from me on the @ThinkAheadSheff blog @Rach_Handforth https://t.co… 2 days ago
- Gun with which Verlaine shot Rimbaud up for auction | World news | The Guardian theguardian.com/world/2016/oct… 3 days ago
- Despite the negative headline, there's much in here about positive role of languages in the UK today: varsity.co.uk/culture/10888 3 days ago