Jack Westmore explores what a piece of twentieth-century design says about modern Scandinavia Continue reading
Katherine Armstrong remembers her childhood in Russia and her multitude of conflicting impressions Continue reading
‘Bref’ (‘In short’) is a popular FrenchTV show, in which an anonymous,
unemployed thirty-something recounts aspects of his life in humorous three
minute clips. Recent episodes have included ‘Bref. I don’t know how to say
no’, ‘Bref. My father wants to be young again’ and ‘Bref. I woke up next to
a girl’. Here is Katie Forster’s take on life as a linguist, Bref-style. Continue reading
Elsien Van Pinxteren looks at the socio-political implications of a facebook group that straddles conflict in the Middle East Continue reading
Language skills in the FCO could incentivise promotion: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22180613
Quebec has a strong stance on maintaining their French language roots, but is this one step too far?
The popularity of language degrees has decreased over recent years. Why do you think this is, and can anything be done to change it?
Let us know your thoughts!
The English baccalaureate, which stands to replace GCSEs and A-levels from 2015, hugely prioritises maths and science to the detriment of arts subjects. This article suggests that languages will also take a back seat, as students will only learn one language. But if history, literature and the arts are sidelined, this will also have a massive impact on language degrees (especially at Oxbridge and other Russell group unis where language courses are so literature- and culture-heavy)…
What do you make of this potential change to the education system, which essentially deems arts subjects as inferior?
The Cambirdge Careers Service has an agreement with Going Global, which gives REAMS of jobs and internships all over the world. Well worth a look- you can sign up for free under the Cambridge subscription:
or on the careers service page: http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/library/GoingGlobal.asp
Is it possible to learn a new language in 22 hours?
Here’s an interesting article about speed learning Lingala, the language spoken in northern Congo. Could you do it?