June, 2019

Today, are we all Young Werthers?

Before the rise of modern information technology, the shaping of a person would have likely happened through the local community – parents, elders, priest, officials – and I wonder if the culture was relatively static. Of course, there would have been fashions in culture but I get the impression these…

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English in Education, Summer 2019

It’s a Literacy-focused issue. John Hodgson’s editorial explores briefly the definitions of literacy and suggests two paradigms exist: one as the functional, autonomous ability of a child to read; the other: …involves reading the world and reading the word… and connects personal response and social awareness. Hodgson cites the work…

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English in Education, Spring 2019

Writing is the theme of this issue of English in Education. It’s an excellent collection of thoughtful pieces by English teachers and academics. The editorial sets the tone immediately: Trying to develop excellent writing pedagogy in a system dominated by standardised, politicised assessments makes the task even more challenging. The…

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Teaching English, Summer 2019

The latest issue of Teaching English, N.A.T.E.’s magazine, dropped through our letterbox this morning and is a always a welcome insight into the best thinking of English teachers’ professional association. It’s a magazine I always look forward to reading. The theme of this issue is using self-research to develop classroom…

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The Supremacy of Doomsday Clock’s Metaverse

Supposedly, it’s a struggle between the dark despairing Watchmen universe and the bright hope of the DC superhero universe. Of course, the old cynic in me is skeptical of the fervour in which issue 10 of Doomsday Clock has been greeted. Despite still feeling that trying to write a sequel…

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Say No to Plastic by Harriet Dyer

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series What Can I Do?

Dyer’s book is a short, straightforward presentation of 101 ideas for cutting down consumption of single-use plastics as well as what to do with some of the plastic waste you already have. At the start of the book the author gives some no-nonsense information about the damage that plastic does…

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Doomsday Clock 10

This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.

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