I’m a bit unclear as to why there is so much fuss about the tale of Nadia Saffouri–efforts to reduce costs by optimising teaching resource usage are leading to similar situations right across the country, and restrictions on entry to the profession engineered by teaching unions and regionalist nationalists meant that incompetent teachers were already part of the deal for kids–but it does perhaps help to explain tolerance for poor language skills elsewhere.
(Why does anyone in Madrid or anywhere need to learn French, particularly with this kind of thing going on?)
- Ah, the unions
Surreal quote in this doc on personal adoptive languages, a typically absurd Belgian scheme to avoid civil war, appropriate EU funds, and inflict a tactical defeat on the Anglo-Saxons by having the Flemish learn French and the Walloons learn Dutch, instead of just letting everyone get on with their English classes: “An Le Nouail Marlière …
- All our pupils go out from Sil School with really high linguistics skills
If Colegio Sil in Barcelona wants to sell its foreign language provision to any but the stupid it might want to consider employing people with relevant skills. “Could do better” doesn’t begin to describe this:
LANGUAGES AND IDIOMS THAT WE TEACH AT SIL SCHOOL
LINGUISTICS TRAINING AND LANGUAGES THAT WE TEACH
Our school develops a trilingüal metodology in
- Press excerpts for language learning
This is cool: BebaManno reads the Guardian, which means I don’t have to, and I get to learn Italian at the same time. (I see Italian as a kind of easy back door into Provençal.) BM’s previous post links to the Mandarin section of Corriere della Sera. I am not sure whether this is aimed …
- Defender who cheated death
Death row / Fila de la muerte by Pedro Patricio Escobal sounds like a good read. I’d also know more about football trainer, Mr Petland, who apparently engineered some kind of “English revolution” in Madrid and in the Basque country.