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I am a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. I have taught French and Spanish at FE and HE level and worked as a Business Trainer and Teacher Trainer in various countries. I am interested in using technology for teaching.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Natives: Race, Class in the Ruins of Empire - By Akala

 


I would like to share an extract from a book by Akala, a British rapper, author, and activist, who examines different perspectives on history. 

This extract discusses British policies towards slave trading in the context of the era of empire, and how genocide was viewed as being preferable to the emancipation of slaves.

I was particularly struck by the last few lines in this talk, which said something like:

It is easy to try to hold the Japanese or Germans accountable for attempted genocide, but why is it so difficult to see our own, when we look in the mirror? I feel this is a refreshing concept and helps us to remember that mankind is fallible and anyone can be guilty of discrimination and treating others unfairly. It is a sobering reminder of what humans are capable of and, in my opinion, should be introduced in school curricula, to make people aware of the wrongs of the past.

You can access the recording here, through BBC Sounds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wlfw



Monday, May 31, 2021


Here is an interesting lecture I saw, which is related to understanding modern politics in the UK.

It is an exposé of the power of the media in influencing people's opinions and how the shadow of the British Empire makes people from the UK feel different than other countries in Europe about their place in the world. There is also an analysis of the role the education system plays in not informing British subjects of the true history of empire. The talk is fascinating because it analyses the exploitation of xenophobia from a historical perspective. It also explores the social progress attained through the aftermath of disastrous events like war.

The history of empire is linked with the reasons why the UK voted to leave the European Union, which is viewed as being a mistake. The conservative government is blamed for having used Brexit as a means to get support, relying on exploiting people's fear of foreigners and gaining votes from extremist, far-right parties.

Demographics are discussed in relation to how people voted in the referendum. Some surprising statistics emerge, such as the relationship between obesity and voting for Brexit.



 

Monday, May 24, 2021


Here is an interesting talk I saw about language teaching.

Some useful words:

cognition

analyse, synthesise, evaluate

specificity

ethical

betrayal, concealment

logical fallacies

ad hominem

scruples

tentative



Monday, October 21, 2019