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Author Archive: Tara Furlong

lsrn (Learning and Skills Research Network) meets

Learning and Skills Research Network, London and the South East A winter LSRN London and South East Network meeting was convened recently with Continuum, UEL’s Research Centre for Widening Participation. Sai Loo, UCL IoE and Rania Hafez, University of Greenwich, co-ordinated five presentations which explored transitions into different forms of work. The afternoon comprised two …

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The Sustainable Development Goals

This morning, UKSSD and BOND, two multi-sectoral organisations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hosted a morning on this very theme. Chaired by Jon Snow, we were welcomed with a speech by the Minister of State at the Department for International Development. This was followed by policy development presentations from the Finish Secretary General from …

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Members’ Survey: moving RaPAL forward

The results of our last survey of members in 2014 emphasised the importance of regular publication of the RaPAL digital journal. Since then we have ensured termly publication, as well as reformulating our overall purpose, sustaining annual events and sector engagement. At the AGM in June, we agreed with members to launch a short follow-up …

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Literacies in Professional Services: Implications for Self-Advocacy, Society and Community Development

Literacies in Professional Services: 24th BALID Informal Literacy Discussion 5pm on 30th November, London, UK On Wednesday 30th November, we are holding our BALID AGM at 4pm, which will be followed at 5pm by a presentation and discussion on the above topic, led by Tara Furlong of RaPAL. This promises to be a significant discussion, …

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And on a lighter note to finish today’s posts, An Illustrated Guide to Weird British Expressions, on behalf of one of our readership

I won’t invite a detailed multi-modal or systemic functional linguistic analysis at this moment in time, but applied digital storytelling at UEL might pass muster for literacies foci. An Illustrated Guide to Weird British Expressions [Infographic] by Sykes Cottages with a bit more detail on the page itself. NB, please note that RaPAL do not …

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Third Bremen Conference on Multimodality

Posted on behalf of Dr. Chiao-I Tseng, 20.09.2017-22.09.2017 Bremen, Germany Keynote speakers Kay O’Halloran (Curtin University, Australia) David Machin (Orebro University, Sweden) Ellen Fricke (Chemnitz University, Germany) Call for Papers BreMM17 is the third in a series of conferences dedicated to bringing together different disciplinary and methodological approaches to the study of multimodality in various …

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Systemic Functional Linguistics at the Crossroads: Intercultural and Contrastive Descriptions of Language

Posted on behalf of, 27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference: Plaza de Anaya s/n 37008 06/28/2017 – 07/01/2017 From a systemic functional perspective, language is considered essentially a probabilistic system. An important part of the meaning of any feature is its relative probability in relation to other mutually defining features and, therefore, language description is …

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‘Untold – an Un-conference about digital storytelling’

Posted on behalf of Polly Rodgers, University of East London, University Square Stratford, Salway Road, London, E15 1NF 11th and 12th July 2017 Background Untold – An Un-conference about Digital Storytelling will bring together academics and practitioners for two-days to creatively explore and interrogate issues arising in digital storytelling practice and theory.  It is a …

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Short news from Japan: Foundation of ‘Japanese Society for the Study of Basic Education and Literacies’ by Tomoya Iwatsuki (Kyoto Women’s University)

In August 2016, we founded the Japanese Society for the Study of Basic Education and Literacies. Its mission is to develop research and practices in basic education and literacies and to offer policy proposals to local governments and the central one. About 200 learners, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and people involved in the media throughout …

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National Standards and Subject Content Consultations

RaPAL are gathering members’ reviews of the final draft of the new national Functional Skills Subject Content for English and maths for the early September deadline. If members have missed the call, please contact your Regional Advocate or keep an eye out for the repeat in the newsletter at the end of the month. More …

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