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Literacy and Contemporary Society: Identities, Texts, Institutions

It’s not often we see conferences dedicated to literacies studies. The third in the biennial Cypriot Literacy and Contemporary Society has secured keynotes with Baynham, Cope and Kalantzis, and Georgakopoulou in autumn 2019. The call for abstracts is out to 21st June. “The 3rd International Conference on Literacy and Contemporary Society focuses on the complex …

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Reading Aloud in Britain Today

“‘my first reaction – I don’t do it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised I do actually… more than I thought I did’” (p57). In this article, which features on pages 54-63 of RaPAL journal Vol No 97 (Spring 2019), Sam Duncan highlights participants’ surprise about the topic of her …

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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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