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Are You Secular? Some Reflections on the Theology of Hildegard of Bingen   Leave a comment

The Armchair Theologian

The Meaning of the Secular

There has been much debate in the UK press recently about the meaning and future of the ‘secular’ but such discussions have often produced more heat than light, particularly for some religious communities who feel ever more threatened by a changing culture. A large part of this anxiety is generated by thorny questions concerning what ‘the secular’ is and how do we know if we’re really part of it.  Is it simply about widespread disbelief in God (or a Higher Power) or something more? And how is this non/belief linked to the ideology known as ‘secularism’? Some reactive religious communities continue to believe that if only they can define and ‘unmask’ the secular, they can affectively police the commitment of their members, sealing fragile souls inside a pious bubble, protected from a hostile world. But as I go on to suggest, it is not that…

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Posted July 31, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

On the Trail of the Presidents   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

George H. W. Bush statue, College Station, TX.

Richard Toye and Mark Wickham-Jones

One of the distinctive features of American politics in comparison to the UK is the establishment of Presidential Libraries and Museums. Franklin D. Roosevelt started the trend with the creation of a library at his home at Hyde Park, New York in the early 1940s. Since then, every president has had such an institution, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, and one was created retrospectively for Herbert Hoover. Texas is particularly well-served, because it has three presidential libraries: those of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.  

This April we explored Texas’s presidential libraries and museums, looking at available archival material (relating especially to Anglo-American relations, and Space policy) and assessing the interpretation that each offers of the record of the president concerned. We started at Dallas, with George Bush Junior’s…

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Posted July 31, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Extensive reading: The key to language learning beyond the classroom   Leave a comment

Oxford University Press

Scott Roy Douglas has worked with high school, university, and adult English language learners around the world.  He is a co-author of Q: Skills for Success Second Edition, and the author of Academic Inquiry: Writing for Post-secondary Success.  He is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. 

Today Scott joins us on the blog to explain how extensive reading could be beneficial to your students.

Supporting Classroom English Language Teaching and Learning with Extensive Reading

A program of extensive reading can be a powerful complement to English language teaching and learning.  This blog post explores what extensive reading is, how it can benefit students, what challenges there may be, and how it supports and enhances courses like Q: Skills for Success Second Edition.

What is extensive reading?

Rather than closely reading a single challenging text in class, extensive…

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Posted July 18, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Bubbling Under: Helping ideas to surface in speaking classes Q&A   Leave a comment

Oxford University Press

School children writingEdmund Dudley is a teacher trainer, materials writer and teacher of English with more than 20 years of classroom experience. Based in Budapest, he has extensive experience of teaching EFL at both primary and secondary levels. He works with teachers from around the world as a freelance teacher trainer and as a tutor at the University of Oxford’s ELT Summer Seminar. He is the co-author of OUP’s Mixed-Ability Teaching and has also contributed materials to several OUP textbooks and training courses.


What can we do if our students are afraid of making mistakes?

Ask yourself what it is that your students are actually afraid of. Is it making mistakes? Or is it the consequences of making mistakes? In many cases, I think it’s the latter. Students are afraid that if they make a mistake when speaking, the teacher will embarrass them, or that the other students in the class will…

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Posted July 18, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

17.07.2017 – Final Teaser   Leave a comment

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

Our final and most revealing teaser.
 
Don’t forget to comment if you think you know what we are teasing, for your chance to win the complete Midlands on Film DVD series.

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Posted July 17, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

17.07.2017 – Teaser 5   Leave a comment

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

Our penultimate teaser, the clock is ticking.

Don’t forget to comment if you think you know what we are teasing, for your chance to win the complete Midlands on Film DVD series.

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Posted July 15, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

The Logic of Gift: Some Notes on Recovering a Radical Quakerism   Leave a comment

The Armchair Theologian

The Hollowness of the Feast

Sometimes it is difficult to fully appreciate how radical early Quakers were. Consider the following. In a touching scene from George Fox’s Journal, the Quaker founder recalls his deep distress at the way in which his society celebrated the Nativity of Christ. As Fox recounts:

When the time called Christmas came, while others were feasting and sporting themselves I looked out poor widows from house to house, and gave them some money. When I was invited to marriages (as I sometimes was), I went to none; but the next day, or soon after, I would go and visit them, and if they were poor I gave them some money; for I had wherewith both to keep myself from being chargeable to others and to administer something to the necessities of those who were in need.[1]

Image result for Christmas stuart englandOn the surface, this episode is illustrative of…

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Posted July 15, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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