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 by Ruth Swanwick and Dani Fobi Our British Academy funded research project, that examines early years support for deaf children and their caregivers in Ghana, had just taken off when the spread of Covid-19 hit its first peak in March 2020. We are an international UK-Ghana team, and after some...

By Zhe Liu, University of Leeds The worldwide coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) is not only affecting many people’s health but also changing people’s social lives at a rapid speed. Although research has been intensively discussing the virus from the health, economic, behavioural, and representational aspects (Ji, et al., 2020; Atkeson,...

Maggie Kubanyiova   August 2020   In her popular TED talk, the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned against telling single stories about people, communities or social phenomena, noting that such narratives rob people of their dignity, limit our understandings, and make us vulnerable in the face of disconcerting tendencies of othering in our societies....

Dani Fobi  July 2020  In the Global South context where language teaching has been challenging because of limited human and material resources even on regular days, it becomes more difficult in these contexts when lockdowns are in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that everything is done virtually, good internet...

Taguhi Sakakyan  July 2020  These teachers’ stories highlight that COVID-19 has exposed and amplified existing inequalities in education and in the society in general. In all narratives, the teachers point out that the lockdown has drastically affected student education. Unsurprisingly, students from different socio-economic backgrounds have unequal access to on-line learning;...

Loreto Aliaga-Salas  July 2020  I have interviewed more than 10 teachers across the countries of Latin America, two of which are included in CLER’s Language Teachers’ Lives in Global Lockdown. In these stories, teachers navigate their personal and professional lives. At home, they attempt to balance childcare, house chores, with synchronous teaching. At a professional level, they feel...