Ignite Budapest #2 - The beautiful bridges of Budapest and the history of our beautiful language teaching profession
The fascinating coincidences between the beautiful bridges of Budapest and the history of our beautiful profession
In 1845, Henry (Higgins) Sweet was born , our first phonetician, es gr ü nt so gr ü n wenn Spaniens blüten blühen <ul><li>Pygmalion, put on in the Burgtheather, Vienna for the first time in 1913 in German. </li></ul>
And at the same time, the Scot, not the Englishman, Adam Clark was working on the L á nch í d
1878 Margit H íd and Maximillian Berlitz Zichy Mihály Arany János
1898, Szabadság híd , previously Ferencz József híd, Francois Gouin discovered that you can’t learn a language by learning its rules like you can’t learn to drive by reading the highway code.
1937 Petőfi híd , formerly Horthy Miklós híd and A.S Hornby
A pontoon bridge in Budapest observed by my grandfather in 1946 <ul><li>Spanning the Danube from Buda to Pest is a bridge of boats built by the Russian armies. Over that frail structure, hour after hour passes the flotsam and jetsam of Europe. </li></ul>
1950, Stalin bridge, now Á rp á d H í d and the rise of audiolingualism. B.F. Skinner , so much to answer for ! Teachers of the world unite, we have nothing to lose but our behaviouristic beasts. In 1958, Stalin’s name disappeared from the face of this bridge
Erzsébet h íd 19 64 and Dell Hymes Language in Culture and Society
And the Mária Valéria híd, just up the river in Esztergom. Sissy’s daughter!
1995 Lágymányosi híd and the start of the Cambridge International Corpus , Ronald Carter and Michael McCarthy
Even Jim Scrivener saw the newest Budapest bridge , the Megyeri híd 2008 , to be the key to the sales of the latest edition of his book
<ul><li>Can teaching still be a subversive activity? </li></ul>Has ELT settled down into a calm, measured maturity? Have the years of exciting creativity and risk passed by? Should we now obediently open our expert-written coursebooks and tick off a few more can-do statements?