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Serendipity in Myanmar: meeting a MOOC student

When Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann stopped at the very top of Shwesandaw Pagoda to admire the view of the Bagan’s hundreds of temples and pagodas on his way to Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar), he didn’t expect to meet one of his former students.

‘Professor Zuckermann!’
‘Yes’ he says (wondering who this person is)
‘I was your student’
(‘But that’s impossible’ he says to himself, ‘I remember all my students, past and present.’)
‘I took your MOOC [Massive Open Online Course] on language revival!’

Ah ha, it all makes sense now. A serendipitous meeting in Myanmar.

At the very top of Shwesandaw Pagoda

At the very top of Shwesandaw Pagoda

Professor Zuckermann was travelling to Mandalay, Burma (Myanmanr). On his way he also met a Buddist Monk. Professor Zuckermann’s travels took him the International UNICEF conference on ‘Language Policy in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings’ to deliver a keynote.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Language Revival, join 5,000 students from 145 countries and sign up for Professor Zuckermann’s FREE online course.

Learn more about Language Revival through Professor Zuckermann’s Facebook page.

The University of Adelaide is offering a series of MOOCs under the name AdelaideX.

Travelling through Myanmar

Travelling through Myanmar

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