Sounds Familiar?

Monday to Friday FREE
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Coming soon: a virtual version of our popular curator-led session for schools and colleges

We are exploring ways to support schools during this time and hope to offer Sounds Familiar? as a virtual session for schools. Please contact us to enquire about this opportunity. 

Led by British Library research staff, experts in English accents and dialects, this session introduces ways of analysing spoken English.

Through this talk, students will learn about language change, language variation, and regional vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar in the UK. Students will be introduced to British Accents and Dialects, a site that captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the 20th century, and Voices of the UK, a British Library research project that opens up the BBC Voices sound recordings to students and researchers.

Online Resources

Discovering Literature: Explore the British Library’s greatest literary treasures alongside contextual material. Suitable for GCSE and A Level English.

British Accents and Dialects: Uncover the UK’s rich landscape of diverse accents and dialects.

English Timeline: Explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.

Texts in Context: From recipes and adverts to logbooks and songs, explore the many ways in which language is used and produced.


Age group: Year 10 - 13
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Maximum group size - 40; minimum - 10

Key skills: English Language
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Online
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