Sounds Familiar?

Mondays and Fridays, 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30 FREE
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  • Admission: Free entry

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 to collections and research that open up the Library’s sound recordings to teachers, students and researchers.

This live, interactive session is delivered online.

Also available:

  • Sounds Familiar is also available as an onsite workshop
  • Listen to speakers from across the UK and explore the differences and similarities between our linguistic varieties, accents and dialects in our British accents and dialects website


Age group: Years 10 - 13
When: Mondays and Fridays, 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Minimum 10 students; maximum 40 students

Key skills: English Language
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Zoom
Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
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