Talking English 2018

, 09.45 - 16.00
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Support your A Level teaching with keynotes and workshop sessions to inform and inspire

Join us at the British Library for a day of inspiring talks and practical workshops to support and develop subject knowledge and reinvigorate English language teaching. Aimed at Secondary and FE teachers of English Language, this conference has particular relevance to A Level.

The day will offer a choice of workshop sessions and a range of keynotes, offering specialist insights and practical resources to support your teaching. Across the day, sessions will explore key topics including global English, language variation and change and language acquisition.

Keynote speakers and workshop leaders include:

  • Professors Devyani Sharma and Jenny Cheshire of Queen Mary University of London
  • Kim Ballard, author of The Frameworks of English, Interpreting Texts and The Stories of Linguistics
  • British Library educator Julian Walker
  • Dan Clayton, Education Consultant at the English and Media Centre

Lunch is included as are opportunities for networking with contributors and delegates, plus the chance to engage with British Library online resources. The day will culminate in a panel Q&A.

See the Event Agenda for further information.

Speaker details:

Kim Ballard spent eight years as Head of English in a sixth form college and many more years than that teaching A level English Language! She has also worked as a Chief Examiner for the subject and as a subject consultant for various bodies, as well as delivering numerous talks, INSET courses and student revision sessions. Her most recent publication is The Stories of Linguistics (Palgrave, 2016), an introduction to the history of language study. She is currently working on a fourth edition of her textbook on language structures, The Frameworks of English.

Jenny Cheshire is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has co-directed two recent large research projects on Multicultural London English, and is now working on Multicultural Paris French. She has written or edited several books including Variation in an English Dialect, English around the World, and, with Peter Trudgill, The Sociolinguistics Reader. She is editor of the journal Language in Society and of the Linguistics Research Digest blogpost (where there are several accounts of Multicultural London English). 

Dan Clayton is an education consultant at the English and Media Centre in London and an examiner and moderator for AS and A level English Language. He taught for 20 years at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in south London and Colchester Sixth Form College and is interested in developing English language teaching in the secondary curriculum. He has written and edited various resources and books, including the English and Media Centre's Language: a student handbook and the Cambridge University Press Topics in English Language series and Routledge's Knowing About Language (both with Marcello Giovanelli). He tweets and blogs about English Language A level at @EngLangBlog.

Devyani Sharma is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research examines grammatical, phonetic, and social change in postcolonial and other bilingual contact varieties of English. Her recent co-edited works include The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes (Oxford University Press, 2017), English in the Indian Diaspora (Benjamins, 2014), and Research Methods in Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Julian Walker has been a workshop leader at the British Library for 15 years, working primarily with literature, language, art, history, and the history of printing. He has written five books on the English language, and is the co-ordinator of the Languages and the First World War project. He has recently finished a study of the English language during the First World War, published late last year by Bloomsbury.



Age group: Secondary and FE English Language teachers
When: , 09.45 - 16.00
Key skills: English Language, Professional Development

£180 full price (concessions available)

Enquiries: +44 020 7412 7797
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