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LIDA & L@L: Understanding complex inequalities through language research

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You are warmly invited to the upcoming LIDA and Language@Leeds event, aiming to bring together researchers across the University to foster interdisciplinary conversations and identify areas of potential collaboration. Language@Leeds is a University-wide interdisciplinary network for language research. Our work tackles key societal questions through the rigorous study of language, using diverse methods and approaches, e.g.,...

Research Talk: "On the hunt for obsolescing grammatical dialect features" by Dr Laura Rupp

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Speaker: Dr Laura Rupp (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Title: On the hunt for obsolescing grammatical dialect features Abstract: Britain (2008: 1) noted: “In studying language change, variationists are, naturally perhaps, more interested in the new innovative form than in the conservative one”. However, there has been a modest body of research that has studied old or...

Research Talk: "Enhancing teaching practices: towards a more inclusive spoken and written language teaching in Merseyside schools and beyond".

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Title: Enhancing teaching practices: towards a more inclusive spoken and written language teaching in Merseyside schools and beyond. Speaker: Dr Sofia Lampropoulou – University of Liverpool Abstract: The English language curriculum is heavily oriented towards the teaching of standard and prestigious forms of English language. These include standardised ways of speaking and writing. In the...

Symposium: Questioning Language Teaching Orthodoxy in Higher Education

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This one-day symposium is an opportunity to discuss and critically reflect on existing beliefs and norms in language pedagogy in higher education and how normativity and biases that underpin language (in) education may be challenged. We are delighted Dr Martin Dewey, Kings College London, will deliver the keynote presentation.   This symposium, held in person at the University...

Raciolinguistic ideologies and narratives of deficit: how the ‘word gap’ came to be normalised in England’s schools

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Dr Ian Cushing (Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University) Discussants: Prof. Cecile De Cat (Linguistics), Prof. Alice Deignan and Dr Paula Clarke (Education) Abstract: Educational linguists across England and the USA have long critiqued deficit-based language ideologies, yet since the early 2010s, these have seen a marked resurgence in England’s education policy in narratives and interventions related...

Linguistic/Cultural Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Why it matters

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Linguistic/Cultural Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Why it matters This is the first in a series of events discussing the role of linguistic and cultural diversity in teaching and learning. In this event, we are delighted to welcome five speakers from diverse disciplinary areas whose work intersects with this topic:     Standardised English and linguistic diversity in teaching: Challenging myths,...

Vijay Ramjattan: Accented Racism at Work

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Accented Racism at Work Invited talk by Dr Vijay Ramjattan (University of Toronto) Discussions about accent and racism in the workplace typically concern the employment discrimination faced by racialized jobseekers with non-standardized accents. The purpose of this talk is to go beyond these discussions by considering the many ways in which accent sustains different forms...

Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research: Toward a Raciolinguistic Genealogical Perspective on Language Education Policy

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Panel on Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research Toward a Raciolinguistic Genealogical Perspective on Language Education Policy  Dr Nelson Flores  (University of Pennsylvania)   Abstract: This presentation proposes raciolinguistic genealogy as a methodological approach to the study of language education. It briefly defines three components of this approach: 1) a genealogical stance that brings attention to...

Embracing linguistic diversity

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Linguistic diversity can be the source of implicit bias: often without realising it, we judge others based on how we interpret their accent, their use of regional language traits, their choice of vocabulary.  On Friday 23rd of April (11:00-13:30), CELT and Language@Leeds are hosting an event to shed light on linguistic diversity from multiple points...