Events

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The theme for this year’s LCS PGR conference, “New Voices, New Perspectives”, reflects the ground-breaking research currently being undertaken by postgraduate research students across the school. Whether it’s taking new methodological approaches, uncovering unheard stories or making new theoretical developments, the wide-ranging research interests of LCS PGRs all have one thing in common: originality. As…
Motivational practice: Insights from English classrooms in Sweden – Prof. Alastair Henry Between 2014 and 2017 Prof. Henry led a research team in a largescale ethnographic project investigating the practice of secondary school teachers of English who were successful in creating a motivational climate in their classrooms. In the seminar, he will outline the project,…
Speaker: Thérèse O’Sullivan (Leeds City Council) Making words work to support mathematical understanding and reasoning Spaces will be limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible through Eventbrite.    
You are warmly invited to an upcoming Research Seminar in the School of Media and Communication, which will be given by Prof. Theo van Leeuwen (University of Southern Denmark, Odense). The paper argues for a two-pronged approach to multimodal analysis that combines ‘functional design analysis’ and ‘identity design analysis’. It will be argued that functional…
Speaker: Dea Nielsen (University of York) How do we know it works? Approaches and tools for evaluation Spaces will be limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible through Eventbrite.  
Identifying and supporting EAL children who may have speech, language and communication needs Speaker Anne McCaffrey (NHS Leeds Community HealthCare) Spaces will be limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible through Eventbrite.
Bringing together linguists and language teachers (from schools and language centres), this event aims to (i) demonstrate the pedagogical benefits of language analysis (in the context of EFL or FLT); (ii) provide guidance for language teachers on how to “up their game” in language analysis; and (iii) explore how a linguistically-informed understanding of fluency and…

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Speaker Saiqa Riasat (Bilingual Learning and Teaching Association) Using the Home Language to enrich EAL support    
Improving intercultural communication in diverse groups and teams Dr. Sophie Reissner-Roubicek How can we help our students to get the most out of the opportunities we provide to interact, share knowledge, and develop skills for working collaboratively in diverse teams that are essential for the global workplace?  Students often experience groupwork as frustrating and stressful,…
Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds April 8th – 9th 2019 ** Registration is now available here** Blowing away the dust: Illuminating the value of Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics In recent years Practitioner Research in language education has grown quickly, yet it is still not fully acknowledged in Applied Linguistics. This BAAL-Cambridge University…
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are thought to be the gold-standard level of proof for running and evaluating language interventions. Increasingly adopted from medical research into the social sciences, RCTs are highly valued since they are designed to eliminate as many sources of bias as possible from the scientific process, allowing maximum confidence in experimental findings….
Language analysis is a form of conscious and active engagement with language, aiming to unveil how meaning is encoded and decoded. It involves the ability to spot patterns in language and to identify variables.  Through the deeper understanding of language afforded by language analysis, one can become a more efficient language user.  This is a…
In the next meeting of the Arabic PGR group, Tomader Alfraikh, PhD student in Linguistics and Phonetics, will present about: “The acquisition-learning of English morpho-syntactic properties by L1 speakers of Saudi Arabic: evidence from the present perfect forms“: In recent years, there has been a spate of interest in how to engage Chomskyan Generative Second Language Acquisition (GenSLA hereafter) research with language teaching….
Speaker: Louse Woods (University of Leeds)  
Sign languages as ‘super languages’? Evidence from the use of space in British Sign Language Dr Adam Schembri (University of Birmingham)
All are invited to register (free) to the following Language at Leeds Pedagogical Linguistics Event.    This workshop asks what more we can do in SLA research which is of direct benefit to the language classroom, beyond intervention studies. The same question will be addressed from the two different theoretical orientations: Generative SLA and Instructed SLA. …
In this one-hour session, Malek Chaieb, who just started her PhD in Linguistics, will introduce her research and methodology in the talk “Cross-Dialectal Communication in the Arabic Context and Pragmatic Competence for ASOL Learners”. Some feedback will be highly appreciated. Moreover, Amira Askar and Nouran Khallaf, some new additions to the group, will briefly introduce…