Embracing linguistic diversity

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 (11:00-13:00), CELT and L@L are hosting an event to shed light on linguistic diversity from multiple points of view.  It will take place online via Microsoft Teams. If you haven’t received a calendar invitation but would like to attend, please register for the event here by 22 April.

The aims of this event are

  • To foster a better understanding of linguistic diversity 
  • To raise awareness of implicit biases rooted in linguistic differences
  • To report on students’ experience of linguistic bias 
  • To discuss the implications for the language classroom and equality and diversity policy and practice
  • To showcase examples of good practice in integrating linguistic diversity in language teaching.



11:00 – 11:05

Rasha Soliman & Cecile De Cat

Insights from research

11:05 – 11:35

What is accent variation and why does it matter? 

Gise Tome Lourido (Lecturer in Sociophonetics)



11:35 – 12:05

Cultivating advanced Chinese learners’ awareness of linguistic (and cultural) diversity – Ya-chun Liu (Lecturer in Chinese)

“Quasi-diglossia” and language learning: dealing with variation on Beginners’ Czech – James Wilson (Lecturer in Russian and Language Studies)

12:05 – 12:10


12:10 – 12:55

Accent Bias: Rethinking How to Develop Effective Listeners – Niamh Mullen – Senior Teaching Fellow/ Lecturer in EAP & Peter Matthews (Lecturer in EAP)


Enhancing EAP students’ participation in the local community: an approach to teaching a local accent – Deak Kirkham (Lecturer in EAP)

‘Teaching’ Unconscious Bias to Foundation Year Healthcare Students – Nancy Woods (Lecturer in EAP)


12:55 – 13:25

Invited staff (Fozia Bora & Julia Snell) & students (TBC) – Discussion led by Hanem El-Farahaty & Milena Marinkova

Closing remarks

13:25 – 13:30

Rasha Soliman & Cecile De Cat

Organising committee: (in alphabetical order)