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Success: British Council International Heritage Protection and Sustainable Development grant awarded to Janet Watson

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Janet Watson has been awarded a British Council International Heritage Protection and Sustainable Development grant, which will fund a Yemeni ECR scholar to come to Leeds for nine months and work on the rich traditional ecopoetics of the endangered Modern South Arabian language, Mehri, as spoken in al-Mahrah in Yemen. The fellow will be supervised...

MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series 2022-23 - First semester programme

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MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal research across disciplines. Multimodality draws attention to how meaning is made through the combined use of semiotic resources such as gesture, speech, face expression, body movement and proxemics,...

Policy, Pedagogy and the Policing of “nonstandard” English

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To what extent does children’s spoken dialect influence their writing? Does correcting pupils’ speech improve their writing? What consequences might overt correction have for pupil participation and learning? Research by Julia Snell (School of English) and her colleague Ian Cushing (Edgehill University) set out to addresses these questions through investigation of primary school children’s writing,...

Ofsted as institutional language police

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On 31st March 2022, TES reported on research by Julia Snell (School of English) and her colleague Ian Cushing (Edgehill University) which exposes the role of the school’s inspectorate, Ofsted, as institutional language police. Julia and Ian systematically searched inspection reports of primary and secondary schools and found a huge number of reports where the inspectorate criticise teachers...

More language research showcased at Be Curious

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The Be Curious LATES winter series showcased research by L@L colleagues: Cat Davies presented results from two projects on the impact of disruption to Early Years Education and Care during lockdowns and its effects on the development of young children from diverse backgrounds. You can watch the video on YouTube.

Language research showcased at Be Curious

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On the 15th of July, Be Curious LATES featured Draško Kašćelan (LCS) and Fiona Douglas (School of English), on the theme of inclusion and identity – an evening of exploration into impactful research, which focuses on sexuality, social inclusion, diversity and identity.  Draško discussed the challenge of documenting children's bilingual experience through questionnaires (as part of...

Spoken Language, Standards and Inequality in Schools

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Dates: 2021-2023 Funding body: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (£51,390) Primary investigator: Dr. Julia Snell (School of English) L@L satellite: Language and Society The attainment gap is widening between disadvantaged pupils and their more privileged peers in English primary schools. There is increasing evidence that effective use of talk-intensive (or ‘dialogic’) pedagogies can close this gap....