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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…
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.
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…
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….
This double-length article reports on a multifaceted investigation of the environmental and cognitive predictors of proficiency in English as the school language, in a diverse group of 5- to 7-year-old heritage speakers of a variety of other languages. It adopts a data-driven approach to compare the informativity of alternative predictors (e.g., current vs. cumulative language…
Thea Pitman, Diane Nelson and Janet Watson are on the supervisory team for the new Leverhulme-funded Extinction Studies Doctoral Training Programme (PL Graham Huggan). The DTP will host PGR projects that deal with extinction – biological, cultural and linguistic – from a range of perspectives that cut across Social Science, Natural Science and the Humanities. This exciting new interdisciplinary…
Natalia V. Parker, a second year PhD student from LCS, has just had her first textbook published by Routledge. Russian in Plain English: A Very Basic Russian Starter for Complete Beginners This is not a traditional course book. It is based on the principles of Spiral Curriculum, introduced by cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, and is…