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EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Language Diversity and Discourses for AQA – Manchester

Places available
£265 per place
Clayton Hotel, Manchester

This course focuses on the AQA English Language A level and in particular the topic of language diversity and associated language discourses. We’ll start with how language varies across different levels - lexis, phonology, syntax and orthography, among them - before moving onto accent, dialect, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. We will make reference to the new EMC/University of Essex publication New Directions as part of the day, giving all teachers attending a free printed copy to take away on the day. The course is designed to address the main areas for Paper 2, developing teachers’ subject knowledge, looking at new research and thinking, and exploring ways to make all this relevant to students. With language discourses, we will look at some of the main arguments around the topics and consider ways to encourage students to engage with these debates.

  • Key ideas, theories and case studies.
  • The basics of language diversity for Paper 2 and how to describe and explain its features and characteristics.
  • Ideas for introductory lessons and student projects to suit your students’ interests.
  • Debates and arguments about language diversity.
  • Encouraging student-led research and writing.

How to get to the course

The hotel is an 8-minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station.

  • From the station walk south-west towards Fairfield St. 
  • Turn right onto Fairfield St/B6469 and continue to follow B6469. 
  • Turn right towards Sackville St and the hotel will be on the left.

Course fee includes the following EMC Publications

Photo of Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton is an education consultant at the EMC and specialises in English Language work at A Level and language education across the secondary curriculum. He has been a teacher of A Level English for over 20 years, senior examiner and moderator for different awarding bodies and is author/editor of many books for A Level English Language, including ones for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press & Routledge, as well as publications for the EMC and NATE. Dan has worked closely with many universities to help develop links between A level and HE, worked as a research fellow at UCL and runs the EngLangBlog site and @EngLangBlog twitter account, as well as being part of the Lexis Podcast team. He has also taught Media and Film Studies and is Associate Editor of emagazine and MediaMagazine.

Photo of Rob Drummond

Rob Drummond

Rob Drummond is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University. His latest book, You’re All Talk: Why we are what we speak, was published in October this year.

  • Bookings for this course will close at 8am BST on Wednesday 12th June or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner. 
  • This course must be booked online. 
  • To book this course you must be signed into one of the following accounts:
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  9. Please note, if a course has to be cancelled for reasons beyond our reasonable control, you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us.

Cancellations and amendments

  • We require at least five working days’ notice of cancellation, otherwise your school will be invoiced for the full amount. However, if you are not able to attend and a colleague would like to take your place, this can be arranged at any time. (Please email [email protected] with the name and email address of the teacher.)
  • You will receive a notification when the course has reached viable numbers and will definitely run unless there are circumstances beyond our reasonable control.
  • If a course does have to be cancelled you will not be charged for the course and will receive a refund if you paid in advance. However, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the course which have been arranged by you or your institution are at your own risk and not refundable by us. You may wish to wait until you hear that the course has reached viable numbers before booking these.
  • Our face-to-face courses are very interactive and cannot be live-streamed.