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EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Language Diversity and Discourses for AQA (5.12.23 Autumn 23)

Fully booked
£245 per place
EMC, London, SE1

This course focuses on the AQA English Language A level and in particular the topic of language diversity and language discourses. We’ll start with topics such as accent, dialect and sociolect before moving onto ethnicity, world Englishes and gender. 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.

EMC, 44 Webber Street, London, SE1 8QW

How to get to the English and Media Centre

National Rail:

Waterloo and Waterloo East are within 10 minutes walk


Southwark on the Jubilee Line

Waterloo on the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City and Northern Lines


The following bus routes go close to Webber Street: 1, 139, 168, 171, 172, 344


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 on Friday 1st December or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner. 
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  8. We know people who are travelling to in-person courses by train like to book their tickets as soon as possible to take advantage of cheaper fares. This course has now reached viable numbers so we can confirm it will run (barring unforeseen circumstances, see below). (For details of timing, centre address and map, see right.)
  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.

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