A level English Language student conference: offline, on (Euston) road and in-person (2.3.22)

Our second in-person emagazine student Language conference of the academic year! We welcome five linguists and language experts to talk about everything languagey, from accents and politics through a call for creativity and investigations into the function of function words. Come and join us!

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The conference will begin at 10.20am and finish by 3.30pm. The speakers below have been confirmed – further details of the talks plus the confirmed running order will be available shortly.

  • Amanda Cole: Attitudes to Regional Dialects in the UK: challenging the idea of correct or standard English
  • Lynne Murphy: Making People Strange: a function of function words
  • Gary Younge: Language and Politics
  • Khawla Badwan: Doing Language Beyond Mastery: a call for creativity and foster-ship
  • Deborah Cameron: Reading Language Stories

Booking enquires

General booking enquires:

Email Maria

Programme enquiries:

Email Dan

Conference:

A level English Language student conference: offline, on (Euston) road and in-person

When:

Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Where:

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

The speakers below have been confirmed – further details of the talks plus the confirmed running order will be available shortly.

10.20 Dan Clayton

Welcome

Take seats and introduction to the conference.

10.30-11.05
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Amanda Cole

Attitudes to Regional Dialects in the UK: challenging the idea of correct or standard English

How do people feel about regional dialects in the UK and why do they feel this way? In this talk we will look at language attitudes and ideologies, how they emerge and how they affect society. We’ll review recent research showing inequalities in how different groups of people are judged and stereotyped based on the way they speak. We’ll challenge popular ideas that there is a correct or proper way of speaking English and we’ll see how these ideas can create and maintain inequalities. 

Dr Amanda Cole is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Essex in the Department of Language and Linguistics and the Institute for Analytics and Data Science. Amanda researches and teaches sociolinguistics and her work has focussed on the accents of South East England. She specialises in the fields of language variation and change, and language attitudes and ideologies. She is interested in why people speak differently to each other, how languages change, and the ways in which people are perceived or judged based on their accent.

11.10-1.50
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Lynne Murphy

Making People Strange: a function of function words

If there’s one thing language is good for, it’s talking about people. Proper names, pronouns, descriptive noun phrases: we have lots of choice in how to refer to those we gossip about and each choice we make reveals something about our attitude towards them. And while they don’t seem to mean much by themselves, the little function words have a lot to say: the peoplethese peoplethose peopleyou people

Lynne Murphy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. As @lynneguist, she writes the award-winning blog Separated by a Common Language. Her most recent book, The Prodigal Tongue: the love–hate relationship between British and American English (Oneworld 2018) is 'a funny and rollicking read' (The Economist). She is currently writing a book about small words.

11.50-12.25 Break

12.30-1.10
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Gary Younge

Language and Politics

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and author of five books including: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives and The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream. He has also written for a range of magazines and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

1.10-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.35
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Khawla Badwan

Doing Language Beyond Mastery: a call for creativity and foster-ship

Have you thought about how we ‘do language’ as we enter, exit, and navigate language spaces every day? What do we actually mean by ‘English’ in a world where the language is used in so many different ways by different people, including speakers of many other languages. In my talk, I take you on a journey to discuss language as a verb: open, dynamic, creative, responsive, proactive, human, post-human, and always in the making (Badwan, 2021). Through this lens, we analyse language performance as a lived, embodied, and distributed practice. Does this performance have to be ‘masterful’ and what does this term mean? What happens when we go beyond mastery? This talk ends with a note on linguistic foster-ship, wrapping arms around language users whose voices and practices are marginalised or seen as ‘odd’ through narrow and neat framings of what counts as ‘English’, ‘literacy’ or even ‘language’.

Khawla Badwan is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research interests include language education, social justice, mobility, identity, place, and intercultural communication. Her most recent publication is a book entitled Language in a Globalised World: Social Justice Perspectives on Mobility and Contact (2021), published by Palgrave.

2.40-3.20
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Deborah Cameron

Reading Language Stories

‘Study shows men are better joke-tellers than women’. ‘Scientists say people save more money if their language doesn’t have a future tense’. Have you ever come across headlines like this and thought: ‘Wait, can that really be true?’? If so, it’s a good question. In this talk I’ll try to answer it, explaining why these eye-catching media reports don’t usually tell the whole story – and how you can approach their claims critically.  

Deborah Cameron is Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University. As well as writing academic books and articles, she’s the owner of the blog Language: a feminist guide, and sometimes performs language-themed stand-up comedy.  

3.25-3.30 Conference ends

Location

Location

Where is the Conference Held?

The emagazine Language Conference for Advanced Level Students  is being held at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ – directly opposite Euston Station.

Map

Getting to the Conference

Train

The closest train stations are Euston and Kings Cross.

Tube (underground)

Tube stations within a 5 to 15-minute walk include: Euston, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Goodge Street, Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. The closest tubes are Euston and Euston Square.

Bus

Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Friends House is within a meter parking zone. Charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08:30 -18:30. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. For details of how to pay here.

Coaches

Coaches may stop outside Friends House to drop students off.

Parking

There is no on-site parking available at Friends House. The local roads have metered parking bays and fall within TfL charging zones. TFL driving information is available on the TFL website: tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/. There are three disabled blue badge parking bays located in Endsleigh Gardens. Information about Camden Council parking is available on the Council's website: www.camden.gov.uk/where-to-park.

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellations

Prices

The fee is £22 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Booking

  • Book online and choose to pay by invoice.
  • Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
  • Please note: we are unable to take provisional bookings.
  • Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.

Cancellations

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Monday 28th February 2022. After this date, 100% charge will be made.

COVID-19

Should schools need to cancel coming to the event at the last minute due to Covid-19, a full refund will be on offer.

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or circumstances beyond our control (other than Covid-19).

Arrangements on the Day

Risk Assessment/COVIS-19 Protocols

For your risk assessment, you can find Covid 19 Protocols at the venue here.

Masks

Unless exempt, you will be required to wear a mask during the Conference. We'd be grateful if you could remind students to bring a mask with them.

Registration

Registration will open at 9.30 and we ask you to be in your seats for 10.30am.

Entrance is via the Euston Road entrance to Friends House.

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.

We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the Friends House building.

Lunch and Refreshments

The cafe at Friends House is open from 8am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops in the area immediately behind Friends House and plenty of food outlets across the road at Euston Station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

Book Now

How to book

This year we are limiting places to 600.

Book online and opt to pay by invoice on the checkout page.

Prices

The cost is £22 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.

Cancellations and amendments

Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Monday 28th February 2022. After this date, 100% charge will be made.

COVID-19

Should schools need to cancel coming to the event at the last minute due to Covid-19, a full refund will be on offer.

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or circumstances beyond our control (other than Covid-19).

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