emagazine Student Conference for English Language A Level – 27th February 2020

The emagazine Language Conference is now full. Places do sometimes become available. Please email admin@englishandmedia.co.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


This year’s February emagazine English Language conference provides students and teachers of A Level English Language with another packed programme of material that will stimulate ideas and debate for the rest of the year.

Booking enquiries

General booking enquiries:

Email Maria

Fax: 020 7354 0133

Programme enquiries:

Email Dan


emagazine Student Conference for English Language AS & A Level – 27th February 2020


Thursday 27th February 2020


Friends House
173-177 Euston Road

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

'Change and Diversity in modern English': the February 2020 emagazine English Language conference focuses this time on two of the big areas of study at A Level: how and why language changes and how people use and respond to language variation. Ranging from cutting edge research into attitudes to language variation, projects that celebrate local diversity in English, the bigger picture of changes in English and even language use on Love Island, these talks will provide new ideas, challenge assumptions and pave the way for future discussions and research with your students.

10.20am Welcome

Dan Clayton welcomes you to the Conference

10.30-11.10am Dr Erin Carrie

Manchester Voices: The Accents and Dialects of Manchester

Exploring the rich tapestry of accents, dialects and identities that make up Greater Manchester.

A talk on the project’s aims and methods and a discussion of the importance of language variation to people’s sense of identity.

11.15-11.55am Professor Emma Moore

More than ‘Impoverished Language’

How nonstandard grammar helps to negotiate social hierarchies and manage relationships

‘Impoverished language’ is one of the most cited explanations for the educational underachievement of working class children. This raises an important question: Does speaking a nonstandard dialect prevent working class children from doing well at school? To explore this, we’ll consider the ways in which individuals use nonstandard grammar in interaction. Does nonstandard grammar function in the ways we might expect, and is it ever the case that speaking in a nonstandard dialect is an advantage?

11,55-12.25pm Break

Book signings at the bookstall

12.25-1.05pm Lane Greene

Internet Language

Everyone seems to agree that the internet is changing language, but just how is the subject of wide disagreement. Is change positive, negative or merely neutral? I will argue that the effect of the internet on offline language is surprisingly small, looking at what (few) ways speech and offline writing have changed. What is truly new is the creation of a new form of language--internet language itself--alongside the traditional two, speech and writing, with some elements of both and some 'digitally native', all its own.

1.05-1.50pm Lunch

Book signings at the bookstall

1.50-2.30pm Dr Carmen Llamas

Outstanding Sounds: The Sociolinguistic Salience of Phonetic Forms

Even from hearing just a few words spoken, we start to make judgements about where a person is from and who a person is. But what is it that we notice in speech that allows us to do that? Phonetic features can index social categories which are linked to identities, which in turn are tied to our attitudes and judgements. In order to investigate which features of pronunciation carry this socioindexical information, we will look at accent differences in the Scottish/English border region.

2.35-3.35pm Professor David Crystal

What's New in the English Language?

This talk reflects on some of the language changes that have taken place in the fifteen years between the second (2003) and third (2018) editions of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. The 2018 edition has 50 new pages, with subjects including Shakespeare's vocabulary and pronunciation, fresh insights into the growing cultural identities of 'new Englishes' around the world, developments in digital language with the emergence of new online varieties in social media, and much more.


Conference ends – book signings at the bookstall afterwards



Where is the Conference Held?

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


Getting to the Conference


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.


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 and Saturday 09:00-13:30. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone. Details of how to pay here.


Coaches may stop outside Friends House to drop students off.


London Euston Station Car Park

MSCP Melton Street

Tel: +44 (0)345 222 4224

The Royal National Car Park 

38-51 Bedford Way

Tel: +44 (0)20-7691 2630

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellations


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.


  • When bookings open on 6th November, 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 or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020 and up to 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020: 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Friday 7th February 2020: 100% charge

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

Arrangements on the Day

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.

Risk Assessment

We are unable to provide a risk assessment for your students, but are very happy to answer any questions you might have about the venue which would help you in completing your own risk assessment.

The emagazine Language Conference is now full. Places do sometimes become available. Please email admin@englishandmedia.co.uk if


This conference is already fully booked. However, places may become available. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email admin@englishandmedia.co.uk.