EMC Online: English Language A Level Student Conference (30th June 2021 2-4pm)

Keeping up with language: accent change, gender and media debates



Keeping up with Language: Accent Change, Gender and Media Debates – AL Language Student Online Conference (2-4pm)


Wednesday 30th June 2021


Online via Zoom

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

2pm Taking part in the conference

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Dan Clayton

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Language debates in the media

Rob Drummond

Language debates in the media: language issues are often picked up and debated in the pages of the national press and on social media, but what do linguists have to say about these arguments and how can these debates help us understand more about the language around us and the people that feel strongly about it?

Dr Rob Drummond is a Reader in Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University. He researches, teaches and writes about spoken language and identity, with a particular focus on the sounds of speech. Alongside his research projects (manchestervoices.orgaccentism.org, and urben-id.org) he is regularly asked to comment on language-related stories in the news.

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Accent attitudes and accent change

Amanda Cole

Accent attitudes and accent change: a look at how people feel about regional accents in the UK, what linguists can tell us about these attitudes, how accent change is happening and what we can learn from this.

Dr Amanda Cole is a lecturer in sociolinguistics at the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Analytics and Data Science. She researches language variation and change as well as language attitudes in South East England.

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Language and gender

Sylvia Shaw

Language and gender: work on language and gender has moved on from the days of Mars and Venus and linguists now pay a lot of attention to the intersection of gender and other factors and contexts. What can we learn from recent research and how can we challenge gendered stereotypes about language?

Dr Sylvia Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. She has published widely on language and gender in parliamentary contexts and has carried out research projects in the House of Commons. Her latest book, Women, Language and Politics was published in 2020.

3.35pm Q&A

Panel discussion

Joining the Conference

Joining the Conference

This is an online Conference being hosted on Zoom. 

Download the Zoom app here: https://zoom.us/

Details of how to join will be sent to the teacher booking the places on Friday 25th June.

The Conference runs fron 2-4pm.

Please ask all students attending to sign in by 1.50pm. Attendees will automatically enter the session at about 1.55pm so that we can begin promptly at 2pm.

Important Info

Important Info

Booking places, alterations and cancellations

  • The Conference is limited to 100 schools. 
  • All places cost £10.
  • We cannot take provisional bookings. You can, however, let us know final numbers up to 23rd June, when bookings close.
  • Payment is by invoice. Invoices will be sent out after the Conference has run.

Bookings close on Wednesday 23rd June at 6pm, or when capacity is reached, whichever is the sooner.

Joining the Conference

  • Joining information (including link and password) will be sent to the teacher booking the Conference on Friday 25th June.
  • It is the teacher's responsibility to pass on the joining information to their students.
  • EMC will not be able to send joining information to individual students, nor to provide technical assistance in advance or on the day.



  • After the session you will receive any PowerPoint presentations or resources used during the Conference.
  • A recording of the session will be available to view online for 7 days after the event.

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How to book

How to book teacher and student places

  1. To book Conference places for your school (teachers and students), first sign in to your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  2. Add the number of teacher and student places you need to your basket. 
  3. Check out.
  4. You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  5. Joining information (including link and password will be emailed to the teacher booking the places on Friday 25th, Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th June).


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