EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Language Investigations for the AL Language NEA (Full day at EMC 20.9.22)

This one-day face-to-face course will take place at The English and Media Centre in London (see right for address and map). The course will be limited to 15 participants.

Course content

The focus of the course will be the Language Investigation coursework for English Language A level. We will look at how to inspire, lead up to, set up, supervise and encourage productive and manageable investigations on a range of themes using different methodologies. The suggestions will be suitable for any of the A Level specifications. As part of the day, we will have a hands-on data analysis workshop where we will work together using different data sets to develop investigative approaches and analytical methods. Whether you are teaching the A Level for the first time, or just looking for ideas to help you refresh this part of the course, this course should help you. There will be a chance to discuss ideas at the end in a Q&A session.

What will the course cover?

  • What’s involved in a Language Investigation.
  • Choosing topics and asking suitable questions: what works and what to avoid.
  • Helping students develop analysis and interpretation of their data.
  • Pinpointing suitable background reading.
  • How to conclude and evaluate projects.
  • What good investigations can look like.

Course tutor: 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 an awarding body 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. He has also taught Media and Film Studies and is Associate Editor of both emagazine and MediaMagazine

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Friday 16th September, or when capacity (15) is reached, whichever is the sooner. 

  • This course must be booked online. If you pay by card that is a big help to us as a small, not-for-profit organisation. Please only ask to be invoiced if required by your school. If you need to pay by invoice, you must be signed into a 'School User' account. You will not be able to request an invoice if you have one of the short courses in your basket at the same time. These must be paid for in advance.
  • To book a place on this course, first sign into your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  • Click 'Book online' (right-hand column) and fill in the name and email address of the person attending the course. The joining information and post-course email will be sent to this address.
  • If you are booking for more than one person, repeat the process.
  • Then hover over your basket (top right) and click checkout. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket. If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process.
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  • Please do not book travel until you have received confirmation that this in-person course is running. You will receive this confirmation no later than one week before the course date. (For details of timing, centre address and map, see right.) 
  • 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.


Course was amazingly helpful; it's provided me with so many good ideas for introducing the investigation to my students, as well as recommendations for resources. I caught up on the course at the end of a really hard week at school and this gave me a really positive ending to the week.

Katy Goodwin-Bates, Woodhouse Grove School on 'EMC CPD Online: Introducing the NEA: English Language A Level'.

Very clear information, really useful resources - thank you.

Jo Sheldon, Heathfield Community College on 'EMC CPD Online: Introducing the NEA: English Language A Level'.

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