Language Variation in the Modern World – Please note change of date to Monday 3rd June

Please note: The date for this course is Monday 3rd June (not Monday 29th April as stated in the print version of the EMC Summer Course programme).

Why should you attend?

Language variation is one of the big areas of study on nearly all A Level English Language specifications. Taking accent and dialect as a starting point, this course will look at how you can move from the basics to explore the more complex relationships between language and identity and the changing face of variation in the UK as well as exploring how English is used around the world. Drawing on material from QMUL’s new English Language resources, this course will offer resources, support and stimulating new ideas for teaching this area on any English Language specification. 

What will the course cover?

  • The basics of accent and dialect.
  • English across the UK and around the world.
  • Language and identity.
  • Debates and arguments about language variation.
  • Encouraging student-led research and writing.

NB. This course will repeat some elements of the Diversity and Discourses course run in 2017 and 2018.



Excellent – perfectly attuned to the demands of teaching the A Level.

Jonathan Herbert, Langley Park Boys’ School, ‘Language Change & Attitudes to Change’.

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