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The Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics


The Reading INSET for teachers

of AS/A2 Level English Language


Our 11th year!


Monday 6th - Thursday 9th July 2015

¶¶Deadline for application extended to Friday 26th June 2015¶¶


We at the Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics are pleased to announce the 10th course for teachers of AS/A2 Level English Language in July 2015.


Aims of the course

How does grammar really work?  Why do people have certain attitudes to different accents of English? How can we describe the social and linguistic features of discourse? How did world Englishes develop and how are they changing? This course will address these questions, and more.

The sessions are intended for teachers who feel they would like to learn more about Linguistic and Applied Linguistic topics to inform their teaching of English Language. 


Praise for the course

"Highly recommended."
"Daunting stuff made accessible."
"Good for both beginners and those wanting to strengthen their knowledge and understanding."
"All the courses were aimed well to engage all participants and the resources used were accessible and usable. I have very much benefited from the course and would definitely recommend it to others wishing to revise previous knowledge or begin to navigate the fascinating world of the English Language. I had a brilliant time!"


Course timing and content

The course runs on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July 2015.  The following topics will be covered (click on the topic headings for an outline):


Accents and dialects: features and attitudes

Child language acquisition

Conversation and discourse analysis

Essential Phonetics

Global Englishes

Grammar - parts 1 and 2

Language and gender


Course elements will run for a morning or an afternoon session.  Registration will be allowed for individual topics; i.e., participants can sign up for elements which interest them, or for any combination of the three days.

Morning sessions begin at 9.30am, with registration from 9am, and afternoon sessions begin at 1.30pm, with registration from 1pm

The programme for 2015 is as follows (as of 6th February 2015):





Mon 6th July 2015

Grammar part 1: word-level analysis

with Dr Jacqueline Laws

Grammar part 2: clause-level analysis

with Dr Jacqueline Laws

Tue 7th July 2015

Language & gender

with Dr Christiana Themistocleous

Accents & dialects: features & attitudes

with Dr Christiana Themistocleous

Wed 8th July 2015

Conversation & discourse analysis

with Dr Sylvia Jaworska

Child language acquisition

with Mr Daniel Fryer, MSc

Thu 9th July 2015

Essential phonetics

with Prof Jane Setter

Global Englishes

with Prof Jane Setter


Details of most of the staff teaching on the course can be found by clicking on the names below:

Jane Setter (Course Leader/Organiser); Sylvia JaworskaJacqueline Laws; Christiana Themistocleous.

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Application can be made to Mrs Anne Whitbread (see details below).

CLICK HERE to download or view an enrolment form.

To register your interest or reserve a place, please apply to Mrs Whitbread.

CLICK HERE  for directions to the University.  PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE AT EARLEY GATE THIS  YEAR.

The course costs are as follows:
Each morning/afternoon session = £45
An entire day = £75

Lunch is included on the day(s) that you are attending.

**Deadline for application Friday 26th June 2015.**

Please note that places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Numbers for each topic will be capped at 20 participants. 

If you wish to attend the course but have missed the application deadline, please contact Mrs Whitbread about availability.

We regret that we are unable to organise accommodation for course participants.  Please see below for information on accommodation in Reading.



Participants must inform us in writing if they wish to withdraw from any part of the courseWe regret that, once invoices have been issued, the fee payer is liable for the full fee.

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If you are intending to come to Reading for this course, please see details of hotels and guest houses in Reading by clicking HERE.

The Cedars Hotel, which is on campus, has en-suite rooms but is of limited availability.  

For information or to book your place, please contact Mrs Anne Whitbread at the following postal address, phone/fax number, or e-mail:

  • Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics
    University of Reading
    P.O. Box 218

    Tel. +44 118 378 8141 (International), 0118 378 8141 (UK)

    Fax +44 118 378 6669 (International), 0118 378 6669 (UK)

    E-mail: a.e.whitbread@reading.ac.uk

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