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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 English develop and how is it 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.

Course content

The following topics will be covered:

  • Accents of England
  • Child language acquisition
  • Conversation and discourse analysis
  • English in the World
  • Grammar: Word and Clause level analysis
  • Language and gender
  • Language and new media
  • Read about the Inset Course Content here.

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.


 Programme  9.30am – 12.30pm  13:30pm – 16:30pm
 Monday 11th July Grammar: Word & Clause Level Analysis - Natalia Kampakli Grammar session continues - Natalia Kampakli
 Tuesday 12th July Morning: Discourse and Conversation Analysis - Sylvia Jaworska Afternoon: Language & Gender - Sylvia Jaworska
 Wednesday 13th July Morning: Child Language Acquisition - Daniel Fryer Afternoon: Language & New Media with Dr Diana Ben Aaron
 Thursday 14th July Morning: Accents of England - Jane Setter Afternoon: English in the World - Jane Setter

Teaching staff

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

Jane Setter (Course Leader/Organiser)

Daniel Fryer

Sylvia Jaworska

Diana Ben Aaron

Natalia Kampakli



We are at London Road, building LO22, Rooms 110 and 111.


The course costs are as follows:

Each morning/afternoon session = £30

An entire day = £50

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

Our booking page has now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to attend.

Application deadline: 17 June 2022

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 Professor Jane Setter 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 course. It may not be possible to return any fee in full.

Find out more

For information, please contact Professor Jane Setter at the following postal address, phone number, or e-mail:


Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics

University of Reading

P.O. Box 218


Tel. +44 118 378 6089 (International), 0118 378 6089 (UK)

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

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