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Aims of the course

How does grammar really work? How can we describe the social and linguistic features of discourse? How did Global Englishes develop and what do they look like? How do language and technology interact? And how can we investigate child language development? 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: 

  • Child language development
  • Global Englishes: Postcolonial case studies
  • Globalisation and language
  • Language and gender
  • Language and technology
  • Language and the workplace
  • Understanding English Grammar: Word and Clause level analysis

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 09:30, with registration from 09:00, and afternoon sessions begin at 13.30, with registration from 13:00. 

Programme                     09:30– 12:30                                                                                                                         13:30–16:30
Monday 8 July

Understanding English Grammar: word and clause level analysis (all day)

Dr Jacqueline Laws

Understanding English Grammar continues (all day) 

Dr Jacqueline Laws

Tuesday 9 July

Language and Gender (morning)

Dr Christiana Themistocleous

Global Englishes: Postcolonial Case Studies (afternoon)

Prof Jane Setter

Wednesday 10 July    

Child Language Development (morning)

Dr Daniel Fryer

Language and the Workplace (afternoon)

Prof Sylvia Jaworska

Thursday 11 July

Globalisation and Language (morning)

Dr Tony Capstick

Language and Technology (afternoon)

Dr Erhan Aslan

Teaching staff

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

Prof Jane Setter (Course Leader/Organiser)

Dr Erhan Aslan

Dr Tony Capstick

Mr Daniel Fryer

Prof Sylvia Jaworska

Dr Jacqueline Laws

Dr Christiana Themistocleous


This year, classes take place on Whiteknights Campus in the Henley Business School Building, satnav RG6 6UR. Whiteknights Campus is accessible on public transport via buses 21 and 21a (‘Claret’) from Reading railway station (Wokingham Road direction) – plan your journey here:


The course costs for 2024 are as follows:

Each morning/afternoon session = £40

An entire day = £60

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

Application deadline: 10 June 2024

The application deadline for this year's INSET has passed. If you wish to attend but have missed the application deadline, please contact Professor Jane Setter ( about availability.  

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

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.


We can no longer offer accommodation on campus. Please check a site such as to find accommodation if you require it. 

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

Edith Morley Building

University of Reading


P.O. Box 218


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

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