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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
  • Discourse analysis
  • Global Englishes: Postcolonial case studies
  • Globalisation and language
  • Language and gender
  • Language and technology
  • 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 10 July Language and Technology (morning)
Dr Erhan Aslan
A Usage-based Approach to Child Language Development (afternoon)
Dr Fraibet Aveledo
Tuesday 11 July Global Englishes: Postcolonial Case Studies (morning)
Prof Jane Setter
Globalisation and Language (afternoon)
Dr Tony Capstick
Wednesday 12 July     Understanding English Grammar: word and clause level analysis (all day)
Dr Natalia Kampakli
'Understanding English grammar' continues (all day)
Dr Natalia Kampakli
Thursday 13 July Language and Gender (morning)
Prof Rodney Jones
Discourse Analysis (afternoon)
Prof Rodney Jones

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 Fraibet Aveledo

Dr Tony Capstick

Prof Rodney Jones

Dr Natalia Kampakli


Booking for this event has now closed. If you have missed the deadline but still wish to book, please contact Professor Jane Setter on to check availability. 


This year, classes take place in the Agriculture Building at the Earley Gate entrance of the University, satnav RG6 7BE. Earley Gate is accessible on public transport via Bus No. 17 (‘Purple’) from Reading railway station (Wokingham Road direction) – plan your journey here:


The course costs are as follows (held from 2022):

Each morning/afternoon session = £30

An entire day = £50

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


Application deadline: 16 June 2023

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

Edith Morley Building

University of Reading


P.O. Box 218


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

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