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We regret that, due to the international health situation, the 2020 INSET will not take place. We hope to see you in 2021.

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 and dialects: features and attitudes
  • Child language acquisition
  • Conversation and discourse analysis
  • Global Englishes
  • 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 9:30 am -12:30 pm 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Accents & dialects: features and attitudes with Dr. Christiana Themistocleous and Prof. Jane Setter
Language & gender with Dr. Christiana Themistocleous
Tuesday  Grammar: word & clause level analysis with Prof.  Jeanine Treffers-Daller Grammar: word & clause level analysis with Prof.  Jeanine Treffers-Daller
Conversation & discourse analysis with Prof. Rodney Jones
Language & new media with Prof. Rodney Jones
Child language acquisition with Dr. Fraibet Aveledo Global Englishes with Prof. Jane Setter

Teaching staff

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

Jane Setter (Course Leader/Organiser)(Course Leader/Organiser)

Fraibet Aveledo

Sylvia Jaworska

Rodney H. Jones

Christiana Themistocleous

Jeanine Treffers-Daller


We are not taking applications at present because the course is cancelled.


Details will be confirmed later for 2021.


The course costs are as follows:

Each morning/afternoon session = £45

An entire day = £80

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

Application deadline

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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