Wednesday 18 January at 18:00 in Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower
Dr. Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh University) on “Linguistics in schools – is the tide turning?”
Abstract: For many years, the place of knowledge about language (KAL) in the school curriculum was marginalised. Much of this was a consequence of academic linguists failing to engage with teachers and with policy makers. In more recent years, however, KAL has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and a more central place in certain parts of the school curriculum. What’s more, extra-curricular – and cross-curricular – interest in linguistics has been developing, particularly in connection with the recent United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad. In this talk, I discuss some of the ways in which a renewed interest in KAL has been manifest; I also consider what more remains to be done, and ways in which young linguists – those people taking degrees in linguistics and English Language, and recent graduates in those fields – could become involved in the promotion of linguistics in schools, if they wished.
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The talk will start at 6:00 p.m. and last about 1 hour. It will be followed by a Q&A session (about half an hour). We will then go to a pub for food and drink with the speaker.
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