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Aston speaks students’ language

25 October 2006 – for immediate release

Sixth formers from around the Midlands flocked to Aston University on Wednesday 18 October to brush up on their A level English Language skills at the University’s ‘English Language Sixth Form Conference’.

Almost 500 English students from years 12 and 13 attended the event.

The conference offered an excellent opportunity for students to experience stimulating lectures presented by the University’s English Language department. The department consists of world renowned English experts who are all highly regarded within their field.

Lectures will covered a variety of topics including narrative structure, forensic linguistics, as well as analysing and interpreting verb phrases in texts.

The aim of the conference was to build on and develop the students’ knowledge of A level English Language in preparation for their forthcoming examinations. The event promised to complement their studies, whilst ensuring they had an enjoyable and informative experience at the University.

'We were delighted to get so many positive responses to our invitations to attend the conference, the response has been fantastic!,’ said Dr Carol Marley from Aston University.

‘The conference was an opportunity for our visitors to experience what it's like to study English language at degree level and to meet members of staff and students. We hope the event inspired and reassured those who want to pursue their studies further - and help those who are undecided to make up their minds’.

In a recent BBC Radio Five Live interview, Lord Dearing mentioned the quality of Aston University’s language teaching provision.

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