Second Annual How does language & literacy work? Conference

Embedding subject literacies across the curriculum at Key Stages 2 & 3

How Does Language Work? Conference

Date: Saturday 17th May 2014

Time: 9.30-5.00

Venue: Aston Business School Conference & Hotel, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Price: £175 (the price includes lunch and refreshments) 

Concessionary places also available (limited places). To enquire please contact Jacquie Harding at j.harding@aston.ac.uk

The variation between the language of the home and community and the language of school is at the heart of a great deal of the underachievement of identifiable groups of learners in Britain. These learners may speak English either as a first or second language. They draw on the language of home and community to make meanings within school. School subjects draw on different kinds of language. These variations in language do not match.

The conference aims to:

  • Make the workings of the language system explicit in order to appreciate the role language plays, in constructing knowledge across all learning areas.
  • Build understandings about the patterned ways meanings are made within and across genres so that educators are able to develop students’ language resources to understand and produce those genres.
  • Enable participants to understand and use the differences between spoken and written language, both as a teaching and a learning tool. 

Speakers include: 

Caroline Coffin, Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK.

Claire Acevedo, Freelance Education Consultant and Teacher Educator

Dr Urszula Clark, Reader in English, Aston University, Birmingham (UK)

Dr Garry Plappert, Lecturer in English, Aston University, Birmingham (UK)

Lee Donaghy, Assistant Principal, Park view School, The Academy of Mathematics and Science, Birmingham (UK)

Conference Programme:

For more details of this event, click here.

Registration and payment:

To guarantee a place, please register online first and then proceed to online payment.

This booking is non-refundable, but may be swapped with another delegate if you are unable to attend.


Hotel rooms can be booked at the Aston Business School. For more details and to check availability, click hereQuote name of conference on booking to receive discount subject to availability.

Car parking and Directions:

To book a parking space online, for a map and directions, click here

Contact: Jacquie Harding at j.harding@aston.ac.uk

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