How does language work? Conference

Inspiring, informing and equipping teachers and their students with knowledge about how language works as a meaning making system. 

Moving learners from everyday language to the academic language needed to succeed.

Date: Thursday 27th June and/or Friday 28th June, 2013

Time: 9.00-4.45pm

Venue: Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Standard rate: £250 for two days or £150 for one day (the price includes lunch and refreshments)

Concessionary rate for Aston staff and students: £125 for two days or £75 for one day 
(the price includes lunch and refreshments)

How Does Language Work? Conference

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.


Professor J R Martin, University of Sydney (Australia) 

Associate Professor Sue Hood, University of Technology (Australia) 

Tom Bartlett, Cardiff University (UK) 

Lise Fontaine, Cardiff University (UK) 

Gerard O’Grady, Cardiff University (UK)

Geoff Thompson, University of Liverpool (UK)

Brian Dare, Director of Lexis Education and international consultant for language and literacy  

Further Information and Conference Programme:

For more details of this two-day event, click here.

Registration and payment:

To guarantee a place, please register online first and then proceed to online payment by selecting the dates you wish to attend: 

Payment - please select the dates you wish to attend: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, 2013 / Thursday 27th June 2013 / Friday 28th June 2013

For Aston staff and students, please select the dates you wisht to attend: 
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, 2013 / Thursday 27th June 2013 / Friday 28th June 2013


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

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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