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FYI: 'Lang/Lit From A to BA' UK Workshop 7th July 2012

Author: Billy Clark

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

FYI Body: ‘Lang/Lit From A to BA: A Higher Education Academy workshop on
Lang/Lit work at school and at university’

Hendon Campus, Middlesex University, 10am-4pm, 7 July 2012

Organised by Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Andrea Macrae
(Oxford Brookes University)

Participation is free but attendance must be confirmed in advance. To
book a place or to ask for further information, contact Billy Clark:


This workshop aims to explore lang/lit provision at school and at
university, and to consider issues around the transition from work at A
level to work on BA programmes. The workshop will develop
understanding of activities in both sectors. It will also explore student
needs and expectations, and generate ideas for how to meet them.

The day will consist of a number of sessions led by speakers who will
include A Level examiners, university academics, teachers and
students who have worked on lang/lit in both contexts. The sessions
will be interactive with opportunities for all participants to contribute,
including round table style discussions, and 'hands-on' work exploring
classroom activities.

Topics which will be discussed include:

- school and university uptake of courses
(including a national overview and discussion of issues around
availability, popularity, obstacles and opportunities)

- lang/lit at school and at university
(kinds of activities, similarities and differences)

- student expectations and reflections
(what do students make of lang/lit work in both contexts? To what
extent is the integration of language and literature successful?)

- ideas for future developments
(marketing and meeting student needs)

Further details will be available soon.

Billy Clark (b.clark@madx.ac.uk) and Andrea Macrae

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