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Beyond Language Orthodoxy in the Classroom – Hearing Students’ Voices

8 July | 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Language (spoken and written) is the single most important medium through which we teach. However, it’s not a neutral tool. We all carry presuppositions and prejudices about how it’s “supposed” to work, often shaped by our own backgrounds. What impact may educators’ attitudes towards language have on the way students express themselves in the classroom and beyond? Based on Stewart McNicol’s own research into teachers’ views of language, and wider academic thought on the dangers of language orthodoxy in the classroom, this session will challenge the way we think about (and use) language with our students.


8 July
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
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Stewart McNicol, Teacher of English, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College