For anyone enthusiastic about the idea of introducing more linguistics into school teaching!

How to register yourself as an enthusiast

Register here.

  • This will automatically put you on a mailing list for occasional updates, and also for discussion. The list is called lingschool@jiscmail.ac.uk; all the messages can be found archived at the list’s website.
  • It also provides us with a pool of potential volunteers for various tasks as they come up – but of course entirely subject to you.
  • We will not share your information with any other organisation.

What’s happening in language education?

For an update on developments in the UK’s schools.

How you can help.

For some projects you can help with.

Current enthusiasts

Current enthusiasts’ institutions

2 Responses to For enthusiasts

  1. Jean Conteh says:

    it’s great to have an interest group that includes those of us working in primary settings, where issues about linguistics are crucially important, but currently more or less ignored. I’d like to add another dimension to the discussion, that of learners of English as an additional language (EAL). Pupils who come into this category make up about 15% of school populations, and the numbers are growing rapidly. There’s lots of research which shows the importance of KAL (among other things) to meet the needs and play to the strengths of these pupils, any of whom are highly skilled bilinguals and multilinguals. Some of us have been banging on about the need to take seriously the fascination and complexity of the field of EAL for years.

    all best wishes

  2. Roderick Duke says:

    In response to Dick’s request for info on what schools do re Linguistics, Roderick Duke writes:
    At Kingswood School in Bath we just do a little practice with younger pupils as part of a wider Gifted and Talented programme a few weeks before the annual UKLO using past questions. We encourage parents and children to practise at home together, but there is no formal linguistics orientated activity and unlikely to be one in the future. It is seen as an extension for able pupils in the same way as other subject based Challenges/Olympiads.

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