Exploring Englishes in the World, 8 June 2019

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Event details

An estimated 1.5 billion people – 20 per cent of the world’s population – speak English today. While there are many Global Englishes, not all ‘Englishes’receive equal recognition and respect.

To counter this, York St John University staff and students will celebrate the wonders of Global Englishes, showcasing their heritage and vitality through an introduction to literature, food and other traditions and customs.

Come along and meet researchers from the University’s School of Languages and Linguistics and the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy and discover more about how Global Englishes have developed and continue to evolve.

About the speakers

Dr Chisato Danjo is a Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. Her research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and educational linguistics, especially on the topics of multilingualism, language policy and practice, family language planning and maintenance, and language issues relating to culture and identity.

Chris Hall is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the LIdIA (Language and Identities in InterAction) Research Unit in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. He is the author of a number of books including Morphology and Mind and An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Breaking the Language Spell, and co-author of Introducing Language and Use and Mapping Applied Linguistics. A Guide for Students and Practitioners.

Dr Indu Vibha Meddegama is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University. Her principal area of research is in the home language practices of immigrant multilingual multi-generational families based in Anglophone contexts. Indu’s current work also extends to considering societal attitudes towards Global Englishes.

Niamh O’Shea is a current final year student on the BA in Linguistics and TESOL programme at York St John University. For her dissertation project, Niamh is investigating teacher attitudes towards ‘non-native’ Englishes.

Dr Linda Walz is a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at York St John University and a Tutor of German at the University of York. She has a background in language teaching, having worked as a teacher of English and German in Swiss Secondary Education. Her main research interests lie in how identity is constructed and negotiated through language. She is especially interested in narratives of personal transition, such as produced by individuals who have moved abroad.

Dr Sarah Lawson Welsh is an Associate Professor and Reader in English and Postcolonial Literature in the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy at York St John University. Sarah’s main research interests are in Food Studies and in contemporary postcolonial writing and cultures, especially Caribbean, Black British and women’s writing.

Brandon Woodcock is currently completing a BA in English linguistics and TESOL at York St John University. As a part-time language teacher, Brandon’s currently gaining a wealth of experience into adult learners’ expectations and understanding around ‘British English(es)’.

Hidden Figures Screening: March 28th

By Charlotte Stevenson

On Thursday 28th March 2019 at 17:00, FT/002, York St. John Feminist Society will be hosting a free screening of Oscar nominated motion picture, Hidden Figures. The movie tells the story of mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who produced defining work which made possible numerous NASA successes during the U.S. Space Race and beyond.

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LGBT History Month Event: Trans and Non-Binary History and Acceptance, 13 February, York St John University

It’s LGBT History Month in February and we have some great events. How about coming along to this:

Trans and Non-Binary History and Acceptance, 13 February, York St John University

A talk with Kit Heyam. Former co-ordinator of the York LGBT History Month, and experienced trans-awareness trainer, Kit will return to York St John to share stories of trans and non-binary history and acceptance. Kit identifies as a non-binary transgender man and co-ordinates the Rainbow Plaques project.

This event is free and is open to all. The talk will be 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q+A.

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Now That’s What I Call Life on the Literature Programme 2018: A Retrospective (2/3)

This week, as a new year begins, we are taking a look back over the past 12 months and celebrating everything that’s happened here on the Literature programme this year. In this post, we’ll be rounding up the big stories from the blog. We don’t have room to mention them all, but here are the ones that made a real splash on the blog!

Tomorrow  be hearing what you said about your time with us in 2018. 

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‘Et in Arcadia ego’ – Reflections on Visiting Castle Howard

By Charlotte Stevenson

Each year, to accompany reading Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, third year students studying our Twentieth-Century Writing module visit the Brideshead of the screen, Castle Howard. Here Charlotte Stevenson reflects on her thoughts of the 2018 trip and her experience of reading Waugh’s novel.

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“Keep Your Mind Open to Contagious Ideas”: A Reflection on the 2018 Words Matter Lecture by Dr Jo Waugh

By Erin Byrne

On Thursday 11th October, Dr Jo Waugh delivered the Literature Programme’s annual ‘Words Matter’ lecture, this year exploring the topic of Literature and Contagion. Regular Blog Writer Erin Bryne was on the scene.

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Volunteering Opportunity: Light Night 2018

Light Night 2018 Volunteer Information

Light Night is a multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds city centre on 2 nights in early October. The city’s arts and cultural venues open their doors late into the evening, and artists transform indoor and outdoor spaces into exciting, interactive works of art.

This year’s festival will take place on the evenings of Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October. Volunteers must also be able to attend one of our briefing sessions taking place at 6pm on Wednesday 19th September and 6pm on Monday 24th September.

Being such a large city-wide event, which is increasing in popularity year on year, Light Night relies on a large number of volunteers. The role of Light Night Festival Volunteer will involve a number of different duties, and opportunities may vary depending on what this year’s Light Night priorities are.  You may be asked to assist an artist, undertake market research, or work as a visitor assistant. 

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bradford literature festival – volunteer roles!

The Bradford Literature Festival have been in touch regarding their festival volunteering scheme.

‘Bradford Literature festival has been hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. Featuring over 400 artists across 300 events, we celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms. We would love your help to spread the word about the different opportunities available to join the festival, we are looking for a large team to work with us from the 29th June- 10th July. Volunteers will gain valuable skills that all employers are looking for in a fun, dynamic and fast paced environment’.

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