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British Library trip

posted 6 Mar 2015, 06:48 by H Slim   [ updated 6 Mar 2015, 06:48 ]

On Wednesday 25th February, year 13 English Language students visited the British Library in London. The trip was designed to enhance their knowledge of the changes that the English language has gone through and the attitudes that various social groups have towards it. They were given a tour of the library including the impressive collection of King George III displayed in the centre of the library and spanning all 5 floors! 

They were given the opportunity to look at some of the key turning points in language change. They investigated the impact of politics, technology and standardisation on language production. 

Students also took part in a workshop which focused on exploring the many accents and dialects of English that are spoken in this country. They listened to several sound clips from the library’s archives and discussed attitudes towards and perceptions of them. 

It was a really good day and the students were exemplary. Highlights of the day have to be introducing the provider to some classic ‘Essex’ colloquialisms and having our picture taken with the revolutionary ‘Printing Press’. 

We are now looking forward to building on this visit as we prepare for the A2 exam in May. 

Mrs Fry 

Assistant Curriculum Leader - English & Literacy