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University of Manchester students Hannah Broughton (front centre), Alisha Bhagat (to the right of Hannah), and Shannon Allen (back right), all pursuing degrees in English Language, with pupils at West Craven High School in Barnoldswick, March 2015.

Bring Our Dialects to your school!

Through Our Dialects Outreach, undergraduate students pursuing degrees in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester visit GCSE and A-level English Language classes in Greater Manchester. The university students lead pupils in interactive workshops on variation and change in English, including:

  • Mini-lessons on sociolinguistics and dialect variation
  • Explorations of the patterns and trends found in the maps on this website
  • Educational games such as “pin the dialect on the map”
  • Debates on language variation and standard language
  • Hands-on lessons on the academic research process and discussions of university life

Pupil feedback on the workshops is extremely positive:

Please get in touch with us via the Contact page if you would like us to bring our dialect maps to your pupils!

Ellie Sime and Laura McCann (both third year, English Language) present classic sociolinguistic studies, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar.

Ellie Sime and Laura McCann (both third year, English Language) present classic sociolinguistic studies, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar, March 2015.

Alisha Bhagat (third year, English Language) teaches year 13 pupils about dialect diversity, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar.

Alisha Bhagat (third year, English Language) teaches year 13 pupils about UK dialects, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar, March 2015.

Evangeline Grant (second year, English Language) surveys pupils’ words for everyday objects, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar, March 2015.

Evangeline Grant (second year, English Language) surveys pupils’ words for everyday objects, Altrincham Girls’ Grammar, March 2015.