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Social Justice In English Language Education: a policy review and developme...

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Room 9231, Cantor Building

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Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield Hallam University Department of Humanities and Sheffield Institute of Education invite you to participate in a cross-disciplinary and community engagement event with the aim of setting a new policy agenda for English Language education founded on principles of social justice. Current English Language policy in the UK, with its rigid and exclusive focus on ‘standard English’ monolingualism in the curriculum, fosters a socially discriminatory and culturally divisive school experience. We propose to develop new policy recommendations for English Language education, grounded in a commitment to social justice and social equality, which will value the language skills and experience that children bring with them into school and provide all children with confidence in their own linguistic abilities. All interested educators, scholars and policy-makers are welcome to attend.

The event will include the following keynote presentations with a third keynote to be announced:

Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University

“A socially just policy for language in education: precedents, principles and practices”

Diane Leedham, Sheffield Hallam University

“From there to here : a subject English teacher’s critical reflections on institutional ambitions for social justice via language, from Bullock in the 1970s to SPaG in the 21st century”

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