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Internationally renowned author visits local school

David Crystal

Published at 2:51pm 20th February 2018.

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David Crystal, an internationally renowned author and academic on linguistics, recently visited students at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate to share his leading knowledge with A-Level English Language Students. 

The A-Level English Language curriculum covers a huge number of topics, from things you'd expect like grammar and vocabulary, to how children acquire language and what the future of the English language might be, especially in the age of the internet. 

Have you ever noticed how curt a text message ending with a full stop feels? For the younger generation, this is intuitive, it's an emotional context to language that they've learned without realising, but David wanted to encourage students of language to consider why they've learned to speak the way they do.

The talk was more than just interesting, it supplements the A-Level Curriculum. An in-depth understanding of topics like childhood language acquisition and evolution of language is essential for achieving top grades. The students clearly took this to heart, as David praised their attentiveness and the quality of the questions they asked after his talk.

You can hear more from David, students and staff at Queen Ethelburgas in their conversation with Stray FM's Tom Harland:

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