The world-renowned historian of the English language comes to Falmer on 21 October 2010.
15 Aug 2013
The Faculty of Arts at Brighton is delighted to host Professor David Crystal who is speaking about "The Stories of English" on October 21st 2010 at 2pm in Checkland Building, Falmer campus as a guest lecturer. This major celebrity visit to the Faculty is one of a number of exciting events for the English Language department this term.
Professor Crystal has written many books in the wide subject field of English Language Teaching and Learning, all of which underpin the English language degrees in the Faculty, and we are greatly looking forward to this prestigious event. The lecture will be based upon Professor Crystal’s book, The Stories of English, which follows the development of the English language from its earliest days until modern times.
Professor David Crystal's book has been a firm favourite with undergraduates both past and present (as well as with their lecturers) as it presents comprehensive information in an accessible way and offers thought-provoking ‘interludes’ throughout (such as "Where did the –s ending come from?").
The guest lecture will be chaired by two third-year undergraduates and is scheduled to last for one hour followed by a question and answer session from the audience and then a book signing.
On Friday October 15th 2010 the Universities of Winchester and Brighton will celebrate national English Language Day by taking part in a University Challenge. The topic for this year’s national English language day is "The English of Place and Community" and questions will be based around this theme. Students taking English Language as part of their degree programme will volunteer to participate with five undergraduates from each university taking part in the quiz. The questions themselves are written by seven universities in the southern region, recruited through the Routes into Languages programme (Routes South).
The University of Winchester is hosting the event and their team will first of all meet the team from Brighton to show them around the town. The two groups will then go the Shakespeare Room at Winchester University for lunch and to help out with some sixth-formers who will also be taking part in an English language quiz conducted in various heats during the afternoon. The event will culminate in the two teams from Brighton and Winchester facing each other in the final quiz.
Winners and losers all receive prizes and the day is held in the spirit of good fun and enquiry! Quizmaster Bill Lucas from the University of Winchester will facilitate the event and the day is bound to be good fun as well as the start of future collaboration between the two universities.
Triggered by the University of Brighton’s English language team in the Faculty of Arts, a national working party has been established to re-write the national benchmarks for English language. These benchmarks form the basis of course developments in various subject areas and it is hoped that the re-formulated ones for English Language will underpin future developments in the field. The following universities are working in collaboration to produce these important future guidelines for the teaching of English language at university: Brighton; Sheffield; Winchester; York St John; Kent; UCL; Birmingham; Royal Holloway College; Newcastle; Lancaster (tbc); Edinburgh; UWE. The first meeting of this working group will be held at The English Subject Centre in London on November 3rd 2010.