Pedagogies of the Colloquial Register in Language Teaching and Learning in HE

  • Date:
  • Time: 14:05 – 15:55
  • Location: Online

The recordings of this event are now available: Part 1 and Part 2


Building on the ‘Embracing Linguistic Diversity’ event in April 2021, the Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching invites you to join us on Wednesday 9th February 14:00 – 16:00 for an online event on the theme of ‘Pedagogies of the Colloquial Register in Language Teaching and Learning’. The event will explore the place of colloquialism and everyday language in academia. Is our language teaching in HE focused only on academic register? (How) can the colloquial register be integrated in the university language class and curriculum?


14:05 – 14:15 Welcome

Emma Cayley – Head of School of Language, Cultures and Societies

Yolanda Cerda – Director of Leeds Language Centre

14:15 – 14:35 From soap operas to real life drama – Bringing everyday language to the writing class

Carmem Mackle – Lecturer – SPLAS – LCS

14:35 – 14:55 A delicate balance: navigating register in informal yet professional contexts

Lucy Ferguson – MA researcher – LCS

14:55 – 15:05 BREAK
15:05 – 15:25 Colloquial language as a component of EAP in-sessional mathematics provision

Deak Kirkham – Lecturer in EAP

15:25 – 15:45 Benefits and challenges of integrating colloquial language in Modern Languages degrees: some reflections from Russian

James Wilson – Lecturer in Russian and Language Studies

15:45 – 15:55 Closing remarks

Rasha Soliman – Director of Leeds Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching

For more details of the event aims and abstracts, please click here.


For enquiries, please email: or contact any of the organising committee members:

Deak Kirkham

Chiara La Sala

Niamh Mullen

James Wilson

Rasha Soliman