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There are rules, and there are rules: What should we teach about how language works?
Michael Rundell

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    Michael Rundell looks at who makes the rules about what makes language 'correct'? Is there one 'Standard English' which we all have to follow, or can we bend and break linguistic rules over time? This presentation gives an alternative (but equally rigourous) view of learning about language. It also looks at how we reconcile a descriptive, evidence-based approach to analysing language (which is fundamental to corpus linguistics) with learners' aspirations to achieve accuracy and fluency in another language.

    Gain a clearer understanding of what is meant by 'rules' in the context of language and language-teaching and learn more about why languages change and how this happens.

    About the speaker

    Michael Rundell has been in the dictionary business since 1980. He is co-author of the Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. He has been working with language corpora for 30 years, and is deeply involved in the new lexicographic revolution - the migration of reference resources from print to digital media.

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    Our extensive range of seminars started in Dec 2009 as a way to bring ELT professionals together and to uncover and discuss the latest developments in ELT.

    Events are held around twice a month in a variety of venues up and down the UK. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations.

    Past seasons have featured stimulating seminars given by Mario Rinvolucri, Michael Swan, Catherine Walter, Ken Wilson, Luke Meddings, Jamie Keddie, Jeremy Harmer & Steve Bingham.

    To view all of our seminars please go to http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars or click here

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    Friday 28 November 2014, 1730 - 2030
    10 Spring Gardens SW1A 2BN

    London and LIVE ONLINE

    How can training change lives? Join the international live-stream from the UK and India, for the global launch of the British Council's Innovations in continuing professional development.

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    Upcoming events

    UK-India publication launch: Innovations in continuing professional development

    Friday 28 November 2014, 1730 - 2030
    10 Spring Gardens SW1A 2BN

    London and LIVE ONLINE

    How can training change lives? Join the international live-stream from the UK and India, for the global launch of the British Council's Innovations in continuing professional development.

    Click here to find the time where you are.

    Register for Test Seminar in London, United Kingdom  on Eventbrite

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