Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Listen Up

You don't have to revise with reading and writing alone; there are loads of podcasts and downloads that cover topics and discussions relevant to AS and A level English Language. I've been collating a few of these for my students, so here are some to listen to.

This Radio 4 programme about Cockney changing and dying out is really good for language change & variation.

Lexicon Valley is a regular linguistics podcast. Have a look here for a list of recent episodes.

Lingthusiasm is a new linguistics podcast and you can find out more here.

Michael Rosen's Word of Mouth on Radio 4 has loads of good programmes about language and a few are listed here:

American English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08g5533
Language pedantry and discourses: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qgch7
Child language & interaction: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05077ks
Office jargon & occupational English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phrwl
Baby Talk and language development: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mfwjz

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