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Studying English language in the age of “Post-truth”

With all of the misinformation that seems to be circulating online nowadays, it is said that we are living in a “post-truth” world, a world where facts don’t matter, and where people make important political and personal decisions based on … Continue reading

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How I shaped my dissertation around my interest in counter-terrorism

Emma Campbell, a final year English Language and Applied Linguistics student, tells us about her dissertation topic and hopes for the future. “When I applied to do English Language at the University of Reading during my last year of sixth … Continue reading

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Halloween: The Meaning Behind the Word

Halloween.  A night filled with scary costumes, decorations and chocolates. The rich history of this annual ritual is often forgotten. The word itself is so rarely considered, yet certainly ought to be as its origin is thought provoking. I admit, … Continue reading

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My Welcome Week Experience

Becky reflects on her enjoyable Welcome Week and gives you an idea of what to expect in yours. Welcome Week at the University of Reading was one of the busiest weeks of my university career, packed with meeting new people, attending … Continue reading

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Where to go for help and advice at University

Final year student Chloe takes us though the many places to go for guidance at Reading and assures us that ‘everyone is in the same boat’.  Beginning university is a big milestone. A change in studies and often a change in … Continue reading

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How to use a reading list: Advice for applicants

One of the first things that we will send you before your course starts is a reading list, so we thought this might be a good chance to say something about what a reading list is for. The reading list … Continue reading

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A Warm Welcome from the Professional Track Team!

The Professional Track is a unique professional development scheme that is open to all students who do degrees in English Language, English Literature or Modern Languages. Since the scheme’s launch in September 2015, already we have had well over 150 students … Continue reading

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BAAL Testing, Evaluation & Assessment (TEA) SIG Conference at University of Reading

On 11th March 2016, the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading hosted the annual British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) Testing, Evaluation & Assessment (TEA) SIG conference. This was an exciting event in which … Continue reading

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Celebrating 50 Year of Linguistics at the University of Reading

The University of Reading has been teaching linguistics for 50 years this year. To celebrate the English Language and Applied Linguistic and Clinical Language Science Departments put on a day of events for Year 12 students interested in pursuing the … Continue reading

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David Crystal: Linguistic, what next? Lecture review

Fifty years after David Crystal helped set up a Linguistics degree at the University of Reading, he returned to give a public lecture about the changes he’s seen to linguistics over this period. The Great Hall at the London Road … Continue reading

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