ENGB1 – Language and Social Contexts

Language and Power

Lang & Power – PowerPoint – Introductory summary of the types of power, with examples of situations where power is exercised for discussion (with thanks to the kind person on the EnglishLanguage List who posted the document on which this is based).

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/lang/power.htm as is so often the case, Andrew Moore put it better than I could. Read his summary of the topic here. If you like paper notes to revise from, this would be a good set to add to your collection.

Power – analysing conversations

Power – Face & Politeness theories

Language and gender

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/lang/gender.htm Read this!

The 4 D’s – summary of key gender theory concepts

Summary of Research into Gender in Conversation

Paper on politeness and gender by Sara Mills

Gender & Conversational Behaviour – Powerpoint summary of ideas drawn from key research (but bear in mind some of these findings are now called in to question or may have been superceded by social changes).

Gender difference theory – PowerPoint presentation on Deborah Tannen’s work on gender difference

Theories of Gender and Spoken English – A detailed summary of some of the most famous theorists’ views. Caution: don’t get bogged down in referring to the names of theorists. It is the ideas, and how YOU apply them in relation to the data on the exam paper that counts.

http://www.kichu.com/elp/gender.html a useful portal to links to other gender and language resources, though some links are broken

Language & technology


Guide to Language & technology – all you need to know from the UniversalTeacher website.

Email features – a rather neat PowerPoint presentation

Past paper Technology question (text messaging) together with Student self-assessment guide for txt messaging question

3 Responses to ENGB1 – Language and Social Contexts

  1. Tonia says:

    this may seem a rather silly question, but are the powerpoint presentations saveable? I’ve put all the rest of the resources i can on my laptop but i don’t have access to the internet as much lately and the powerpoints are really good. i don’t know if i’m not doing it right or if i’ve missed something (which is quite likely)


  2. Tonia says:

    erm…..scratch that – i figured it 🙂

  3. Mr Heald says:

    Glad to hear it. I did wonder what the problem was.

    Incidentally, I’m aware that not everyone has PowerPoint on their machines, but this blogging software won’t let me put the files up as slide-show files that can be viewed on any machine.

    If anyone wants to view the files who doesn’t have PowerPoint I can save them in a word processor document format. Just let me know what you want and I’ll happily email it in a format to suit you.

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