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Special Interest Group

Literacy and Language

Members of this SIG have interests in exploring the relationship between language and literacy and work in related fields, such as cultural studies and multi-modality (the central focus is on language rather than on these areas in themselves). Aims of the group:

  • to establish a voice in BERA with regard to policy and practice for research into language and literacy in education
  • to create a forum for exploration of the implications for education of research in the area of language and literacy
  • to use the SIG as an opportunity to learn from work by colleagues in a number of areas including: Multilingualism; TESOL; MFL; Literacy Studies; Classroom Discourse Analysis/ Interactional Studies; Media and Literacy; Policy Studies; Popular Culture and Language

A further important function of the SIG is to establish meetings and strands at BERA Annual meetings, in particular to avoid overlap and clashes of language-related sessions and to convene meetings and seminars during the year.

SIG Convenors

Janet Soler, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

Dr Soler is a senior lecturer, chair of modules in the inclusive practice pathway, Area G Coordinator for the Language and Literacy area in the Educational Doctorate Programme, and convenor for the British Educational Research...

Barbara Skinner

Ulster University

Dr Barbara Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Ulster University. She is a teacher educator and researcher in the field of TESOL and has published research on the educational attainment gap for learners with EAL, the classroom...

Content associated with this SIG

Literacy and Language SIG Annual Meeting

16 Apr 2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the Literacy and Language SIG annual meeting to network with colleagues, learn about the activities of the SIG over the last year and plans for 2021 This meeting will be hosted on Zoom,...

Upcoming event

Dr Barbara Skinner joins BERA Council

Dr Barbara Skinner, Senior Lecturer, teacher educator and researcher in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the School of Education at Ulster University has been appointed...

News28 Oct 2020

Should Phonics be ‘the only game in town’?

#BERA_phonics Online registration for this event has now closed, please email events@bera.ac.uk to register. Recently Phonics has been accepted as the prime approach for the teaching and...

Past event21 Oct 2020

Should Phonics be ‘the only game in town’?

Recently Phonics has been accepted as the prime approach for the teaching and learning of reading and as a key way to measure success in reading pedagogy. This webinar problematise that view by...

Video21 Oct 2020