English Language taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying English Language at university.

'Language' highlighted in a book by a pink highlighter

English Language and Linguistics: How do children acquire language (and how do we study it)?

This session will focus on how children so easily acquire one (or more!) languages with ease, despite the input they receive being limited. We will use examples from children's language development at around age 2 to examine the types of questions acquisitionists ask, what tools we use to investigate language development, and what studying language acquisition can tell us about adult language. You'll also have the chance to hear about what studying linguistics at university is like, our degree programme here at Sheffield, and the types of careers linguists go on to have.

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

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Please note, this is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Time  Activity
3.45pm Log-in & get comfortable
3.55pm Welcome & introduction to the department - Dr Ranjan Sen
4.05pm Taster Lecture - How do children acquire language (and how do we study it)?, Dr Robyn Orfitelli
4.50pm Q&A on the taster lecture
5.00pm Q&A on studying English at Sheffield with Dr Ranjan Sen and undergraduate students from the School of English

Contact us

For informal enquiries please email tasterdays@sheffield.ac.uk


Advance Register for Clearing

We have places on our undergraduate courses this autumn. If you've already got your results you can apply now, or if you're still waiting for results get your name on the list by advance registering.