Language at Work is an initiative designed to help students recognise and develop their innate and learned language and communication skills. Our international student body speaks a wide range of languages and that linguistic diversity is key to their employability. Moreover, students in AEL, and in Humanities more generally, tend to have very highly-developed communication skills, but often fail to recognise this or know how to translate these skills to career development. Language at Work offers a platform to celebrate and enhance those skills.
This workshop will focus on issues related to the practical use of language, in a broad sense, in non-academic settings. Various topics from language and communication will be presented and allow students to further reflect on and discuss the use of their native and learned languages. Karyn Stapleton, from Ulster University will talk about the interpersonal dimension of swearing. Other colleagues from the School will discuss the way we construct discourse to convey meaning and relate to others.