The English Language: Jenny Morris

"Whether you are a native speaker of English or not, you have a mastery of a language whose fascination and foibles can be bewildering, baffling, enchanting and eternally thought provoking. Puns and poetry, advertising copy and instruction manuals in 'translationese' can all prompt reflection on the patterns (or grammar) of English, its quirks, its history, and its expressiveness.  In our 3 days together we shall consider such controversial issues as language variations in English (including dialects, accents, and style) changes in the language, grammar and its role, punctuation and the teaching of English. Participants will be invited to discuss these topics and short talks and lectures will also feature. Bill Bryson's book 'Mother Tongue' is recommended for this course, but it is not essential for participants to have a copy. "

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "