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7th March 2020 by

Teaching the 19th-century novel: The CLiC session at #rEDBrum

We thoroughly enjoyed the researchED Birmingham (#rEDBrum) event today. It was amazing to see teachers’ passion for CPD and research – on a Saturday! Many thanks to Claire and Andy for putting together such a fantastic event with a brilliant programme! It can be really hard to choose sessions at researchED because you inevitably miss out on all the great stuff happening in parallel. We really enjoyed sessions on a range of important topics – for example, initial teacher education in the keynote by Amanda Spielman (@amanda_spielman), decision making (& thinking!) strategies for school leaders by Claire Stoneman (@stoneman_claire), Andy Brown’s (@brown_andrew86)⁩ session on CPD and the importannce of sharing subject knowledge, Marcello Giovanelli (@mmgiovanelli) demonstrating applications of cognitive stylistics for teaching poetry and Chris Curtis’s (@Xris32) argument for bringing talk & dialogue into the classroom to create flow…

Our most packed workshop yet – luckily researchED delegates are a fantastic, engaged audience

Our own session focused on teaching the 19th-century novel and was based on findings from our CLiC Fiction research project (that started out as “CLiC Dickens”). We introduced delegates to our CLiC web app – and as the session proved much more popular than we anticipated, we didn’t have quite enough desktop computers (not to mention chairs), but luckily CLiC also runs on mobiles – and researchED attendees are happy to sit on the floor for the sake of learning something new!

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Today’s audience

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Viola Wiegand

Author: Viola Wiegand

I am a research fellow on the AHRC-funded CLiC Dickens project. My research interests focus on the use of corpus linguistic tools to identify meaning in texts.

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