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20160608 - English Video Conference Series: 'The Power of Language' - 08 June 2016 - 10:30 - Stream 4

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English Video Conference Series: 'The Power of Language'


Classifications: Enabled, Events Not to be missed, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: LEAP- Links @ Macquarie University


Presenter: Dr. Albert Atkin

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Date: 08 June 2016

Start Time: 10:30

End Time: 11:20am

Duration: 35 minutes + 10 minutes question time

Closing Date: Bookings Close 8-Jun-16

Availability: DEC

DEC Positions: 20

Non-DEC Positions: 0

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

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KLA Keyword/s: English, Language, Critical Thinking


Language is a powerful tool — it can shape the way we think, it can influence the way we behave, and it can change the way we see the world around us. In this lecture we shall look at how and why language has this power, how it can help us to understand ourselves better, and how we can use it to change the world we live in. We shall look at such topics as sound symbolism, euphemism, and core meanings before examining how they influence political debate, advertising, and our perceptions of ourselves.

Before coming to Macquarie University, Albert worked as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Prior to that he studied philosophy in the UK and completed his PhD on sign theory and reference at Sheffield University in 2005. He has written two books and numerous articles focusing on the philosophy of race and racism, language and pragmatism.

Please Note: This session is aimed at stage 5 students. However, we always welcome students from other year levels if appropriate. Feel free to contact leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns.

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Additional Booking Instructions: Please Note: The presentation will start promptly at 10.30am and conclude by 11.20am - There will be 35 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for students to ask questions.

Dial in Instructions:
1. To join the Video Conference you need to dial the VMR number, which will be sent to you on registration. This will allow you to see the presenter on your television screens.

2. To access the PowerPoint presentations on your Interactive White Board you will need to log into Adobe Connect. The URL address will be sent to you on registration.

Further Information: Email enquiries to:
Casey Featon
Email: leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Note: We do NOT film, photograph or record audio of the students so you do not need permissions to publish from your schools. If you have reservations about booking online due to this, please contact us at leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Recordings of this video conference series and others will be made available online. Register your interest at leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you would like to be notified when the recordings are available.

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