•   Pre-16 Learners

Subject Spotlight: Linguistics – Interpreting Meaning in Language

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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Subject Spotlight: Linguistics

‘Interpreting Meaning in Language’

This workshop gives learners an introduction to some of the questions which you might address in a linguistics degree- meaning, how we work out what stuff means, the structure of language and language change over time. The workshop focuses on the English word “of” and asks learners to consider meaning and what contributes to meaning, as well as introducing learners to new concepts like the fact that languages change over time.

Booking a Subject Spotlight

The University of Manchester’s Subject Spotlight workshops are a range of higher education subject taster workshops presented by University of Manchester PhD students.  These pre-recorded digital workshops provide learners with an in-depth insight into a subject which can be studied at university. When you book a Subject Spotlight workshop you will receive everything you need to deliver this workshop in your own classroom using minimal classroom resources. To support you in delivering this workshop, you will be sent a lesson plan and a pre-recorded video presentation with clear points of where to pause the video to allow learners to complete group tasks. When delivered in full these workshops will fill approximately one lesson (~45-60 mins).



  • Pre-recorded video presented by a University of Manchester PhD student
  • Lesson plan
  • Learner evaluation forms


Optional Live Q&A session

As a follow-up activity, you have the option to request an additional live question and answer session lasting ~30mins to allow your students to ask University of Manchester students questions about studying in this subject area and student life. For Q&A sessions it is preferable if your school’s digital platform allows learners to ask questions (e.g. via audio or chat function), if not questions would need to be submitted in advance.

Event Age Groups IconY9, Y10, Y11

On Request

pre-recorded workshop - available April onwards, Q&A - on request

pre-recorded workshop

Gatsby benchmark 7

RPF learner outcomes LO1 LO2 LO5

Booking info

On the Booking Enquiry form, please select the date and time that you plan to undertake this workshop with your learners. We need this information to make arrangements for you to receive the digital workshop resources in time for your planned session. Please state in the 'Further Information' section whether you would like to book a live Q&A session, state your preferred date and time, and add any additional information that you think may help to organise the session.