Eleven Upper and Lower Sixth English Language students travelled to University College London for the ninth annual Emagazine English Language conference this week, which is aimed at boosting the understanding of A-level pupils as they study, and prepare for their exams. Professor Ian Cushing from UCL’s own Institute of Education kicked off proceedings with an erudite and informative talk on Critical Linguistics and Language Ideologies, quickly followed by Rob Drummond from Manchester University who gave the audience an intriguing forty-five minutes on the research that has been carried out on ‘Youth Language’. The Guardian’s David Shariatmadari entertained with a lively look at ‘The Myth of Untranslatable Words’; fellow journalist, Times lead writer, and reformed pedant Oliver Kamm wryly delivered some thoughts about ‘Grammar Anxiety’, and the gregarious Lynne Murphy from The University of Sussex rounded the day off by talking about attitudes to American English.

A superb, if tiring day – roll on ‘Emag 2020’!