Linguistics and Phonetics Research Experience Scheme

Using the M&S Company Archive to create A level teaching materials relating to topics such as language and power, language and gender and language and technology.

This project is part of the much bigger ‘Language in the M&S Company Archive’ project run here at Leeds. We are looking for students who will assist with the important development of teaching materials for A Level teachers in the UK. There are already two fully completed packs of resources, as well as templates to create further sets.

We are now looking for 2 students who would like to work with our MA intern to create further teaching packs, following and enhancing the approach we have already adopted. The work will begin with the crucial identification of relevant sources in the M&S Company Archive and with the linguistic annotation of such things as advertising materials, the staff magazine, and correspondence between M&S and its employees. This annotation will be the basis for ‘worked’ examples that show teachers how to identify and explore key linguistic strategies such as gendered terminology, style and register shifts for different target audiences and the linguistic construction of relationships between the company and its employees.

This will be a fascinating introduction to working in archives and will provide invaluable experience in the analysis of language in everyday situations; this is an excellent starting place for any student interested in working in archives in the future. The project also offers an opportunity for those students who are interested in a career in teaching, to prepare and plan a teaching module.

Places available: 2

Duration of project: 1st March-31st March (4 weeks)

Hours per week: 4 (16 hours total)

Students who have questions about this project should contact Dr Ruth Payne on

If you would like to work on this project, please complete an RES application form via the ‘How to apply’ tab. If your application is successful, the supervisor will be in touch in due course. Closing date for applications: Friday 28th February 2014



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