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Mr Tim Shortis

Mr Tim Shortis

Mr Tim Shortis

Research Associate

21 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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Research summary

Julie Blake and I are working in collaboration with Dr Nils Langer on the development of a research and public engagement project related to linguistic diversity in Bristol.  This builds upon an extensive questionnaire survey of Bristolian and youth sociolect conducted by 16-19 year old students at one of the city’s colleges in the 1990s.  We have recently had a sample of 365 of these questionnaires formulated in electronically searchable form and have reanalysed the data to identify what can be learned about: existing linguistic descriptions of Bristolian;  community-engagement as a method and outcome of sociolinguistic research ...

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While waiting to start his first degree in English Language and Literature, Tim extended his understanding of German language, culture and society by working as a furniture smasher for the British Army in Osnabrück.  He made up for this later by training as a carpenter before becoming an English teacher in a variety of Bristol comprehensive schools, then Head of Department at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington and Chief Examiner for AQA B English Language A Level.  Tim currently works with Julie Blake as The Full English, the artisan bakery of excellence and innovation in resources ...

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Recent publications

  • Robertson, S, Shortis, T, Todman, N, John, P & Dale, I, 2004, ‘ICT in the Classroom: the Pedagogical Challenge of Respatialisation and Reregulation’. in: M Olssen (eds) Culture and Learning: Access and Opportunity in the Classroom. Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, pp. 163 - 182
  • Sutherland, R, Godwin, S, Olivero, F, Brawn, J, Velle, LBl, McFarlane, A, Shortis, T, Taylor, A, Triggs, P, Matthewman, S, John, P, Todman, N, Gall, M, Breeze, N & Tidmarsh, C, 2003, ‘Tools for learning’. in: Improving Learning, Fostering the Will to Learn: European Association for Research and Instruction (EARLI) Conference, Padova, Italy.

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