We’ve created a suite of short activity ideas which can easily be slotted into your own lesson plans and schedules.

The activities are particularly useful as your younger students build their vocabulary, understanding of grammar and linguistic conventions and develop their speaking and listening skills.



These resources will help older students gain an understanding of the diverse world of English dialects. Through a series of engaging activities and discussions, students will explore the evolution of dialects, grapple with changing attitudes towards different varieties, and experience the life of a dialect fieldworker, as they try their hand at using the International Phonetic Alphabet to produce transcriptions of speech.

Our website is packed full of recordings, resources, information and inspirational ways for you to engage with the project and inspire learning.

These resources are part of the Dialect and Heritage Project, a National Lottery Heritage-funded initiative based at the University of Leeds. The University is working in partnership with five museums to present a snapshot of dialect in England today. This vital aspect of our heritage will be shared with communities across England, and with a wider online audience through digitised collections. These digitised collections are available for both you and your students to explore. The focus of the collections is the Survey of English Dialects (SED), created by Harold Orton and Eugen Dieth, conducted by fieldworkers from the University of Leeds during the 1950s.