• Episode 2: Language training is essential
    By linglab On February 2, 2021

    Episode 2: Language training is essential

    In this second episode, we discuss the importance of language awareness training in diverse teams and global organisations. My guest is Dr. Joy Dinsdale, who has over 35 years’ experience of working with diverse teams. We talk about how leveraging [...]

  • By linglab On January 23, 2019

    Language discrimination

    Although language is a route for bias against social groups and the vehicle through which the projected characteristics are extensively exercised, people are much less aware of unconscious language bias than other forms of bias. Currently, it is unacceptable not [...]

  • By linglab On January 23, 2019

    Effective Communication

    Communication and language play a crucial role in the success of businesses or personal relationships. As Elizabeth Stokoe highlights in her article (link below), simple changes in word choices can end disagreements or lead to a sale. As simple as it sounds, [...]

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In this third episode, we discuss the gap in current diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives. My guest is Dr. Christian IIbury who teaches and researches language use in contexts like social media and youth groups. We discuss how language functions as the vehicle of discrimination through which other outlawed characteristics of race for example are extensively exercised.  Christian shared findings of the accent bias project which investigated how accents affects candidate negatively at key mobility junctures. 

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Episode 2: Language training is essential

linglab February 2, 2021

In this second episode, we discuss the importance of language awareness training in diverse teams and global organisations. My guest is Dr. Joy Dinsdale, who has over 35 years’ experience of working with diverse teams. We talk about how leveraging cultural differences in diverse teams creates a much more pleasurable, enjoyable and productive workplaces. During our conversation, Joy shared her lived experiences in relation to miscommunication and misunderstanding in diverse teams. 

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