News The Power of Courtroom Language 13.10.2023

Collyer’s English and Law students recently took part in a lecture and workshop run by Dr. Lee Oakley from the University of Portsmouth. The focus of the session was on the power of language, illustrated through a court room transcript.

The lecture was highly interactive with students working in groups identifying different styles of questioning such as ‘Tag, Polar, Intermediate, and Commands’. The content was far-reaching, and will help students develop essay-writing skills, construct UCAS applications, and adapt interview techniques.

Collyer’s Head of Law, Janene Weymouth, said: “The brilliant session will definitely support those law students who are looking to progress to careers within the legal profession.”

Collyer’s Vice Principal (Pastoral) Andrea John said: “Massive thanks to Janene, our English Department, and Dr Lee Oakley from the University of Portsmouth for making this valuable learning opportunity possible”.