Professor David Crystal – Questions about Language

IATEFL Patron David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster.

He read English at University College London, specialized in English language studies, then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he became professor of linguistics.

He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995. His books include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language and The Stories of English. Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide and The Story of English in 100 Words were published in 2011, and Spell it out: the singular story of English spelling in 2012.

For more details about Professor David Crystal, check here.


On Saturday 25 May 2013 at 3 pm British Summer Time (you can check your local time here), he will be answering questions from teachers all over the world at the IATEFL Webinar.

If you have a question, please send it to before 18 May.

To join the webinar on the day, click here.

If you didn’t have the chance to attend the 47th IATEFL Annual Conference in Liverpool and participate watch David Crystal’s plenary session: The world in which we live in: Beatles, blends and blogs, you can watch the recording now. (forward to 12:00 for start of plenary)

You can also watch the recording of the session in which he answers questions or addresses issues raised during his plenary talk.


IATEFL 45th Annual Conference in Brighton


Mercedes Viola - David Crystal

Mercedes Viola – David Crystal

Marjorie Rosenberg - David Crystal

Marjorie Rosenberg – David Crystal


3 thoughts on “Professor David Crystal – Questions about Language

  1. Looking forward to the IATEFL webinar with everyone’s favorite – David Crystal 🙂

    Great that you got the photo with him… it looks like a crowded room!

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