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Learning language through detective stories


Cartoon panda in detective outfit, title: Chinese Learning

In an interview for I-Science, Dr Ruth Herd explains why detective narratives can be a particular aid for language-learning.

Science Communication student Mengmeng Tu recently interviewed Mandarin Coordinator, Dr Ruth Herd, on the topic of detective fiction and its use as a medium for language learning.

The short article was published this week in I,Science magazine and looks at the features of detective writing which can help build existing language skills.

Read Learning language through detective stories (I,Science)


Ms Cleo Bowen

Ms Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication