The Story of English, Part One: The Beginnings to 1066

Ref: C2339944

How did English start? Where did it come from? What other languages is it related to? All these questions answered and more. No previous knowledge of language study required. Suitable for everyone.

Course aim

This course examines how and when the English language started, and became the language we sometimes call Anglo Saxon. The Anglo Saxon exhibition at the British Library runs concurrently.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Suitable for people who are interested in History, Literature and the study of Language. For all levels, and you do not need to have any prior knowledge to attend.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand that the English language is a mixture of languages, mainly by people who invaded England and settled here.
  • Understand that a language evolves because of internal linguistic reasons as well as external reasons
  • Understand that the language we use today, including dialects, has many associations with the early English language and that the old and the new languages are on a continuum.
  • Appreciate that all language is a state of flux, is constantly changing and is very much a product of its time and culture.
  • As a result of this course students will know more about the nature of language itself

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Story of English, Part One: The Beginnings to 1066


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