The Story of English - Part Two - 1066-1500

Ref: C2341374

What happened to the English Language when England was conquered by the Normans in 1066? Find out how we adopted thousands of French words as a result of the Conquest, changing the Anglo Saxon language for ever. The Conquest also saw English go underground, as French and Latin were now the languages of learning and prestige. How then did English, despite this, rise up again to become the language of Shakespeare, and eventually the most dominant world language ever, post 1500?

Course aim

This course will look at how the English Language changed and developed in this period, mainly as a result of the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This open to everyone who has an interest in this subject. No previous knowledge is required.

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

  • 1. Understand the impact of the Norman Invasion and other historical events on the language in England, and how this made English more recognizably "modern"
  • Appreciate the various ways in which language changes and how and why English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation changed in this period
  • Develop an deeper understanding of the nature of language itself by studying Middle English (the name given to English in this period).
  • See links between Middle English and English now, including dialects.
  • Be able to access and/or translate some texts from this period with the help of a glossary etc

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

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?

  • 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
  • You can access the Oxford English Dictionary online at your local library if you are a member of the library. You may find this resource useful. The British Library website is also useful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Story of English - Part Two - 1066-1500

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