Interactive timeline of the English Language

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Interactive timeline of the English Language

Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:30 pm

This is gorgeous. Enjoy!

British Library: Interactive timeline of the English Language

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/timeline/index.html

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Re: Interactive timeline of the English Language

Post by john walker » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:42 pm

You're right, Susan! It's terrific! I only wish I'd had this as a resource when I was teaching 'The English Language: past present and future' course for the OU. Students would have loved it. The project is a veritable cornucopia of different items. And so much to download and look at in more detail! I do like the advert for a 'rhynoceros'. What a delight!
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Re: Interactive timeline of the English Language

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:40 am

Absolutely fantastic, Susan, thanks so much for flagging this up.

In every talk and training event, I promote that teachers arouse children's interest in the history of the English language - spoken and written.

Then, I suggest this leads them to the notion of symbols, signs and codes.

Thus, some background information about the history of the English language combined with some information about the English alphabetic code sets the scene for a fascination in the language - spoken and written - and the knowledge that English is a complex written code because of its history - and they will be taught the code, and helped with it for reading and particularly spelling - for many years to come!

The ethos is not that the children get the words read or spellings 'wrong' but that they may need help with the tricky/interesting/unusual words for some time to come - and that even adults can struggle to recall some spellings exactly.

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Re: Interactive timeline of the English Language

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:43 am

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Street-Throug ... 1409376443

I promote this book, or similar, for teachers to show children to give them a sense of English chronology when discussing the history of the language.

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