For KS5 English A level students and gifted and talented KS4 GCSE students.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE BEFORE 1066
The Study-Day (‘leornungdæg’) is designed for those seeking an introduction to the Old English language: no previous knowledge is assumed. It is suitable as a conference topic for adults, or as an enrichment session for KS5 students or brighter KS4 students. It is supported by lively visuals, optional activities, and opportunities to both hear Old English and practise speaking it. A selection of short authentic texts is included.
The day is divided into four sessions, each of about an hour.
The first session will deal with who the Early English were, and how we know about their language, along with a look at some basic vocabulary and grammar.
The second session focusses on seeing and hearing the language in action through a description of a year in the life of a typical Anglo-Saxon family.
The third session takes a closer look at verbs and case, with more examples of the language in action.
The final session reviews Anglo-Saxon writing systems, and the development of the language to the twelfth century. We will also take a brief look at Anglo-Saxon scholarship and linguistics.
Matt Love is a semi-retired secondary school teacher of modern Languages. He has been actively involved with Anglo-Saxon Living History since 2008, working with ‘The English Companions’, ‘Wulfheodenas’, ‘Centingas’ and others. He has a series of videos on ‘Youtube’ (‘leofwin2010’) on the subject of the Old English language, and has written and illustrated a self-study course ‘Learn Old English with Leofwin’ (available from ‘Anglo-Saxon Books’). The second part of the course is currently in preparation.
PHONE 0800 112 3192 for more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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N.B. The order and content of workshops may vary dependant on suitability of individual school’s facilities, timetables and any health and safety concerns, and will be at the discretion of the workshop leader. Not all workshops are available in some areas.