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How Did English Evolve?
War and conquest are not the only factors in language change and development, as the narrator of a short video points out in her lecture about the evolution of the English language. Using the phrases, "They gave us a hearty welcome," and "They gave us a cordial reception," the speaker details how people from different language groups, living peacefully side-by-side, can also effect change. She concludes her comments by noting that even without knowledge of the origins of the words in the two phrases, on the feeling level, listeners perceive a marked difference in the connotations of the two. History does, indeed, live in the words we speak and hear.
An American Teaching British English in Asia Minor
The evolution of a teacher in segueing from an American English to British English in a foreign land.
Teaching Science to English Language Learners
Use these hands on lesson plans to make science more accessible for English Language Learners in your classroom.
A Brief History of the English Language
Modern English isn't just a band, it's a stop along the path to the English language. The presentation begins with a look at the origins of old, middle, and modern English. It covers the invasions or influences that shaped each period of English, and provides literary examples of each English dialect in context.
Teacher Guide for Educators of the Blind: English
Imagine you need to be a substitute teacher in a classroom that helps learners with visual impairments, and you have no idea where to start. Here is a complete, easy to follow, and insightful teaching guide to aid you in teaching English or ELA to your non-sighted students. Tips, techniques, online journal links, and links to teaching materials make this an excellent resource to get you started. Ideas for active engagement are outlined to help you understand your role as an educator of the blind.
The Roots of Medical English
Students determine the origin of everyday words. In this language and literacy lesson plan, the teacher identifies words that students use that have roots in another language, then students work in pairs to determine the original languages of words. Then, students complete an activity finding the origins of English terms.
Who Invented English Anyway?
In these English lesson plans, students use video, the Internet and non-fiction essays to research the history of the English language. They write a short research paper and design a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their findings.
Spanish-English Cognates in the ELL Classroom: Friends or Foes?
Define the meaning of a cognate and use the concept to help Spanish-speaking ELLs connect their first language to English. Middle schoolers explore Latin roots to find cognates in both languages. They relate the Spanish and English word meanings. They also find words that are false cognates (don't share a root but have similar letter patterns).
How can the Visual thesaurus help Spanish-English students differentiate between true and false cognates?
Students recognize what a cognate is and how to use it. In this cognates lesson, students discuss words that sounded like Spanish words but had a different meaning. Students pair true cognates of Spanish and English words. Students share their cognate pairs.
The English Roses
Students explore psychology by reading a children's book in class. In this bullying lesson, students read the story The English Roses and discuss the main characters, story and setting. Students identify the moments when the main character is being bullied and complete a worksheet demonstrating proper student behavior.
International Communication: Why English?
In this international communication of why English activity, learners participate in four activities including why important sites are relevant to the history of communication, matching explanations with sites and conversation starters with a partner.
English Lesson Plans
By designing motivating English lessons, teachers can make learning interesting and memorable for students.
Mistakes that English Native Speakers Make 1
In this mistakes that English native speakers make instructional activity, students identify one mistake in each of the twenty sentences that follow on the page.
English 101 Primer
Students experience their first college level English grammar and usage lesson. In this college level English lesson, students experience the college classroom atmosphere for the first time. They complete a worksheet that shows their command of the English language grammar and usage.
English Worksheets and Activities
English worksheets and activities can enhance instruction if used in the right way.
Technology in the English Classroom
There are many ways to use technology to enhance literature and English lessons.
Ye Olde English Sayings
Discover the historical roots of modern English with your young learners, and then discover the meaning of many old English sayings. What a great chance to explore the history behind many of the words and phrases we use today!
Keeping Your English Up to Date: Hoodie
Language is fluid, especially the English language. See how it is currently changing and will continue to change. Using the example of the term "hoodie," learners work through a week's worth of vocabulary, spelling, and critical thinking exercises. The audio used in the lesson is available through the link listed.
Lesson 1: English-Indian Encounters
What did the English settlers think of the Native Americans inhabiting the Chesapeake region of the United States? Learners analyze a series of documents and images to determine the English perception of the local inhabitants. A great lesson including extension activities, additional related lessons, primary source documents, and images.
English Lesson Plans for Grade 12
HIgh schoolers respond to a persuasive article on using animal research. In this english activity, writers listen to a conversation, and discuss the point of arguments. They write a critique on a certain film and share it with their classmates.