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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.      
The evolution of a teacher in segueing from an American English to British English in a foreign land.
Use these hands on lesson plans to make science more accessible for English Language Learners in your classroom.
Learners 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 learners work in pairs to determine the original languages of words. Then, students complete an activity finding the origins of English terms.
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.
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).
Students recognize what a cognate is and how to use it. For 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars identify the moments when the main character is being bullied and complete a worksheet demonstrating proper student behavior.
In this international communication of why English instructional activity, students 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.
By designing motivating English lessons, teachers can make learning interesting and memorable for students.
In this mistakes that English native speakers make worksheet, students identify one mistake in each of the twenty sentences that follow on the page.
English worksheets and activities can enhance instruction if used in the right way.
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.
There are many ways to use technology to enhance literature and English lessons.
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.
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.
In this online interactive geography quiz activity, students respond to 17 identification questions regarding English-speaking countries. Students have 4 minutes to complete the quiz.
Ninth graders examine a form of English called Cockney. In this English lesson plan, 9th graders read an article and answer reading comprehension questions. Students participate in an online quiz.
Students participate in an English name change activity. In this English name lesson, students discuss English names and change their name to the root version from the English language. Students then pick their own names, complete a totem animal activity for animal names, and create a name based on a characteristic.
In this online interactive English skills worksheet, students respond to 20 multiple choice questions that require them to select the appropriate words to complete the sentences. Answers are scored immediately.