Language Change

The English language is complex and sometimes counterintuitive. Guide young grammarians through a brief overview of the history of the English language with a presentation that includes lecture notes.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals trace the etymology of words like fellow whose meaning has changed over time
  • Connect to a social studies class when discussing the evolution of Western culture
Classroom Considerations
  • The slides are designed to illustrate an lecture on the history of the English language
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The presentation includes information about the major influences and shifts in the development of English
Cons
  • Best suited to college-level classes