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Stories of English Week 1



What do we think about the English language today.

What do we think about the English language today.



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Stories of English Week 1 Stories of English Week 1 Presentation Transcript

    • What do you understand by ‘the English Language’?
    • Is English just one language? Explain your answer.
    • In what ways can English be different?
    • Do you always use the English language in the same way? Give some examples.
        • What do you understand by the terms ‘dialect’ and ‘accent’?
        • Is there any difference between accent and dialect and if so what?
        • Do you have or use either of them and why is this? Are there any issues around having or using an accent or dialect? Give examples from your personal experience.
    • Look at this:
    • “ Deke’s you gadji oweryonder wid t’dukal an t’baary mort gaan t’beck.’
    • Any idea what this means or where it might be from?
    • ‘ Look at that man over there with the dog and the pretty girl going down to the river.’
    • Cumbria, NW England 1950s.
    • See Bragg pp15-29 The Adventure of English
    • Activity 2
    • Look at the extracts on your handout and put them in order according to how easily you cn understand them.
    • Would you describe any of them as good or bad English?
    • 1. Before striking a little nail you should hold the shaft of the hammer close to the head and hit it gently.
    • 3. Would you repeat the order waiter? Brown ales for all my friends landlord/ waiter. Could you bring a cloth, the table is awash with beer.
    • What do understand by the term ‘Standard English’?
    • Are there advantages to knowing and being able to use Standard English, and if so what are they?
    • In what circumstances is a knowledge of Standard English important?
    • Read the extract by Quirk. What are his views on standard English? Do you agree or disagree with him?
    • How would you feel if you were taught a language by a teacher like the one mentioned here?
    • Which language is spoken by the most people today?
    • What is the most important language in the world today? Why?
    • What do we mean by ‘English speaker’?
    • Complete this sentence – what words come into your mind first?
    • ‘ She speaks very good English so she must be………..’
    • As English has become such a widely used global language, would it be a good thing if one day it became the only language in the world?
    • What would be the advantages and disadvantages?