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Teaching the history of the English language backwards


Seiler, Annina (2019). Teaching the history of the English language backwards. In: Moore, Colette; Palmer, Chris C. Teaching the History of the English Language. New York: Modern Language Association * Book Publications Program, 137-146.

Abstract

This chapter discusses the advantages and challenges of teaching HEL in reverse chronology. Starting with the most recent stages of the language and moving towards the past results in a gradual increase of difficulty throughout a HEL course. Furthermore, irregularities of ModE can be exploited more systematically. On the other hand, external history lends itself less readily to reverse sequencing, which is reflected in the fact that teaching materials for HEL in reverse chronology are scarce. The solution proposed is to teach HEL on the basis of original texts, which serve both as evidence of earlier Englishes and as sources of the historical background. The method outlined is modelled on a CLIL approach taken over from foreign language teaching and provides a more holistic approach to HEL.

Abstract

This chapter discusses the advantages and challenges of teaching HEL in reverse chronology. Starting with the most recent stages of the language and moving towards the past results in a gradual increase of difficulty throughout a HEL course. Furthermore, irregularities of ModE can be exploited more systematically. On the other hand, external history lends itself less readily to reverse sequencing, which is reflected in the fact that teaching materials for HEL in reverse chronology are scarce. The solution proposed is to teach HEL on the basis of original texts, which serve both as evidence of earlier Englishes and as sources of the historical background. The method outlined is modelled on a CLIL approach taken over from foreign language teaching and provides a more holistic approach to HEL.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:17 May 2019 11:44
Last Modified:17 May 2019 11:44
Publisher:Modern Language Association * Book Publications Program
Series Name:Options for Teaching
Number:46
ISSN:1079-2562
ISBN:9781603293839
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Options-for-Teaching/Teaching-the-History-of-the-English-Language (Publisher)

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