Get ready for a fun romp through the history of the English language, while building understanding of vocabulary, spelling, culture, and history along the way.
How can learning the history of a language help you build your vocabulary? In the case of English, vocabulary is full of history!
Just knowing where a word came from can help you guess at its meaning, and understanding the history of how English was created will teach you that language is more than just a list of vocabulary words to study.
The English language is a living history of the people who have spoken it, from the early Celt residents of the British Isles to the conquering Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings who went to France and then returned as Normans, and all the people around the world that lived in colonies governed by the British Empire.
In Etymology: Building the English Language, we’ll learn the history of the language while also studying helpful Greek and Latin word roots and pondering why English is one of the richest human languages.
Note to parents:
- This course is part of a three-course sequence including Etymology and Vocab Madness sections A and B. The three courses are designed to be taken in any order. Students who excel in the three courses will be well-prepared to take the National Classical Etymology Exam.
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