Where does the English language come from? What are the origins of our wonderful words, including those that make up Canadian English, eh? In this course we’ll explore the remarkable rise and spread of English around the world, focusing on its rich vocabulary.
First we will examine the mother tongue of most western languages, Indo-European. Then we’ll investigate the Celtic roots of English. We will also study the impact of the Germanic and French invasions of England to see how English grew from the merger of these two rich sources. Together we will learn how the magnificent English Bible and the works of Shakespeare reveal the beauty and power of English, now established as the most widely spoken language in the world.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2017.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.