Around the English-speaking world in one day


The world speaks English
 
Credits: Picture taken from anthro.palomar.edu

 

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Have you ever wondered why you have to learn English at school? Did you know that the world speaks English? Do you know how many countries in the world have English as an official language? First, you need to know the origins and history of the English language. Visit the links on the left in the correct order to find out many interesting facts and figures about English, and try to answer these questions (you may want to copy the questions into your notebook or print them out to make your work easier):

1. What happened in 1066?
2. Why is the year 1607 important to the history of English?
3. When did the English arrive in Australia and what for?
According to the British Council (questions 4,5 & 6):
4. In how many countries does English have an official or special status?
5. How many native English speakers are there in the world?
6. How many people speak English as a second language?
7. Which five countries in Asia speak English officially?
8. Make a list of the six different types of World English and write a characteristic of each.
9. Write down five new English words.
10. Write down five English words and the country they come from.

After the hard work, have fun watching the four videos and discover how different English sounds in England, Australia, the USA and India. Try to write down the transcript in your notebook, you will get an extra mark!


 


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