Unit 2 The Road to Modern English Countries speak English as their native language Britain America Canada Australia New Zealand South Africa Guess which words is AE or BE mum mom in a team on a team AE rubber eraser petrol BE gas Please disscus and answer the questions of the pre-reading Answer:About 1500million people Pre-reading speak English as their first, second or foreign language.Because many countries were colonies of England and English is the working language of the United Nations. Reading Read the text “ The Road to Modern English”quickly and find out “How did different kinds of English English come about ” English has changed over time. All languages change when cultures communicate with one another. The road to modern English AD 4501150 The English was spoken in England. It was German based more on ______than the English we speak at present. Because the people who ________ England ruled spoke first Danish and later French, English became _________ like German. less AD 8001150 In the 1600s In 1620 Shakespeare ____________ made use of a wider vocabulary than ever before. Some British settlers moved to ___________. America In the 18th Some British people were taken to _________. Australia century 17651947 English was spoken in India as well as in Africa and Asia. It became the language goverment for _______________ and education in India. By the The English language was settled. Two big 19th changes: century ?Samuel Johnson wrote his __________. dictionary ?Noah Webster wrote ______________________________ The American dictionary of the English language and gave a separate identity to ____________ American English spelling. Now Singapore India English is spoken in _________, ________, South Africa China Malaysia _________, ________ _______and so on. Task 1 Reading and choose correct answers. A 1.English has / had the most speakers _______. A. Now B. when the British ruled many parts of the world C. In the time of Shakespear D. In the 12th century 2.Which of the following statements is true?______ D A. Languages always stay the same. B. Languages change only after wars. C. Languages no longer change. D. Languages change when cultures change. 3. From AD450 to 1150, English sounded more like C . _____ D. Russian 4. Shakespear’s English was spoken around D ______. A. 1400’s B.1150’s C. 450’s D. 5. Which 1600 ’s country has the fastest growing number B of English speakers in the world?_____ A. Australia. B. China.
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