Teachers will benefit from the colourful examples of the various distinctive characteristics of each language group described.
A photocopiable appendix gives a useful list of prefixes and roots used in scientific words, which will be enlightening for students of all abilities. Those working with dyslexic pupils will find this part of the book particularly helpful.
The book concludes by discussing the benefits and drawbacks brought about by our rich legacy of vocabulary.
Chapter 1. The Indo–European family of languages.
Chapter 2. The Celts.
Chapter 3. Roman Britain.
Chapter 4. The arrival of Germanic peoples.
Chapter 5. How the English language came to be written.
Chapter 6. Our heritage from Old English.
Chapter 7. That fateful arrow.
Chapter 8. A double whammy.
Chapter 9. The scientific revolution.
Chapter 10. Exploration, trade, conquest and globalization.
References and bibliography.