Course overview

This course will introduce you to the language spoken by the Anglo-Saxons, the origin of the language which we speak every day. Old English is a fascinating and intriguing language. The course provides you with the opportunity to try out speaking, reading and translating Old English, and helps you to understand the grammar and vocabulary of the language. We will look at prose, poetry and manuscripts, and the runic alphabet. You don’t need any prior knowledge of Old English to join this course.

Course description

From the fifth century to the time of the Norman conquest Old English was the dominant language spoken in England and it is the oldest recorded form of the English language. Its impact resonates today with its influence still evident in our modern English usage. This course is for students who are looking for a gentle introduction to Old English and have no, or very little, knowledge. We will explore the special letters that are no longer in use today, look at the runic alphabet and its influence on the language and by the end of the course you will have the confidence to translate and write simple Old English passages starting you on a journey of exploring this fascinating language. Tutor Roberta Dewa studied Old English to PhD level at university, developing a lifelong interest in all things medieval, having also published three novels with a medieval setting.

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