Adventure of English: Early Invasions - the Germanic Tribes
Theme: History of the English Language, History of the UK
1. Read some information about the video you are going to watch.
“The Adventure of English” is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg, an English broadcaster and author, who also wrote a companion book “The Adventure of English: the Biography of a Language”. The series and the book are cast as an adventure story or the biography of English as if it were a living being, covering the history of the language from its modest beginnings around 500 AD as a minor Germanic dialect to its rise as a truly established global language.
Part 1 of the video “Early Invasions – the Germanic Tribes” dwells on the origin of the English language and its development in the IV-VI centuries during Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain.
2. Word study. Before watching the video match the words and phrases with their definitions and check your answers using the key: