Adventure of English: The Vikings

Theme: History of the English Language, History of the UK

1. Before watching the video study the following information about the two famous historical figures of England:

King Alfred – Alfred the Great (849 – 899) was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England. He is the only English monarch to be accorded the epithet "the Great". Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons".

The Bede (also called the Venerable Bede) was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul's, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, “The Ecclesiastical History of the English People”, gained him the title "The Father of English History".

2. Match the pictures with their names of the historical figures mentioned above.

3. Answer the questions that follow before watching the video.

1) Who were the Vikings?

2) What do you know about them and the countries they invaded?

4. Word study. Match the words and phrases with their definitions and check your answer using the key. Why do you think there are so many "aggressive" words?

  • To savage
  • To rampage
  • Plunder
  • A rider
  • A warrior
  • Guerilla attacks
  • Slaughter
  • To be appalled
  • Virtual oblivion
  • A legacy
  • Something left or handed down by a predecessor
  • Attack ferociosly
  • Move through a place in a violent and uncontrollable manner
  • Property acquired allegally and biolently
  • A person who attacks an enemy on their territory; a marauder
  • A brave or experienced soldier or fighter
  • Irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces
  • The killing of a large number of people or animals in a cruel or violent way
  • To be horrified
  • Complete destruction or extinction

5. Translate into Russian the names of the following objects that were used by the Vikings in battles:

  • battle axes
  • shields
  • spears

6. The video features an important historical artifact – a costly pointer. What do you think it might be? Watch and check your guess.