Learning English through History

By David Ronder

Past Simple: Learning English Through History
Past Simple: Learning English Through History

History tends to be a controversial subject. When I first presented the idea of Past Simple to colleagues at the University of Kent, some of them baulked at the very idea of teaching British history to foreign students of English. They imagined cultural imperialism, insensitive flag-waving, a Land-of-Hope-and-Glory account of our past. But in fact that could not be further from the truth. The book is based on the simple idea that British history can be put to great effect as an English-learning tool, offering many stimulating reading, discussion, writing and research opportunities. As this response to education secretary Michael Gove makes clear, we have a strictly educational and not a patriotic agenda:

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