Narratives is a collection of stories, anecdotes, tales, comic strips, myths, fables and letters, all of which depend on the linking of events and states of mind in a sequence. By looking at modes of writing, rather than at themes or authors, the series draws attention to types of language.
This book offers an overview of the origins of English to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue.
Chapter 1 gets started on describing some of the issues that have contributed to making English a world language. Chapter 12, English as a World Language, goes into more detail and would provide an entry point for learners. It is amusingly written but makes the case for some aspects of the popularity of English, its diffusion through an Empire empire and its dominance through American English. Chapter 16 is of relevance, too, as it sketches out areas of further possible discussion.
The book is a practical guide to the features of natural spoken English, designed for teachers and advanced learners of English for use in groups and for self-study. The material consists of 20 varied extracts of authentic spoken English. Each unit contains an activity for the reader and a line-by-line commentary offering new insights into grammar, vocabulary and discourse patterns in the text.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
2nd Edition, 2003
Cambridge University Press, UK
The book provides an account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication.
Contains material on the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of New Englishes
A secure online resource bank and community forum for Cambridge teachers.
Andrew Moore's teaching resource website
A very useful website for teaching resources and information.
A detailed website for information and resources on English-related subjects. Some of the sections are directly related to particular UK English syllabuses, but most of the material can be applied to any English language course at this level.
Teachers and learners
The Routes of English
General resources for a variety of English topics.