British History for English Language Learners

In collaboration with the Museum of London and the City of London Corporation, Anspear has developed an extensive set of history resources. A range of video, listening and reading comprehension exercises introduce learners to the important periods in British history, with a special focus on the City of London.

Topics look at people living in Britain through the ages, including Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans, through Tudor times and the Victorian era. The resources cover important historical events, including the Black Death, the Great Fire of London and the Industrial Revolution, and help learners to understand iconic landmarks such as Stonehenge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Gherkin. The vocabulary and grammar support provided with each exercise helps to make the material accessible, whilst opportunities for revision and review are built into the program to reinforce new language skills.

The resources are suitable for students with an intermediate level of English, but should also be engaging for more advanced learners or students looking to improve their literacy. They can be used to complement a visit to the Museum of London or as a standalone resource for classroom or independent learning.

From November 2011, English language learners in City of London are taking part in a project that combines the mobile history resources with classroom discussion, visits to the Museum of London and work with museum artifacts via the Museum of London’s outreach service.

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