In this category, you will be able to find educational materials focused on the English Language & Literacy.
Education materials are resources which provide content to people who operate in the educational field. Educational materials can have different formats and they are usually classified into textbooks, workbooks, flashcards, apps, games, movie and podcasts. Additionally, with the Internet development, most of these resources are available online, mostly for free.
The origins of English come from a West Germanic language which was spoken during the medieval time. The etymology ‘English’ is related to ‘Angles’, a Germanic tribe which migrated to England.
This language has developed over more than 1,400 years and over the years there have been four different types of English: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and Modern English. During the 5th century, the so-called Old English started spreading. This was a dialect spoken by the Anglo Saxon settlers. The Norman conquest of England during the 11th century has generated Middle English, a language very similar to French. During the 15th century, with the introduction of the print press in London, a new type of English has been generated: the Early Modern English. From the 17th to the mid 20th century, Modern English has become popular worldwide thanks to the influence of the British Empire. Additionally, with the emergence of the US as a global superpower, English became the world leading language. Nowadays, English is the third most spoken native language, after Chinese and Spanish, and is the most learned second language in schools.
Literacy is a term used to indicate the ability to read and write. Nowadays, the modern term Literacy means the ability to utilise language, numbers, images, computers and other means to communicate, understand and learn. From 1950, the literacy level has kept continuing increasing above all in North America, Europe, West Asia and Central Asia. All those regions have reached almost a full literacy level among adults.
Literacy is fundamental for every individual life to succeed at school and in their careers. Additionally, a low level of literacy would undermine the country economic competitiveness.
Nowadays, with the Internet development, people become literate by using digital devices. The Internet has permitted people to have illimited educational possibilities. As well as this, other methods to increase the literacy level are reading books and newspapers, writing and designing for different purposes using different tools, speaking about different topics, discussing unusual words and playing games.
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