Diversity Of English

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Our society is everchanging and the world in which our children live today is significantly different from previous generations. Our student population is becoming more diverse than ever, and we are seeing many more English as a Second Language (ESL) students and students with diverse cultural backgrounds enter our classroom. Moreover, society is becoming more and more technology driven meaning we communicate and access information via a range of literacy resources including computers, smart phones, instant messaging and social media. Educators play a vital role in a child’s life in empowering them to become successful adults when they enter the ‘real’ world. With this in mind, students need to be able to use emerging technologies to enhance …show more content…
It is most likely that the worlds language originally developed from one initial human language and over time as people migrated around the world, they formed their own language and culture (Gee and Hayes, 2011, p.8). The development of language through social and cultural contexts (Green, 2006, p.2) is evident in the evolution of the English language throughout the times. In the year 400EC the British Isles was ruled by the Roman Empire until it was invaded by the Anglo-Saxons-Fresian-Jute people who formed new kingdoms, consequently the common language spoken was what we now call Old English (TED-Education, 2012). Yet another invasion occurred hundreds of years later, this time by Vikings, and a treaty split the island in two and now Island was occupied by the Saxons (who spoke Old English) and also the Danes who spoke the language of Old Norths (TED-Education, 2012). Over time the Danes and Saxons began to interact, marry and blend their cultures, cultivating the English language. English language evolved significantly approximately 300 years later, when Northern Vikings from France invaded and a northern king was appointed (TED-Education, 2012). During this time British Society separated into two classes: the French speaking aristocrats; and the Old English speaking peasants (TED-Education, 2012). The Northern Vikings bought Roman Clergy with them, which meant Latin words also influenced the English language, such as marriage and government that we recognise in our English language today (TED-Education, 2012). French words gave the connotation of nobility and authority so people learnt how to change the way in which they spoke in order to sound sophisticated (TED-Education, 2012). A clear division of class emerged, wherein people who spoke using French words gave the connotation

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