Thursday 23rd April is English Language Day

What do your students know about the history of the English Language?

English Language Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to entertain and inform people on the history, culture and achievements associated with the language. This annual event is celebrated on the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birthday.

What do you know about the history of our language? Did you know Shakespeare was responsible for over 2000 of the words we use today? Or that 1500 years ago English was spoken by only three tribes? Not bad for a language that now has official or special status in at least 75 countries, with approximately one out of four people able to speak English to some level of competence.


Want to find out more about the English Language? Why not use our guide to the history of the English Language with your class?