A book/CD Pack, 'Teach Yourself Old English' is a self-access course for the independent adult learner who wants to learn to read Old English texts in the original. Texts of literary and historical interest are used to introduce the language, which is then explained in simple modern English, as it is not assumed that the student has learned a foreign language before. Exercises - written, audio, and pictorial - are used to reinforce learning. Short 'cultural context' items bring the culture of medieval England to life, and explain the relevance of Old English language and literature to speakers of modern English. Selected extracts in Old English feature on the audio CD. The accompanying double CD (0340 915064) is available separately, as is the book (0340 915048).
Dr Mark Atherton is Tutor in Old and Middle English at Regent's Park College, Oxford. He has taught English as a Foreign Language at universities in Germany and Belgium, and German and French to English speakers.