Vol. 5, Issue 6 (2019)
The role of multimedia in second language Teaching and learning
Author(s): Dr. A Kalaiyarassi
Abstract: Did you know that English is not the original language of England? It was introduced to the Island in the mid- fifth century by three Germanic tribes. Earlier to this, Celtic was the spoken dialect. This language survives even today in the name of Gaelic languages of Scotland, Ireland and in Welsh. When the Germanic tribes entered the British Isles, they pushed the locals into Wales, Cornwall and Scotland. The invaders were: Jutes, Anglo Saxons. The Angels were named for “Engla”, their land of origin, and their language was called “Englisc”, from which the word ENGLISH is derived. They spoke an intelligible dialect, which slowly evolved into English or Old English. At this time, the Vikings from Scandinavia too influenced the language English. The English language is quite flexible and extends hospitality to all languages. This is the reason why foreign languages have greatly influenced the English language. (http://www.hindu.com/yw/2007/02/16 stories/ 200702 1600100800. html).