History of the English Language: Influences & Development


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Who were the first known people to inhabit the British Isles?

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1. What language family is English classified as?

2. Which is a French loanword we use in present-day English?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of how the English language developed. Some topics you'll be assessed on include the language family from which English derived and examples of English words whose origins are in foreign languages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • First known people to inhabit the British Isles
  • The language family English is classified as
  • A French loanword we use in present-day English
  • A loanword from Spanish we use in English today

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how the English language developed
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the first known people who inhabited the British Isles and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language family to which English belongs
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason we use the Latin alphabet

Additional Learning

To learn more about language, review the accompanying lesson on How the English Language Developed. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the importance of language
  • Define language families and give an example
  • Understand the Roman influence on the English language
  • Identify who the Anglo-Saxons were
  • Understand the Germanic and Christian influences on the English language
  • Know how the Viking and Norman invasions influenced the English language
  • Define loanwords
  • Explain how The Black Death and the Renaissance influenced the development of the English language