Ch 1: History of the English Language

About This Chapter

Review the history of the English language with this short and informative chapter. These lessons can help you summarize the development of the language and recognize examples of Old, Middle and Modern English.

History of the English Language - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter traces the history of the English language from Old English through Modern English. By studying these engaging video and text lessons, you'll review the characteristics of each period of the English language and summarize the developments and influences that led to its evolution. You'll also study specific literary examples that illustrate these periods of the English language.

After completing the lessons in chapter, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the history of the English in terms of its development and influences
  • Recognize examples of the Anglo-Saxon period
  • Identify characteristics and literature of the Middle English period
  • Understand the major developments in the evolution of Modern English

This chapter's bite-sized lessons are taught by expert English instructors who designed each lesson to be concise, informative and memorable. You'll find highlighted definitions and examples that cover only the information you need to know. After reading/watching each lesson, you can take a short self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand these English language characteristics. Complete the chapter in sequence to gain a full perspective of the development of the English language or jump to a particular topic by using your course Dashboard and interactive video timelines. You can also print lesson transcripts to supplement your study.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.