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Units of Study: IB Language & Performance SL, Year Two


Units of Study: IB Language & Performance SL



First Quarter: Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men; Poetry of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and Nancy Oliver; Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters; Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


Second Quarter: The short story/Movement and Acting exercises















 (still under construction)




Extra credit: Will be explained during Quarter One


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Creation of English:

· - English a mixture of Anglo-Saxon German & French Latin

· British Isles first conquered by Caesar, who doesnt require the natives to learn Latin

· Latin IS the language of the Western world, but is divided into regions: French Latin, Spanish Latin, Italian Latin, etc.

· Three tribes from Germany/southern Scandinavia next settle in Britain: Angles, Saxons & Jutes, bringing with them their language(s)

· In 1066, William the Conqueror overruns Britain, but again ruling authorities do not require natives to learn their tongue (French Latin)

· On average, of the 200 most common words we speak every day, 183 are derived from Anglo-Saxon German

· If the same word (idea) exists in Anglo Saxon German and French Latin, the more intellectual, sophisticated, higher-level word is from French Latin while the regular, work-a-day word is derived from ASG Examples: Ask/Interrogate Sweat/Perspiration Deer/Venison/Mad/Discombobulated

· English is easily the largest language in the world (followed by Chinese), with over 600,000 words, nearly twice the size of Chinese; Russian and French vocabularies much smaller than English

· An American eighth grader uses, on average, 890 words per day

· Shakespeare used, and invented, roughly 21,500 words

· French Latin and Anglo Saxon came together to form English. This was Middle English, the best known writer of the period being Geoffrey Chaucer (Canterbury Tales); many Middle English words have disappeared or changed form

· Tendency in present-day is to accent the first syllable (AY/pril) rather than the second, or middle, syllable that was accented in Middle English (Ay/PRIL)

· English invented after French authorities prohibit French soldiers (under WtC) from teaching their English peasant wives their lofty language, French. Out of necessity, a new language forms from the existing ASG of the local peasantry and French Latin spoken by the victorious French forces