The student will learn about the historical and literary foundations that produced the English epic, Beowulf, and a simple explanation of the origins of the English language will be given. The historical and literary traditions of the era in which it was written are explained in detail.
Before Russell Simmons' Def Poety Jam, Slamnation captured the cutthroat world of spoken-word poetry. The film follows Saul Williams and three other top poets as they make their way to the National Poetry Slam, the Super Bowl of poetry.
Up to a billion and a half people speak English in some form. It is the international medium of communication for technology, diplomacy, business and popular culture. This program explains how English has risen to such prominence.