This course is intended primarily for students of journalism to broaden their knowledge about the history of Britain, its chief figures and events that shaped the country and at the same time the whole world; thus it is important to have some general knowledge of the historical context to become a good journalist.
At the same time, the texts are designed to improve students´ language proficiency. By studying the materials, they will build vocabulary and master their reading, speaking and writing skills in English language.
The text may as well serve as some additional material for all who want to improve their knowledge of the English language as well as the facts related to the history of United Kingdom.
The course is divided into 11 separate chapters, ten of them covering different historical periods and the last one dealing with political system of UK. The periods are presented in a chronological order. The chapters contain an explanatory description to the given period and chosen authentic texts from or about the period. After the study and reading, students can check their knowledge as each chapter is followed by activities. In this section, they can find questions to answer, or topics for further discussion, multiple choice questions and various tasks in form of writing essays, interviews, stories, or leads. The activities are proposed in order to encourage students to comment freely on the topic and to improve students´ creativity, writing skills, argumentation and critical thinking.
The Roman period
The Germanic invasions
The Medieval period
Civil War, Restoration and Revolution
Century of progress
Britain in and after World Wars
Political system of UK