+ “English Isn’t Crazy!” by Diana Hanbury King

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I discovered, as well,  in the AOGPE “Academy News” that Diana Hanbury King’s wonderful book “English Isn’t Crazy! The Elements of Our Language and How to Teach Them” is available now.

King’s book is required reading for AOGPE Associate Level trainees.

I’ve had my copy for several years, and was told at some point that the book was not available. 

But when AOGPE Fellow Diana Hanbury King  spoke at Regis College in Weston Massachusetts, we are told that she autographed copies of her book.   So I went online, and discovered it is available at Pro Ed Publishers (visit  http://www.proed.com ). 

Chapters in this slim paperback  cover:

  • Origins (of our English language)
  • The Celts
  • The Romans
  • The Anglo-Saxons
  • The Danes
  • Old English: The Language
  • The Normans
  • Middle English
  • The Classical Revival
  • Toward Modern English
  • American English
  • The Roots of Our Language

There are 29 pages if appendices:

  • Whence These Words
  • Interesting Etymologies
  • How to Teach Latin Elements
  • How to Teach Greek Elements
  • Working With Germanic Elements
  • An Approach to French Elements
  • Earth, Fire and Water

There is, as well, a bibliography.

Diana Hanbury King says she hopes her book will inspire some of us to pick up a bilingual edition of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” or Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf.”  

If we’d like to read further she suggests taking a look at Bill Bryson’s “eminently readable” “Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way.”

If we can handle something more scholarly, she offers Thomas Pyles and John Algeo’s “The Origin and Development of the English Language” ” (4th ed.)

My copy of King’s “English Isn’t Crazy! ” has been read and re-read — not only by me, but also by several of my students.  Check it out.

Diana Hanbury King  has worked with dyslexic students since 1950, when she became involved with Anna Gillingham’s work.  In 1955 she established the oldest summer program of its kind for dyslexic students. In 1969, she founded the Kildonan School in Pennsylvania (now located in Amenia, New York).

King is also the author of  “Cursive Writing Skills” (2nd ed.), “Keyboarding Skills” (2nd ed.), and “Writing Skills”  (2nd ed), available from Educators Publishing Service at  http://www.eps.com .

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021  or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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