Demystifying Old English - An Introductory Course | Newberry

Demystifying Old English - An Introductory Course

Led by Susan Pezzino. Ten sessions, 5: 45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Thursdays, September 14 - November 16

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $285

Regular Price (after September 1): $314

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Seminar Description

Is Old English a foreign language? This course aims to demystify the uncanny look and sound of the earliest, pre-Chaucerian stages of the English tongue. We will begin with some background and introductory practice. Then we will enter the world of our texts, trying to discern within their strange mix of Christian and Pagan ambience some likenesses of the most important features of the English language of today. Ten sessions.

Susan Pezzino, a former United States Fulbright Scholar in the field of English Grammar, holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and works as a professional language teacher and curriculum designer in Chicago.

Materials List


  • The course will use as its text handouts provided by the instructor furnished to the students at cost of printing.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.