Are fish and chips really the favourite food of the English? Who were the Suffragettes? What is the difference between England and Britain? What is Elton John s real name? This book answers these questions, and many more, in a concise and lively overview of England: the country, its language, its people, their way of life and culture and what makes them tick. If you are studying for examinations which require a knowledge of the background of England and its civilisation, or if you are learning the language, in, for example, an evening class and want to know more about the country and how it works, this is the book for you. If your job involves travel and business relations, it will provide valuable and practical information about the ways and customs of the people you are working with.
The book is divided into three sections. Chapters One and Two deal with the forces historical, geographical, geological, demographical and linguistic that have brought about the formation of the country we know as England and the language we know as English. Chapters Three to Seven deal with the wealth of creative aspects of English culture from the beginnings to the present day. These chapters take a look at the main areas or works of literature, art and architecture, music, traditions and festivals, science and technology, fashion, and food and drink, together with the people who have created and are still creating them. Chapters Eight to Eleven deal with aspects of contemporary English society and the practicalities of living in present-day England: the way the political structure of the country is organized, education, the environment, the workplace and how people spend their leisure time. The final chapter looks at the country s political, economic and social relations with the wider world, and takes a glance at the future.
Each chapter ends with a section entitled Taking it Further , where you will find useful addresses, websites, suggested places to visit and things to see and do. Each chapter also contains a list of useful words and phrases which will help you to talk or write about the subject in question. The new edition takes into account any developments in English culture and society which have occurred since first publication.
Anne Fraenkel is Senior Lecturer at King's College London and has been teaching English as a foreign language for over thirty years. Richard Haill is Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Deputy Head of the International Centre for English Language Studies at Oxford Brookes University. Seamus O'Riordan is a Lecturer at Goldsmith's College, University of London.
The making of England; language; literature; art and architecture; music; festivals, customs and traditions; creativity in contemporary England; political structures and institutions; the basics for living; the English at work and play; the people and their environment; England in the wider world.