Make one copy of the worksheet per learner. Be ready to play the extract from the lecture. You need the 12.30 – 22.40 section of the lecture for this lesson: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/king-james-bible/english-speaking-union-lecture-professor-david-crystal
- Explain that the students are going to watch an extract from a lecture by Professor David Crystal about English idioms which are used now and which appeared in the King James Bible in 1611.
- Distribute the worksheet, and ask the students to match up the phrases. Ask which they think are associated with the King James Bible.
a. Fly in the ointment
b. Am I my brother’s keeper?
c. Claim to fame
d. From beginning to end
e. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
f. Weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth
(a, b, e and f are associated with the King James Bible. c and d are useful phrases which the speaker uses.)
- In order for the students to recognise the Biblical names in the talk, ask them to do Ex 2.
a. Genesis, Matthew, Apocrypha; Esther; the Old Testament
d. Cain and Abel
- Give the students a moment to read the T / F statements, then play the clip.
f. F – he reads it in an accent that was spoken in 1611
By Anthony Cosgrove
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