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English Language Day

23 April, 2021

English Language Day is celebrated on the birthday (in 1564) and death day (in 1616) of William Shakespeare, and on Saint George’s Day, the National Day of England.
Helbling Readers Blog gives some great activity ideas for this day, as well as such great examples from English literature as:

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust (J. M. Barrie: Peter Pan)

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. (Charles Dickens: Great Expectations)

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. (F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby)

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. (Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights)

She felt… how life, from being made up of little separate incidents which one lived one by one, became curled and whole like a wave which bore one up with it and threw one down with it, there, with a dash on the beach. (Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse)

A student at the school at the Protection of Civilians site of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba learns his ABCs PHOTO:UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

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