Welcome to The English Project

The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).


Punctuation Mark of the Month

July and the Hyphen

The English Project is looking at punctuation as a tribute to the Great Punctuator, Aldus Manutius. However, in the history of printing, there is one greater than he - Johannes Gutenberg. His printing press launched the modern world. His first book, the first printed book, is the greatest printed book.  The Gutenberg Bible is remarkable for many things, but one particular feature is ... Read more

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The English Project teaching resource
Primarily aimed at students of A-level English Language, this thought-provoking material looks at two samples of World War I -related text: a soldier's personal diary from 1914 and a recruitment poster from 1916.Exercises encourage students to think... Read more
In the course of research by The English Project into the colloquialisms used by soldiers during World War I for our new teaching resource, we came upon a fascinating WWI glossary credited to a Paul Hinckley.  His list of ... Read more
100 places
'The extraordinarily prolific David Crystal has deluged the market with authoritative books about language over the last couple of decades – but it’s a testament to the enduring appeal of language as a topic for the lay reader that this hasn’t... Read more
English Project Bill Lucas on BBC Breakfast
Prof Bill Lucas appeared on the BBC's flagship Breakfast programme on English Language Day (Sunday 13th October). Bill chatted with presenters Naga Munchetty and John Kay about the significance of the date of English Language Day, which commemorates... Read more