English Language

4 Sessions: Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23 And 30

ZOOM Class 10:00 - Noon

Member Fee: 50, Non-Member Fee: $60


We will engage in a fact-and-example-filled survey of the English language from its 5,000-year-old roots, through its historical stages, on to its current dynamic and sometimes frustrating present state. What has English been like--and why so? Where is it going--and why? We will also discuss how infants learn to speak, including those who learn more than one language. The course will be offered in lecture format with plenty of opportunity for questions and comments—even on Zoom!

Peg Downes Ph.D. worked as an administrator and English professor at UNC Asheville for 30 years. She also served extensively as a consultant on interdisciplinary humanities curricula both in the U.S. and in Asia. Peg and her husband, Mike, have four kids and five grandkids, and have lived in Asheville since 1981.