All at sea? or high and dry? Navigating English vocabulary

Jonathan Marks


English has a large amount of vocabulary derived more or less transparently from the realm of seafaring. Such vocabulary raises much broader issues concerning how language is acquired, produced and comprehended; different depths of lexical knowledge; and the usefulness or otherwise, to teachers and learners, of semantic and syntactic analysis, of etymology, of historical background information.


In English Language Teaching for 45 years, much of that time as tutor and external assessor for the Celta and Delta schemes and running other teachers’ courses.

Author of coursebooks, workbooks, supplementary materials, teachers’ books, online teacher training materials and dictionaries.

Translator from Polish, German and Swedish into English.

Particular interests include pronunciation, teaching methodology and the history of English.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Talk
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: EFL education
Presentation Coding: General (GEN) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? No

Scheduled for

Date: Saturday, 2022-09-17, 13:10 - 13:50
Place: Lecture Hall 4.8