Introduction to Old English, the language in which Beowulf was written. OEI is the first of a three-course sequence studying the language and culture that flourished in England from the 5th-11th centuries. In this class, you’ll learn the basic grammar and vocabulary of Old English. We’ll read a variety of texts (some in OE, some in translation), and students will write a “Travel Guide to Anglo-Saxon England” (including an Old English phrasebook for tourists!) allowing for exploration of basic cultural information.