ENG 428/528 is a course in learning to read and understand Old English, the earliest written form of the English language, and one of the languages spoken in England between the 5th and 11th centuries. We will concentrate on language basics, creating a firm foundation for reading Old English literature in later courses, and enabling you to communicate simple ideas in Old English (“Ic eom freond! No ic ne eom viking!”). The focus of this term will therefore be grammar and vocabulary, and we will read short, simple texts. This course will also increase your understanding of grammatical concepts helpful for any language, enrich your historical understanding of modern English, and introduce you to the history and culture of Early Medieval England. OEI can be taken alone to fulfill the pre-1500 requirement. One year of Old English (428-429-430) fulfills the undergraduate language requirement.