What is this website?

Old English Online was originally designed and developed by Victoria Koivisto-Kokko at University College Cork as part of her Master’s thesis in 2018. The project is now funded by the National Forum’s 'Developing Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment' fund and was officially launched in November 2019. You can find a list of updates in the patch notes.

How does it work?

The website is structured so that major grammatical concepts are covered in an individual module, which is subdivided into topics. Topics contain textual information accompanied by graphic organisers and interactive fill-in-the-blank questions which provide explanatory feedback. Questions are either drawn directly from, or inspired by, the corpus of Old English literature, and the environment is specifically designed to require the minimum amount of cognitive processing. In the overview topic of each module you can test your new vocabulary using a flashcard test, and you can download a pdf version of the module content which also contains a glossary of the Old English words used in the module.

How much content is there?

A list of the modules can be found on the Index page. Incomplete modules cannot be selected, however, this project is still in development with new modules being added as soon as they are completed. The project is still a work in progress, so if you feel there is something which could be improved then please do not hesitate to provide feedback using the email in the footer.

Can you see my answers?

Nope! The tool runs exclusively in the browser so anything you do on the website can not be seen by anyone except you. The only data we collect is page hits to see what parts of the site people are using.

Can I do anything to help the resource?

If you notice any errors or bugs, please don't hesitate to email them in to contact@oldenglish.info. Similarly, if there is a missing feature you feel should be included, please feel free to request its addition. If you want it, chances are someone else does too!

Where else can I find stuff?

For those interested in additional Old English learning resources, you can find a comprehensive overview on the website of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland: http://www.toebi.org.uk/resources/. If you would like to read some Old English with a facing-page translation, you can find the Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church freely available on wikisource https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Homilies_of_the_Anglo-Saxon_Church.