CASSETTE 1. AN INTRODUCTION AND SURVEY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ITS NATIVE SPEAKERS 90 minutes

Examples of practical English in action as the international language of business, technology, air-traffic control etc. and the history and development of the language from Old English to Middle English to Modern English with examples of its 1,200 year evolution drawn from its greatest literature through the ages: BEOWULF, CHAUCER, THE BIBLE, SHAKESPEARE, MILTON, JANE AUSTEN, SHERIDAN, DICKENS,MARK TWAIN, OSCAR WILDE, LORD BYRON, T.S. ELIOT, JEROME K. JEROME and many others.

CASSETTE 2 SCOTLAND 60 minutes

Highlights in the history of Scotland are presented in dramatic form with scenes and passages which include Shakespeare's Macbeth (narrated by the famous Scottish actor GORDON JACKSON), the Death Speech of MARY STUART, QUEEN OF SCOTS, the story of BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE and selections from the writings of JAMES BOSWEL, DR SAMUEL JOHNSON, ROBERT BURNS, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON and QUEEN VICTORIA. An analysis of the Scottish national characteristics from frugality to magnanimity (Andrew Carnegie) to the amazing array of discoveries and inventions by Scotsmen, plus informal interviews from the streets of Edinburgh on such topical subjects as The Loch Ness Monster and Devolution for Scotland. Scottish singers sing 12 of Scotland's best loved songs.

CASSETTE 3 ENGLISH SPEAKING ASIA 60 minutes

English speaking Indians, Pakistanis and Chinese discuss the importance of English in Asia today for business, education, government and national unity. The cassette tells the story of the British adventurer/traders who took the language east in search of spices and the rise and decline of the British Empire. Professional actors read from the writings of R.K. NARAYAN, SIR RABINDRANATH TAGORE, ZULFIKAR GHOSE, JOSEPH CONRAD, SOMERSET MAUGHAM, RUDYARD KIPLING and SIR RICHARD BURTON. It contains intervidews with RIZWAN HAQ, son of the once Chief Justice of Pakistan, and with CANON T.R. MILFORD, founder of OXFAM, who talks about his 30 years as a teacher in India, with personal recollections of GANDHI and the struggle for independence, the caste system etc.

CASSETTE 4 THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 60 minutes

400 years of American history told through folk songs, speeches and famous documents and the writings of America's finest men and women of letters: NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, MARK TWAIN ,WASHINGTON IRVING, THOMAS JEFFERSON, SINCLAIR LEWIS, LONGFELLOW, LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MARY McCARTHY and others. The cassette contains the voices of PAUL ROBESON, JOHN F. KENNEDY, and SENATOR YARBOROUGH of Texas, and an unscripted interview with BRENDA FOGUEL, Managing Director of an Engineering Company, who discusses the role of women in industry. American students debate gun control legislation, crime and political assassination in the U.S.A. today.

CASSETTE 5 ENGLAND 60 minutes

The distinguished English actors ALAN BATES and PETER BARKWORTH and others perform scenes and read passages from the works of EMILY BRONTE, THOMAS HARDY, A.A. MILNE, WORDSWORTH, ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, LEWIS CARROLL, EDWARD LEAR, SHAKESPEARE etc. including the famous abdication speech of King Edward VIII (The Woman I Love). In addition, there is a selection of amusing eccentric letters to The Times newspaper, and six traditional English songs.

CASSETTE 6 THE ANTIPODES: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND 60 minutes

The dramatic story of the disovery of the Antipodes is illustrated with passages from the actual log written by CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. The story of its development from penal colony to agricultural and industrial giant of Oceania is told through Australian folk songs, ballads and writings by colonial settlers. The well-known Australian actor KEITH MICHELL reads from the works of Australian writers which include BANJO PATTERSON, C.J. DENNIS, and HENRY LAWSON plus an extract by the distinguished New Zealand writer KATHERINE MANSFIELD. Interviews with young natives of Australia and New Zealand give a picture of life there today and a comparison between these two fast growing English-speaking countries.

CASSETTE 7 IRELAND: EIRE AND ULSTER 60 minutes

The historical background to The Irish Problem is examined, with opinions and comments on the current state of affairs in Ireland from a selection of Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, from both the North and the South. Scenes and passages from the works of the greatest Irish writers: JAMES JOYCE, J.M. SYNGE, JONATHAN SWIFT, WI LLIAM BUTLER YEATS, SEAN O'CASEY and LOUIS MACNEICE are read by outstanding Irish actors such as SINEAD and SORCHA CUSACK and the late TONY DOYLE. Personal recollections of James Joyce and Yeats are given by the late Irish film producer BRIAN DESMOND HURST. The cassette also contains the voice of DR GARRETT FITZGERALD, former Prime Minister of Eire, discussing the Republic's view of the I.R.A. in addition to six lovely Irish folk songs and the ancient folk tale Far Darrig in Donegal.

CASSETTE 8 WALES 60 minutes

AERONWY THOMAS, daughter of the great Welsh writer DYLAN THOMAS reads from her father's prose and poetry and talks informally about her family. The Welsh actor RAY SMITH and others read from the works of VERNON WATKINS, WILFRID OWEN and DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, and perform dramatic scenes from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas and The Corn in Green by EMLYN WILLIAMS. The writer KINGSLEY AMIS, author of Lucky Jim, gives an unscripted interview recalling his 12 years as a lecturer in Wales. The cassette also contains folk stories and legends from Welsh history, and the voice of GEORGE THOMAS ( LORD TONYPANDY), the former Speaker and the House of Commons, plus seven traditional Welsh songs.

CASSETTE 9 CANADA 60 minutes

Two of Canada's best known television personalities, BERNARD BRADEN and BARBARA KELLY conduct the listener on a tour of their country, highlighting its history; its search for an identity and some of its literature, with readings from the great humourist STEPHEN LEACOCK, the distinguished contemporary writer MARGARET ATWOOD, the poets EARLE BIRNEY and ROBERT W. SERVICE and the Canadian novelist MORDECAI RICHLER. CHIEF LEONARD ANDREWS, and another North American Indian accuse the Canadian Government of mistreating the "Native Americans" in an unscripted interview. This charge is answered by GEORGE COWLEY, a spokesman for the Canadian Government, who also gives a report on Quebec and French Canadian Separatism. Canadian singers perform eight of their country's typical songs.

CASSETTE 10 ENGLISH SPEAKING AFRICA 60 minutes

Africans, black and white, report on the importance of the English language on the African continent today, debate the effects of tribalism on national unity, and give candid views of the problem of the Republic of South Africa and its former racial policies, from a variety of viewpoints, represented by a black freedom fighter from Soweto, a Johannesburg housewife, and a Government spokesman from Pretoria. DOREEN MANTLE, the distinguished South African actress, and LOUIS MAHONEY, a black actor from The Gambia, read from the works of CHINUA ACHEBE, DORIS LESSING, OLIVE SHREINER, CREDO MUTWA, DR DAVID LIVINGSTONE and KAREN BLIXEN. Four African folk songs are sung by the Kenyan singer WANJIRU GECAU, accompanied by African instruments.

CASSETTE 11 AMERICA v. BRITAIN 60 minutes

JEREMY IRONS records the opinions of OSCAR WILDE and CHARLES DICKENS on their visit to the United States. Critical views of Britain and America are expressed from the works of D.H. LAWRENCE, HENRY JAMES, DAVID HOCKNEY, GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, JOHN ADAMS, KING GEORGE III, VIRGINIA WOOLF, RALPH WALDO EMERSON etc. U.S. British relations are discussed by SIR HERBERT MARCHANT, a former British ambassador, and the American writer for television and the theatre, DICK VOSBURGH compares American and British humour. The cassette also contrasts the differences between the English language spoken in the U.S.A. and in Britain, and features the national songs of both countries. (Published by Thos. Nelson in Japan as America and Britain in Contrast)

CASSETTE 12 THE ENGLISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN 60 minutes

The West Indian dramatist MUSTAPHA MATURA and the singers HYACINTH NICHOLS from Trinidad and CY GRANT from Guyana tell the story of the islands' mixed ethnic and cultural background, from Columbus, through colonialism, to modern independence, and sing nine colourful Caribbean songs. West Indian actors read from the works of V.S. NAIPAUL and MICHAEL ANTHONY, and perform a scene from Mustapha Matura's play RUM AN' COCA COLA, which was a success in London and New York as well as his native Trinidad. The cassette also includes an unscripted interview with a Rastafarian from Barbados, a member of the black cult religion of Bob Marley and Reggae, who explains and gives insight into why this Back to Africa movement is having such an impact on black youth all over the world.

Written and produced by Tom Boyd for Englang - English Language Enterprises

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