English Proverbs and Sayings

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Министерство образования Республики Беларусь Отдел образования Новополоцкого горисполкома

Пословицы и поговорки при обучении английскому языку

Учащаяся 9 «Г» класса
Яцкевич Ю.О.

Научный руководитель:
Казакевич А.А.
учитель второй категории

Новополоцк, 2010

CONTENTS

Introduction ……………………………………………………………..…...….3 1. The problem of the definition of proverbs and sayings ……..……….….……4 2. The origin of English proverbs and sayings …………………………………. 5 3. The thematic classification of English proverbs and sayings… ……………....6 4. The usage of English proverbs and sayings in teaching English 4.1 pronunciation ..……………………………………………………….……7 4.2 grammar …………………………………………………………......8 4. 3 vocabulary …………………………………………………………....….. 9 4.4 speaking skills ………………………………………………………...….11 Conclusion … ………………………………………………………...……..….13 References……………………………………………… ………………..….…..14 Appendix ……………………………………………………………………...…15

INTRODUCTION

This research is devoted to such an interesting phenomenon of our life as proverbs and sayings, and English proverbs and sayings in particular. Proverbs and sayings are records of the development of civilization throughout its history. We strongly believe that to know people's culture and values, one should study their proverbs. People express their beliefs, customs, habits, knowledge, morals and any other capabilities in their proverbs.

Nowadays pupils don’t read much and they don’t show much interest in learning either Russian or English proverbs or sayings.
We began to write this work because we know that some children don’t think that English proverbs and sayings are worth learning. We want to prove that English proverbs and sayings can be very useful for learning the language. We read books on linguistics and also searched the Internet in order to find some useful information there. The object of our research is the phenomenon of the English proverbs and sayings.

The subject of the research is the linguistic value of English proverbs and sayings while learning the language.
The goal of the research is to make up a summary of English proverbs and saying which will be useful for teachers and pupils while teaching or learning different aspects of the language.
The objectives are:
* to study the problem of the definition of proverbs and sayings * to study the origin of English proverbs and sayings
* to group English proverbs and sayings according to their meaning (thematically) * to analyze the possibility of the usage of English proverbs and sayings in teaching * to make lists of the most useful ones

* to find Russian equivalents to English proverbs and sayings

Our hypothesis is that English proverbs and sayings can be widely used in teaching different aspects of the language. In this work we used different research methods, such as scientific cognition methods (analysis and synthesis), empirical methods (comparison).

We think that the information acquired during the research is useful for learning and understanding the essence of proverbs and sayings and their role in communication; it develops language competence and encourages people to study the cultural aspect of the English language.

1. The problem of the definition of proverbs and sayings

According to Oxford Advances Learner’s Dictionary a proverb is a well-known phrase or sentence that gives advice or says something that is generally true, for example ‘Waste not, want not’. A saying is a well-known phrase or statement that expresses something about life that most people believe is wise and true: ‘Accidents will happen’, as the saying goes.

A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, "a pithy expression of wisdom or truth. There are a number of specific types of saying, and one of them is a proverb - an expression of practical truth or wisdom.

A proverb, (from the Latin proverbium), is a simple and concrete...
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