Journey Into Language

Prof Eric Hawkins, pioneer of language teaching, recalls his eventful life.

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01Journey Into Language - The Journey Begins * *2001052720010602
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Linguistics pioneer Professor Eric Hawkins recalls starting out in 1920s Liverpool.

Linguistics teaching pioneer Professor Eric Hawkins recalls how his path of learning started out in 1920s Liverpool.

Linguistics pioneer Professor Eric Hawkins recalls starting out in 1920s Liverpool.

Professor Eric Hawkins, one of the foremost figures in language teaching, tells of how he set off on his path of learning.

Professor Eric Hawkins tells of how he set off on his path of learning.

Prof Eric Hawkins, pioneer of language teaching, recounts how his `journey into language' began at primary school in 1920s Liverpool, with the help of a sixpenny pocket mirror from Woolworths and the redoubtable Miss Makins.

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Eric Hawkins recalls studying in France and Germany during the 1930s rise of fascism.

Renowned linguist Professor Eric Hawkins recalls studying in France and Germany during the 1930s rise of fascism.

In the summer vacation of 1935, he left his Spanish studies at Cambridge to enrol on a summer course at the University of Santander.

There he met poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

Renowned linguist Professor Eric Hawkins remembers studying in France and Germany during the1930s when fascism was on the rise.

03 LASTTrampling Flat The Frontiers2001061020010616
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Professor Eric Hawkins recalls how being a wartime soldier influenced his future ethos.

Renowned linguist Professor Eric Hawkins recalls how being a wartime soldier influenced his future ethos in the classroom.

Prof Eric Hawkins, pioneer of language teaching, talks about his wartime encounters with a French and a German teacher, both unwilling soldiers.

These experiences led to his conclusion that children should learn to co-operate across national frontiers, with the foreign-language classroom as the place to start.

Language teacher Eric Hawkins remembers trading in his school master's hat for a gun when war breaks out.