I always thought that Eugene Weber who had a TV History series was
a good source for the beginniner. He has written books too. He writes
world-wide history but your students can refer to just the English
>I'm introducing this topic because the History Matters thread.
>In common with many other universities, we (University of Central
>England - UCE Birmingham) have a certain reliance on International
>Students. Apart from the obvious teaching of the subject they're
>studying, we teach then English and take them on trips round the place.
>We also need to set these in context.
>But has anyone any sources of teaching them some basic English History?
>I've often been asked questions which I've answered but have to set them
>into context, so a simple answer takes a couple of hours.
>What I'm looking for is intelligent websites - so that we can offer them
>up a both a means of adding background and teaching English. Do any such
>exist? I haven't done any searching yet as my question is inspired by
>History Matters, and the speciality of this list would exceed the
>ability of any search engine to find the answers. I've tried BBC
>bitesize, but this is about passing specific exams and not a broad brush
>overview that's needed in my case.
>Our students want to read and learn - its just directing them to the
>Thanks for any information in advance.