Teach Yourself German Cover

Adams, J., Wells, S.W., Jenkins, E.S. (1938)
Teach Yourself German

Reset and Revised edition 1971
Teach Yourself Books, English Universities Press Ltd.

This is a book written by a past pupil of the school, Edward Stanley Jenkins. German was not taught as an examination subject at the school until the 1970s. The book was unlikely to have been used for main teaching classes, but it was used in the 1960s when the headmaster, Mr Warren, made a brave attempt to teach some German to the sixth form science classes. Similar classes for science sixth formers also took place in the late 1940s.

The book was written in 1938 by the Sir John Adams, and was twice revised, firstly by Sydney W. Wells, and secondly by E.S. Jenkins.

Edward Stanley Jenkins was born in 1908, and attended the Town Council School in Foundry Town. His family lived in Herbert Street and his father was a stationmaster at one of the town’s railway stations. E.S. Jenkins was at The County School from 1919 until 1926. He went to U.C Cardiff after gaining his School and Higher Certificates.

He became Senior Modern Language Master at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School for Boys. He was also Chief Examiner in French for the Welsh Joint Education Committee, and a former pupil of Mr. J.T. Bowen, a master at ABGS from 1918 to 1958. Indeed Mr Bowen acknowledged Edward Jenkins’ help when he wrote his Teach Yourself Welsh book in 1960.

E.S. Jenkins died in 1990 at Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Some pages from the book:

Title Page

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