Traditionally, the Dictionary of Old English has integrated its research mission with teaching. Graduate research assistants begin their work with six months of focused training in proofreading and copy-editing. During their work, they become familiar with the diversity of the surviving Old English corpus. They also hone their skills inpaleography, Latin, and Old Englishlexicography.
At the undergraduate level, students in each Old English Language and Literature class at the University of Toronto have the opportunity to learn about the Dictionary of Old English, frequently by visiting the DOE, learning about the project from its researchers, and using the DOE research collection for their own work.
With the new possibility of free access to the Dictionary of Old English, many more researchers and students will be able to use the DOE's resources. With our new visitors in mind, we provide a teaching module of assignments that use the Dictionary of Old English as a gateway into the language, literature, history, and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.