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: