"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
English Language Teaching in its Social Context offers the reader sociolinguistic, ethnographic, and social-psychological perspectives on TESOL teaching and learning. In addition to this, it introduces the student to the relevant literature on second language acquisition. Together with its companion volumes, English Language Teaching in its Social Context presents English language teaching in a variety of specific institutional, geographic and cultural contexts. The articles included have been carefully chosen to present four major principles of English language teaching: * the roles played by teachers and learners * the individuality of language learners * the provision of active guidance for students' learning * the positive and negative patterns of interaction between learners and teachers. This Reader offers people unfamiliar with research in this field an overall impression of English language teaching issues while allowing the more experienced reader the opportunity to relate his or her own experiences to the theories presented.