"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.
Ethics and Education in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
This ethnography of language and education considers the ethics of pedagogy for linguistically and culturally diverse students. It does so by drawing on the existentialist ethics of the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. Following the Levinasian connection between ethics and language, the study explores the ethical challenges and possibilities confronting teachers of junior school students (ages 6-10) who speak languages in addition to or other than the dominant language which, in this study’s Canadian context, is English.
In particular, the study looks at images of self and other as they manifest themselves in pedagogical practices, and it elaborates relations of responsibility between teachers and students. The data include in-depth interviews with and extended observations of teachers in their publicly-funded, mainstream Anglophone school in Mississauga, Canada. The findings suggest that teachers with flexible linguistic identities are more amenable to pedagogical practices supportive of linguistic diversity during the regular school day while teachers with less equivocal linguistic identities are more sympathetic to a monolingual mandate.
CHAPTER ONE. PROBLEMATIC: ETHICAL PRACTICE IN LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE CLASSROOMS
CHAPTER TWO. PEDAGOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY AS ETHICAL ENGENDERMENT: EMMANUEL LEVINAS
CHAPTER THREE. AN EMPIRICAL INUIRY INTO IMAGES OF SELF AND OTHER IN LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE CLASSROOMS
CHAPTER FOUR. TEACHING LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS: IMAGES OF SELF AND OTHER IN LANGUAGE
CHAPTER FIVE. TEACHING LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS: IMAGES OF SELF AND OTHER IN PEDAGOGY