"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.
Speaking, Reading and Writing with Language Learning Disabilities
The book is a collection of papers dealing with classroom teaching to children with language learning disabilities, and it is thus intended to serve as a support for (American) primary school teachers. The book is divided into three main parts, the first one (chapters 1-5) dealing with "perspectives on language, literacy, and diversity". Chapter 2 provides an interesting review of the ongoing research on reading and reading problems, from both neuroscience and educational perspectives. Chapter 3 addresses the Language Basis of Reading, dealing with the processes involved in word recognition and comprehension. Chapter 4 applies concepts such as critical literacy and dynamic literacy to the study of possible intervention on children with dyslexia, language learning disabilities, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Chapter 5 examines the role of language variation in the context of those African-American children with reading disabilities.
The second part of the book (chapters 6-12) addresses more closely the strategies for classroom teaching. The third part of the book focuses on legal and policy issues in special education and postsecondary education.