"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.
Funds of Knowledge
Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms
The concept of "funds of knowledge" is based on a simple premise: people
are competent and have knowledge, and their life experiences have given
them that knowledge. The claim in this book is that first-hand research
experiences with families allow one to document this competence and
knowledge, and that such engagement provides many possibilities for
positive pedagogical actions.
Drawing from both Vygotskian and neo-sociocultural perspectives in
designing a methodology that views the everyday practices of language and
action as constructing knowledge, the funds of knowledge approach
facilitates a systematic and powerful way to represent communities in
terms of the resources they possess and how to harness them for classroom
This book accomplishes three objectives: It gives reader the basic
methodology and techniques followed in the contributors' funds of knowledge
research; it extends the boundaries of what these researchers have done;
and it explores the applications to classroom practice that can result from
teachers knowing the communities in which they work.