"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.
The Ecology and Semiotics of Language Learning
A Sociocultural Perspective
Educational Linguistics 3
The ecological perspective on language and language education has in recent
years become a major focus of interest in the fields of second language
teaching and learning, and linguistics and education in general. This is
the first book-length attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of an
ecology of language learning, including both theoretical discussions on
language, semiotics, emergence, and self, and the practical consequences of
an ecological view for classroom work.
This book is of interest to all language educators, second and foreign
language teachers and researchers, and other education professionals.