"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.
Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning
This landmark volume provides a broad-based, state-of-the-art overview of
current knowledge and research into second language teaching and learning.
Fifty-seven chapters are organized in 8 thematic sections: social contexts
of second language learning; research methodologies in second-language
learning, acquisition, and teaching; contributions of applied linguistics
to the teaching and learning of second language skills; second language
processes and development; teaching methods and curricula; issues in second
or foreign language testing and assessment; identity, culture, and critical
pedagogy in second language teaching and learning; and important
considerations in language planning and policies.
The "Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning" is
intended for researchers, practitioners, graduate students, and faculty in
teacher education and applied linguistics programs; teachers; teacher
trainers; teacher trainees; curriculum and material developers; and all
other professionals in the field of second language teaching and learning.