"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 Psychology of the Language Learner
Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition
A Volume in The Second Language Acquisition Research Series
Research results over the past decades have consistently demonstrated that
a key reason why many second language learners fail--while some learners do
better with less effort--lies in various learner attributes such as
personality traits, motivation, or language aptitude. In psychology, these
attributes have traditionally been called "individual differences." The
scope of individual learner differences is broad--ranging from creativity
to learner styles and anxiety--yet there is no current, comprehensive, and
unified volume that provides an overview of the considerable amount of
research conducted on various language learner differences, until now.