"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.
A Volume in the ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
"CALL Research Perspectives" creates a foundation for the study and
practice of computer-assisted language learning and provides an overview of
ways to conceptualize and to conduct research in CALL. Its core assumptions
are that all approaches to research have a place, and that researchers,
teachers, and students all have a role to play in the study of
computer-enhanced language learning.
This is not a how-to-do-research text. Written by top researchers in the
field, it offers an open-ended view of what educators need to know and be
able to do to answer questions that they have. It is intended to be easy to
read, to provide resources for readers to explore the ideas further, and to
be non-prescriptive in presenting suggestions for CALL research.