"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.
This book is an eye-opening examination of the real world consequences of
the political pressures and influences on teachers today. In particular, it
looks at how the political actions of the conservative right disempower and
control teachers, school districts, parents, and children through an
atmosphere of fear used as a strategy to ensure that schools follow the
conservative political agenda supporting and imposing mandates such as
increased accountability, high stakes testing, and direct intense
direct-instruction phonics programs. The editors and contributors envision
the volume as a voice for an alternative to compliance with unreasonable
mandates-and thus as a message of hope.
"Marketing Fear in America's Public Schools: The Real War on Literacy" is
important reading for teachers; teacher educators; education students;
school administrators and other education professionals; researchers
concerned with literacy, critical theory, pedagogy, and educational policy;
and parents and community activists concerned with the politics of
schooling and school reform. It is will serve well as a text in a range of
courses across the field of education.