"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 book that develops an understanding of practices at the very centre of
language education - the classroom. It is written for postgraduate students
in Applied Linguistics and Education, and practitioners, whether in TESOL
or other language teaching. In Part 1 the author explores key concepts in
unpacking the complexity of classroom life. In Part 2 existing research and
practice are examined through a series of research case studies. Part 3
provides a template for research activity and suggestions for projects and
methodologies, and Part 4 collects resources for readers keen to follow up
the themes developed in the book.