"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 starting point for this collection is a chapter by Dick Allwright on
the language learning and teaching classroom experience entitled 'Six
Promising Directions in Applied Linguistics'. The other distinguished
contributors respond to this discussion with their own interpretations and
from their own experience. The collection problematizes prescription,
efficiency, and technical solutions as orientations to classroom language
learning. Complexity and idiosyncrasy, on the other hand, are recognized as
central concepts in a move towards centralizing teachers' and learners' own
understanding of 'classroom life', in the contexts of language learning,
adult literacy education and language teacher education.