"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.
Teacher Collaboration and Talk in Multilingual Classrooms
This volume looks at the interactions of collaborating teachers in
multilingual classrooms and how these impact on what counts as knowledge in
the secondary school classroom. It also looks at how policy statements and
ideologies around multilingualism position teachers and learners in
particular ways. A linguistic ethnographic approach is taken in the study,
which considers the discourses of whole class and small group teaching and
learning. Chapters consider the relation between different languages,
different pedagogues and different teacher identities in the secondary
school classroom. The book documents how a policy of inclusion is played
out in practice.
"This highly topical book offers a critical analysis of collaboration
between English as an additional language (EAL) teachers and subject
teachers in schools. Angela Creese raises important questions about how
issues of power and positioning affect the implementation of educational
policy for bilingual children, and about how diversity is viewed in English
schools. This excellent book will be of immense value to teachers,
researchers and policy-makers." Dr Adrian Blackledge, Senior Lecturer,
School of Education, University of Birmingham.