"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.
Literacy - the ability to produce and interpret written text - has long
been viewed as the basis of all school achievement; a measure of success
that defines both an 'educated' person, and an educable one. In this
volume, a team of leading experts raise questions central to the
acquisition of literacy. Why do children with similar classroom
experiences show different levels of educational achievement? And why do
these differences in literacy, and ultimately employability, persist?
By looking critically at the western view of a 'literate' person, the
authors present a new perspective on literary acquisition, viewing it as a
socially constructed skill, whereby children must acquire discourse
strategies that are socially 'approved'. This extensively-revised second
edition contains an updated introduction and bibliography, and each chapter
has been re-written to account for the most recent research. Groundbreaking
and revealing, this volume will continue to have far-reaching implications
for educational theory and practice.