"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 designed to provide insight into the roles of English in and
for Europe. The starting point for this comparative study is recognition of
the increasing importance of communication with peoples from other cultures
and countries. The book contributes to discussions of the possibilities of
transnational media offerings, and facilitates a better understanding of
the influence of media in foreign language acquisition.
Relevant to how schools react to and take advantage of media influences on
Contributes to discussions of the possibilities of transnational media
Facilitates a better understanding of the influence of media in foreign
language acquisition and of its role in promoting cross cultural
understanding across European cultures