"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 examines how identity is an issue in different second language
learning contexts. It begins with a detailed presentation of what has
become a popular approach to identity in the social sciences (including
applied linguistics) today, one that is inspired in poststructuralist
thought and is associated with the work of authors such as Anthony Giddens,
Zygmunt Bauman, Chris Weedon, Judith Butler and Stuart Hall.
It then examines how in early SLA research focussing on affective
variables, identity was an issue, lurking in the wings but not coming to
the surface. Moving to the present, the book then examines in detail and
critiques recent research focussing on identity in three distinct second
language learning contexts. These contexts are: (1) adult migration, (2)
foreign language classrooms and (3) study abroad programmes. The book
concludes with suggestions for future research focussing on identity in
second language learning.