"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.
Beyond the Bilingual Classroom: Literacy Acquisition among Peruvian Amazon Communities
Historical, ethnic, and educational factors found to affect literacy acquisition in mother tongue and Spanish by ten ethnolinguistic groups, with profile and history of each. Methodologies include interviews, document studies, on-site surveys; application of three models of ethnicity and language use.
Barbara K. Trudell served as Africa Area Literacy Coordinator for SIL International. She did fieldwork in Peru from 1982 to 1993 as literacy specialist, consultant, and coordinator, and received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (with an Education minor) from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.