"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.
Language & Literacy Teaching for Indigenous Education
Language and Literacy Teaching for Indigenous Education: A Bilingual Approach Norbert Francis and Jon Reyhner (Northern Arizona University)
Key features Makes an important contribution to the field of bilingual education Offers a practical guide for realising the untapped potential of bilingualism and bilingual development in schools and communities
Description Language and Literacy Teaching for Indigenous Education: A Bilingual Approach presents a proposal for the inclusion of indigenous languages in the classroom. Based on extensive research and field work by the authors in communities in the United States and Mexico, the book explores ways in which the cultural and linguistic resources of indigenous communities can enrich the language and literacy program.
Contents Part I: A Survey of the Americas: History and Current Situation of Indigenous Languages in Education I. Prospects for Learning and Teaching Indigenous Languages II. State of the Languages III. Language Policy and Language Planning: The Role of School and Indigenous Language Literacy Part II: Curriculum and Materials, Classroom Strategies IV. Promoting Additive Bilingual Development V. The Bilingual Classroom VI. Biliteracy: Teaching Reading and Writing in the Indigenous Language VII. Language Assessment VIII. Conclusion: A Teaching Model for Realizing the Potential of Additive Bilingualism IX. Resources for Schools and Communities
Author information Norbert Francis teaches courses in language learning and language teaching at Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a bilingual immersion teacher in the United States and in bilingual indigenous community schools in Mexico. His primary interests lie in the study of child language development, second language learning, and biliteracy. Jon Reyhner is currently professor of Bilingual/Multicultural Education at Northern Arizona University. Formerly co-ordinator of the Indian Bilingual Teacher Training Program at Montana State University-Billings, he has worked as a teacher and school administrator in Indian community schools in Arizona, Montana and New Mexico. His research interests include improving the academic achievement of American Indian students and indigenous language revitalization.
Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 37 September 2002 Format 210x148mm x + 262pp Hbk ISBN 1-85359-601-9 £59.95 / US$89.95 / CAN$119.95 Pbk ISBN 1-85359-600-0 £24.95 / US$39.95 / CAN$49.95