"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.
Mentor Development in the Education of Modern Language Teachers
Key Features A collection of personal theories specific to language teaching mentoring developed to improve the quality of education offered to student teachers Written by a higher education tutor, who has personal and professional interest in understanding and improving school-based mentoring for student teachers
Description This book investigates a number of case studies of language mentoring in action with a view to prompting readers to reflect upon their own practice as teacher educators. Recent research on mentoring, teacher effectiveness, language teaching and language teacher education is combined to provide a background to the case studies, helping to illuminate general principles and issues.
CONTENTS: Introduction Part I: The Context 1. A Local and National Context with International Implications; 2. What Makes a Good Language Teacher? 3. Learning to be a Language Teacher; 4. The Intuitive Theoretical Mentor Part II: Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mentoring 5. Keeping Pace with Development Through the Weekly Meetings; 6. Providing Feedback; 7. Towards Departmental Consistency of Good Practice in Observing Student Teachers; 8. Focusing on the Learner; 9. Good Teachers Can Wear Turquoise Socks or When Good Mentoring is Simply not Enough Part III: Mentors in Action 10. Reassuring the Student Teacher that Everyone Experiences Difficulties; 11. Being There; 12. Reflective Practice and Collaboration; 13. Probing Theories in Practice; 14. A Tutor in Action Part IV: Towards a Better Future?
Author information Carol Gray joined the University of Birmingham in 1993 after 12 years of teaching languages in comprehensive, independent and special schools. Her development from classroom practitioner to lecturer in education thus parallels the growth of partnership and of mentoring. Alongside her PGCE work she teaches on Masters level modules in MFL Curriculum Development and in Mentoring.