"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.
Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching
Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching offers theoretical
and practical as well as research perspectives for approaching technologies
that support online communication for language learning. Examining tools
such as forums, chats, audio and visual real-time platforms as well as
virtual worlds and mobile devices, and reviewing the literature that deals
with such tools in use in educational settings, the authors identify key
theoretical issues (e.g. pedagogic developments in online language
learning, learning theories, teacher and student experience, assessment)
and offer a thorough appraisal of the potential benefits and challenges of
learning and teaching a language via these technologies. The authors talk
directly and practically to teachers about research issues of relevance to
them and suggest do-able small-scale projects, as well as providing an
extensive annotated collection of online resources.