"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.
Why are girls outperforming boys in literacy skills in the Western
education system today? To date, there have been few attempts to answer
this question. Literacy and Gender sets out to redress this state of
affairs by re-examining the social organization of literacy in primary
In studying schooling as a social process, this book focuses on the links
between literacy, gender and attainment, the role school plays in producing
social difference and the changing pattern of interest in this topic both
within the feminist community and beyond. Gemma Moss argues that the reason
for girls’ relative success in literacy lies in the structure of schooling
and in particular the role the reading curriculum plays in constructing a
hierarchy of learners in class. Using fine-grained ethnographic analysis of
reading in context, this book outlines methods for researching literacy as
a social practice and understanding how different versions of what counts
as literacy can be created in the same site.