"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.
Literacy is a comprehensive textbook which provides students and
researchers with support for advanced study of the topic. It introduces
readers to a broad range of approaches to understanding literacy in
educational contexts and in society.
*Integrates psychological, educational and anthropological approaches to
literacy and its consequences for individuals and society
*Gathers together influential reading from key names in this
inter-disciplinary field, including: Catherine Snow, David Olson, and Mike Cole
*Presents teachers, students and researchers with many diverse
opportunities to explore for themselves a broad range of perspectives and
methods of study
Written by experienced teachers and researchers in the field, Literacy is
an essential textbook for students and researchers of Applied Linguistics.