"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.
"[This book] gives us strategies for bringing life back to school; it
allows us to think creatively about connecting instruction to the lives of
children who have not been well-served…. and it gives us hope for educating
a generation that can change the status quo, that will build the America we
have yet to see…. the one that made that as-yet-unfulfilled promise of
‘liberty and justice for all.’"
-Lisa Delpit, From the Foreword
Toward a Literacy of Promise examines popular assumptions about literacy
and challenges readers to question how it has been used historically both
to empower and to oppress. The authors offer an alternative view of
literacy – a "literacy of promise" – that charts an emancipatory agenda for
literacy instructional practices in schools. Weaving together critical
perspectives on pedagogy, language, literature, and popular texts, each
chapter provides an in-depth discussion that illuminates how a literacy of
promise can be realized in school and classrooms. Although the major focus
is on African American middle and secondary students as a population that
has experienced the consequences of inequality, the chapters demonstrate
general and specific applications to other populations.