"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 provides an in-depth analysis of what happens when intermediate
level learners of a foreign language use a bilingual dictionary when
writing. Dictionaries are frequently promoted to people learning a foreign
language. Nevertheless, teachers often talk about their students' inability
to use dictionaries properly, especially when they write, and this can be
problematic. This book paints a comprehensive picture of the differences a
dictionary makes and brings out the implications for language learning,
teaching, and testing practices. It draws on research in which participants
in three studies took writing tests in two test conditions - with and
without a dictionary. They were also asked what they thought about the two
test types. Their performances and opinions were analyzed in a variety of
ways. Conclusions from the data highlight some of the practical issues to
be kept in mind if we want to help foreign language learners to use
bilingual dictionaries effectively when writing.