"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.
The Globalisation of English and the English Language Classroom
The English language is the medium of globalisation and it is itself deeply
affected by globalisation. As a result, the teaching and learning dimension
of English as a tool for global communication needs rethinking - especially
in the traditional English language classroom, which is still largely based
on Anglo-American language norms and contents. The articles of this volume
reflect the ongoing international discussion with regard to the use and
acquisition of English in a world-wide context. The contributions cover
four essential domains of this discussion: 1. Political, Cultural and
Sociolinguistic Dimensions, 2. Teaching and Learning English in a Global
Context: "Old" and "New" Standards, 3. Learners in Primary, Secondary and
Higher Education: Focus on Europe and 4. Teacher Education. The volume goes
beyond the language teaching context and approaches the globalisation of
English from several perspectives.