"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.
Palgrave Studies in Professional and Organizational Discourse
Professional Encounters in TESOL investigates the developing discourses of
English Language teachers in a variety of international contexts. By
analysing how professional development takes place through participation in
professional discourse, the chapters shed light on what teachers do and why
they do it.
The book is organised in four sections, reflecting the stages in an English
language teacher’s career: ‘Starting Out’ focuses on initial teacher
training, ‘Becoming Experienced’ looks inside their classroom, ‘New
Horizons’ shifts the perspective to the professional development of
experienced teachers, and ‘Passing on Knowledge’ investigates the
discourses of experienced teachers as they contribute to the professional
development of their peers. Each section is followed by reflections on the
chapters written by a teacher from an international context at the
particular stage in their professional development reflected in the section.
The book should have particular appeal to all those working in the area of
teacher development and will also be of interest to practising teachers.