"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 case studies in this book are based on transcripts of classroom
interaction in nine different countries. In each chapter, the first author
explains the specific context and through a theoretical and/or experiential
perspective interprets the transcript data. The data are then
re-interpreted by other authors in the book, illustrating the complexity
and richness of interpretation and creating a dialogue among the book’s
contributors. At the end of each chapter, readers are then invited with
assistance to join in the conversation by providing their own
interpretations of other transcript data from the same context. The book
will be useful for student teachers or practicing professionals, as well as
all educators interested in exploratory classroom research.