"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.
Reporting on the research collaborations of a group of teachers, graduate
students and a university professor, this book weaves together their
collective insights about how classrooms might be better for students of
diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, abilities and socio-economic
circumstances, and better for teachers as well. It also shows how research
collaborations can result in rich and compelling descriptions of classroom
events. Written in a style accessible to teachers and student teachers, it
introduces sociocultural perpectives on identity, classroom and community
practices, helping and transformative possibilities, using teacher
narratives to reflect the complexity of classroom decision-making and