"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.
Telecollaborative Language Learning
A guidebook to moderating intercultural collaboration online
This guidebook brings together the knowledge, insight and experience gained
by the participants of an international telecollaborative language learning
project entitled Moderating Intercultural Collaboration and Language
Learning (MICaLL). Telecollaboration is understood here as a shared
teaching and learning experience between distanced partners that is
facilitated through the use of Internet technology; an area of growing
interest for many teachers. The book first provides a theoretical outline
of suitable pedagogical practices for this type of joint effort and then
moves into the more practical aspects of designing, setting up,
implementing and evaluating telecollaborative projects. The guidebook
considers relevant questions and issues which often come up when teachers
without previous experience in telecollaboration undertake this type of
enterprise. Through the realistic advice and practical examples provided,
the reader will be motivated to engage in telecollaborative language
learning projects with their own pupils.
Melinda Dooly: Constructing knowledge together - Melinda Dooly/Dolors
Masats/Andreas Müller-Hartmann/Beatriz Caballero de Rodas: Building
effective, dynamic online partnerships - Melinda Dooly/Jana Pavlikova/Diana
Eastment/Andreas Müller-Hartmann/Maartje Visser: Finding the right tools -
Melinda Dooly/Dolors Masats/Ton Koenraad: Using portals to open horizons -
Melinda Dooly: Looking back: What did we do right?