"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.
Extroversion/Introversion in Foreign Language Learning
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 67
This book explores how learners' personalities influence foreign language
learning in Japan. In particular, this volume investigates three main
research questions: What are the learning strategies generally employed by
Japanese college students? What are the characteristic learning strategies
of extroverts and introverts? Do extroversion and introversion have an
impact on English listening proficiency? In the analysis carried out in the
volume, both quantitative and qualitative research methods have been used.
As regards the former, various types of questionnaires have been employed,
measuring strategy use, personality characteristics, and English
proficiency. As regards the latter, the strategies students use both in the
classroom and in a tutorial learning situation have been observed,
integrated with interviews with the students themselves regarding their use
of learning strategies. In the last part of the book, the pedagogical
implications of this study are examined with suggestions for both teachers
Individual differences among language learners - Extroversion/Introversion
- English as a foreign language (EFL) - Learner strategies - English
listening proficiency - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).