"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.
Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 22
This book focuses on vocabulary acquisition in the areas of English
language learning either in a foreign or a second language environment.
Starting from the social phenomenon that a large number of Mainland Chinese
students obtain their further education in Western universities, the author
carries out a longitudinal study by using instruments of vocabulary levels
tests, questionnaires and interviews. On the basis of an in-depth
investigation of vocabulary strategy usage by Chinese learners in widely
differing environments, the author develops a model of vocabulary
acquisition. This is the first model to combine both linguistic and
non-linguistic strategies, motivation, and the stages of vocabulary
learning into one comprehensive representation of vocabulary acquisition.
The book not only offers a solid data base but also suggests effective
strategies to enhance English language teaching and learning.
Review of research related to vocabulary learning strategies - Vocabulary
acquisition in historical stages of teaching methodology - English language
teaching and learning in China - Quantitative data analysis in the
learners' vocabulary size and their vocabulary acquisition strategy usage -
Case studies of fastest and slowest progress makers and two comparative
case studies - Framework of key variables influencing Chinese overseas
learners' proficiency in vocabulary acquisition - Development of a lexis
learning model - Testability and prediction models.