"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.
Why Writing Matters
Issues of access and identity in writing research and pedagogy
This book brings together the work of scholars from around the world - UK,
Pakistan, US, South Africa, Hungary, Korea, Mexico - to illustrate and
celebrate the many ways in which Roz Ivanič has advanced the academic
study of writing. Focusing on writing in different formal contexts of
education, from primary through to further and higher education in a range
of national contexts, the twenty one original contributions in the book
critically engage with theoretical and empirical issues raised in
Ivanič's influential body of work. In their exploration of writers'
struggles with the demands of dominant literacy the authors significantly
extend understandings of writing practices in formal institutions.
Organized around three themes central to Ivanič's work - creativity
and identity; pedagogy; and research methodologies - the twelve chapters
and nine personal and scholarly reflections reveal the powerful ways in
which Ivanič's work has influenced thinking in the field of writing
and continues to open up avenues for future questioning and research.