"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.
The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States
The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States draws
from quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to inform
educational policy and practice. It is based on cutting-edge research and
policy analyses from a number of well-known experts on immigrant language
minority education in the USA. The collection includes contributions on
the acquisition of English, language shift, the maintenance of heritage
languages, prospects for long-term educational achievement, how family
background, economic status, and gender and identity influence academic
adjustment and achievement, challenges for appropriate language testing and
placement, and examples of advocacy action research. It concludes with a
thoughtful commentary aimed at broadening our understanding of the need to
provide quality immigrant language minority education within the context of
globalization. This collection will be of value to students and
researchers interested in promoting educational equity and achievement for
immigrant language minority students.