"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.
An Introduction to Applied Linguistics, Second Edition
"An Introduction to Applied Linguistics, Second Edition" provides a
complete, authoritative an up-to-date overview of the state of the field.
Each of the 15 chapters offers an extended survey of a central element of
Applied Linguistics and is co-authored by two leading international
specialists, thus ensuring a full and balanced treatment of the topic
covered.The book is divided into three sections: a description of language
and language use; essential areas of enquiry; and the four skills and
testing. An Introductory chapter familiarises readers with key issues and
recurrent themes whilst hands-on activites and further reading sections for
each chapter has been fully revised in line with new research and thinking
in Applied Linguistics. With its accessible style, broad coverage and
practical focus, this book is ideal for students of applied linguistics,
TESOL, and second language pedagogy as well as practicing teachers and
researchers wishing to update their knowledge.