"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.
Linguistics at School
Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education
Linguistics is a subject that has remained largely confined to the academy,
rather than being integrated into school curricula. This is unfortunate but
not surprising, as although some teacher education programs include courses
on linguistics, it is not comprehensively integrated into teacher
education, so it is largely absent from the curriculum. This volume brings
together a team of leaders in the field of linguistics and education, to
provide an overview of the current state of research and practice. It
demonstrates changes which can be made to teaching, such as revising
teacher’s preparation, developing and implementing practical applications
of linguistics in both primary and secondary classrooms, partnering
linguists with classroom teachers, and working to improve state and
national education standards. The contributors emphasize the importance of
collaboration between professional linguists and educators in order to meet
a common goal: to raise awareness of the workings of language.