"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.
Wiley-Blackwell is proud to announce the publication of the Handbook of
Bringing together an international and interdisciplinary team of
contributors, this Handbook is a wide-ranging and invaluable reference
guide to language teaching.
* A comprehensive reference work on language teaching, which combines the
latest research findings, coverage of core topics, and examples of teaching
experience from a variety of languages and settings
* Provides a unique breadth of coverage, including: the psycholinguistic
underpinnings of language learning; social, political, and educational
contexts; program design; materials writing and course design; teaching and
testing; teacher education; and assessment and evaluation
* Offers a balanced evaluation of the major positions and approaches,
including examining the increasingly important social and political context
of language teaching
* Written by an international and interdisciplinary group of authors from a
dozen different countries; English is only one of the many languages used
as examples throughout the volume