"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.
Novice and experienced educators who have considered moving some or all of
their language courses online will find this text an invaluable starting
point and resource throughout the process. In non-technical prose with
emphasis throughout on excellence in pedagogical practice, the text takes
both the new and experienced language instructor through the nuts and bolts
of online teaching practices and uses multiple examples of online
instructional conversations to illustrate these practices. Teaching in
asynchronous written, asynchronous aural, synchronous written, synchronous
aural and combinations of these environments are discussed and exemplary
practices provided for each. An excellent place to both begin and augment
language teaching online.