"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.
ELT education, as a commodity, takes many forms in countries all over the
world. This book questions how the benefits of international English
language education projects are distributed. The critical issues of
language rights and linguistic diversity are pivotal in the book's
examination of domination and subordination in international language
education projects. The author's description of the role and teaching of
English is based on her experience of working in ELT aid and development
and fee-based projects, and through it she unmasks the interests and
intentions of aid and fee-based language education projects. The two case
studies that form the basis of this book recount a version of ELT marketing
and project implementation that will resonate with experiences of aid
recipients and university-led private sector fee-payers in many different