"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.
The Discourse of Teaching Practice Feedback
A Corpus-Based Investigation of Spoken and Written Modes
In this book, Farr examines the spoken and written language of
post-observation teaching-practice feedback on teacher education programs.
To do so, she draws upon theories from discourse analysis, conversation
analysis, and pragmatics to frame the analysis of feedback meetings and
written tutor reports, which are then examined using comparative
quantitative and qualitative corpus-based techniques. The overall aim is to
determine the defining characteristics of this genre, focusing especially
on pragmatic factors, with the ultimate goal of investigating the salient
aspects responsible for making feedback both effective and affective.
Farr's research draws upon a spoken corpus of feedback interactions and a
written corpus of tutor reports from language teacher education and is also
strongly informed by data in the form of diary reflections and
questionnaire responses from student teachers and questionnaire responses
from the relevant tutors.