"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.
Includes contributions by well known experts in the field
Addresses the centrality of the politics of language
Highlights the importance of the social and political contexts of language
policy and language education
Language has too often been studied in isolation from the social and
political conditions in which it is used. The late David Corson, the
General Editor of the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Language and
Education, held the position that an acute understanding of theory was a
necessary prerequisite for action, not an alternative to it, especially if
one were hoping to change policies for the better. The contributions in
this volume acknowledge the centrality of the politics of language,
highlighting the importance of the social and political contexts of
language policy and language education. This is one of ten volumes of the
Encyclopedia of Language and Education. The Encyclopedia bears testimony to
the dynamism and evolution of the language and education field, as it
confronts the ever-burgeoning and irrepressible linguistic diversity and
ongoing pressures and expectations placed on education around the world.