"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.
Truly global coverage of language and education
Necessary reference for every university and college library
Essential research on knowledge about language
The text of each review is followed by a reference list containing about 30
key references mentioned in the text
The 29 chapters in this volume offer insight in the various
interdisciplinary approaches to the study of knowledge about language or
language awareness. They reflect the breadth of the area and chart its
possible development in topics such as: *Language awareness in the mother
tongue and second and foreign languages *Studies aimed at improving the
teaching of languages in educational settings *Studies of Psycholinguistic
processes, explicit and implicit knowledge *Bilingualism and
multilingualism, in particular metalinguistic awareness *Critical language
awareness, social practices of language and the role of power and ideology
This is one of ten volumes of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education
published by Springer. 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.