"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 multiliteracies approach to literacy education has become established as an
accessible and effective paradigm for classroom practice in the 21st century.
The Multiliteracies Classroom enlivens this theory with its vivid description of
events in a real classroom. Teachers will identify with the lively transcripts of
classroom interactions, and be inspired to widen students’ access to new
literacy practices in an increasingly digital and globalised world. The possibilities
and constraints that can be encountered when implementing multiliteracies are
explored in detail. Educators know from experience that students begin their
classroom journey with entirely unequal opportunities for literacy success. The
Multiliteracies Classroom does not ignore this reality, highlighting the influence
of society’s patterns of power on literacy learning in the digital age. Its key
themes provide a blueprint for the future of literacy research and practice.