"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.
Analysing English in a Global Context offers you a global perspective on the changing uses and forms of English and helps you to develop the skills needed to analyse these forms. Together with its companion volumes, it presents English language teaching in a variety of specific institutional, geographic, and cultural contexts. Analysing English in a Global Context addresses the key contemporary issues in English language teaching and applied linguistics. The articles - a range of classic and specially commissioned pieces - have been carefully chosen and edited and together they provide an overview of the rapid growth and spread of English in its many varieties worldwide. A general introduction outlines the approach, organisation, and different perspectives of the collection. Up-to-date and fully international, the Reader foregrounds some of the most challenging questions for future developments in English language teaching worldwide. Topics include : the internationalisation of English; the status of the non-native English teacher; the recognition of language variation; the debate on standard versus non-standard varieties.