"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.
Language Use and Language Learning in CLIL Classrooms
This volume explores a highly topical issue in second and foreign language
education: the spreading practice in mainstream education to teach content
subjects through a foreign language. CLIL has been enthusiastically
embraced as a language enrichment measure in many contexts and finally
research can offer principled insights into its dynamics and potentials.
The editors’ introductory and concluding chapters offer a synthesis of
current CLIL research as well as a critical discussion of unresolved issues
relating both to theoretical concerns and research practice. The individual
contributions by authors from a range of European contexts report on
current empirical research in this dynamic field. The focus of these
chapters ranges from theoretical to empirical, from learning outcomes to
classroom talk, examining both the written and spoken mode across secondary
and tertiary educational contexts. This volume is a valuable resource not
only for researchers and teachers but also for policy makers.