"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.
How can theories of language development be understood and applied in your
By presenting a range of linguistic perspectives from formal to functional
to cognitive, this book highlights the relevance of second language
acquisition research to the language classroom. Following a brief
historical survey of the ways in which language has been viewed, Whong
clearly discusses the basic tenets of Chomskyan linguistics, before
exploring ten generalisations about second language development in terms of
their implications for language teaching. Emphasising the formal generative
approach, the book explores well-known language teaching methods, looking
at the extent to which linguistic theory is relevant to the different
approaches. This is the first textbook to provide an explicit discussion of
language teaching from the point of view of formal linguistics.
* Deconstructs a lesson plan to show the translation of theory to classroom
* Provides 'For Discussion' sections at the end of every chapter
* Includes a Glossary of key terms and concepts in the field