"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.
Educational Linguistics in Practice
Applying the Local Globally and the Global Locally
This volume provides a state-of-the-art snapshot of language and education
research and demonstrates ways in which local and global processes are
intertwined with language learning, use, and policies. Reflecting but also
expanding on Nancy Hornberger’s ground-breaking contributions to
educational linguistics, this book brings together leading international
scholars. Chapters present new research and cutting-edge syntheses
addressing current theoretical and methodological issues in researching
equity, access, and multilingual education. Organized around three central
themes --- bilingual education and bilingualism, the continua of
biliteracy, and policy and planning for linguistic diversity in education
--- the volume reflects the holistic and dynamic perspective on language
(in) education that is the hallmark of educational linguistics as a field.