"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.
"Teaching and Researching: Reading" offers an updated overview of reading
theory, it summarises key ideas and issues in first and second language
In addition to providing insightful research analyses, practical advice is offered
for practitioners and researchers, including evidence-based teaching ideas and a
multi-step iterative process for conducting meaningful action research on
reading-related topics. The volume outlines 29 projects for teacher adaptation
and use, as well as numerous new or substantially expanded resource materials
that can be used for both action research and classroom instruction.