"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.
With contributions from leading scholars all around the world, this volume
underlines the ever-pressing need for new language in education policies to
include all learners’ voices in the multilingual classroom and to empower
teachers to develop responsive and transformative pedagogies. Using
testimonies, narratives and examples from different international contexts, this
book points clearly to what can be achieved practically in the multilingual
classroom so that multilingual learners’ voices are legitimated, while also
addressing the complex inter-relating sociolinguistic issues around the
promotion of bilingualism and multilingualism in education.