"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.
This volume builds on Fortune and Tedick’s 2008 Pathways to Multilingualism:
Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education and showcases the practice
and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program
design, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and
indigenous programs. Contributors present new research and reflect on
possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education.
Questions explored include: What possibilities for program design exist in
charter programs for both two-way and indigenous models? How do studies on
learner outcomes lead to possibilities for improvements in program
implementation? How do existing policies and practices affect struggling
immersion learners and what possibilities can be imagined to better serve such
learners? In addressing such questions, the volume invites readers to consider
the possibilities of immersion education to enrich the language development and
educational achievement of future generations of learners.