"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.
Beginning from the conflict between individual learner differences and the
institutionalized, often inflexible character of formal language instruction,
Individual Learner Differences in SLA addresses the fact that despite this
apparent conflict, ultimate success in learning a language is widespread.
Starting with theoretically-based chapters, the book follows the thread of learner
differences through sections devoted to learner autonomy; differentiated
application of learning strategies; diagnostic studies of experienced learners’
management of the learning process; and reports on phonological attainment
and development of language skills. Rather than providing an overview of all
individual variables, the book reveals how some of them shape and affect the
processes of language acquisition and use in particular settings.