"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.
Social justice language teacher education is a response to the
acknowledgement that there are social/societal inequities that shape access to
learning and educational achievement. In social justice language teacher
education, social justice is the driving force and primary organizational device
for the teacher education agenda. What does “social justice” mean in diverse
global locations? What role does English play in promoting or denying equity?
How can teachers come to see themselves as advocates for equal educational
access and opportunity? This volume begins by articulating a view of social
justice teacher education, followed by language teacher educators from 7
countries offering theorized accounts of their situated practices. Authors
discuss powerful components of practice, and the challenges and tensions of
doing this work within situated societal and institutional power structures.