"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.
Theoretically motivated, empirical research into task-based language learning
has been prompted by proposals for task-based language teaching. These
proposals aim to design and deliver task-based units of instruction that optimize
the time learners spend in instructional programs, and so speed their exit from
them. This volume contains papers addressing issues in task-based research
into second language learning which are essential to informed pedagogic
decision-making about how best to achieve this aim. These issues include
research into the design characteristics of pedagogic tasks that promote the
accuracy, fluency and complexity of learner language; the role of individual
differences in the motivational and other cognitive variables that demands made
by pedagogic tasks draw on; the extent to which tasks, and teacher
interventions during task performance, promote the quantity and quality of
interaction that facilitate L2 learning; and the generalizability of task-based
research in laboratory contexts to classroom settings.