"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 book explores the social construction of age in the context of EFL in
Mexico. It is the first book to address the age factor in SLA from a social
perspective. Based on research carried out at a public university in Mexico, it
investigates how adults of different ages experience learning a new language
and how they enact their age identities as language learners. By approaching
the topic from a social constructionist perspective and in light of recent work in
sociolinguistics and cultural studies, it broadens the current second language
acquisition focus on age as a fixed biological or chronological variable to
encompass its social dimensions. What emerges is a more complex and
nuanced understanding of age as it intersects with language learning in a way
that links it fundamentally to other social phenomena, such as gender, ethnicity
and social class.