"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.
Exploring Japanese University English Teachers’ Professional Identity
This book contributes to the growing field of EFL teacher identity, which is now
recognized to influence numerous aspects of classroom teaching and of student
learning. It focuses on an under-researched, and yet highly influential group of
teachers that shape English language education in Japan: Japanese university
English teachers. In three interrelated narrative studies, it examines how four
relatively new teachers develop professional identity as they become members
of the community of practice of university English teachers; how gender
impacts the professional identity of seven female professors ranging in age from
their early 30s to their 60s; and how one teacher’s teaching practices and
beliefs reflect her personal and professional identity.