"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.
Task-Based Language Teaching from the Teachers' Perspective
Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is being encouraged as part of a major
overhaul of the entire school languages curriculum in New Zealand. However,
teachers often struggle with understanding what TBLT is, and how to make
TBLT work in classrooms. Using the stories that emerged from a series of
interviews with teachers (the curriculum implementers) and with advisors (the
curriculum leaders), this book highlights the possibilities for TBLT innovation in
schools. It also identifies the constraints, and proposes how these might be
addressed. The result is a book that, whilst rooted in a particular local context,
provides a valuable sourcebook of teacher stories that have relevance for a
wide range of people working in a diverse range of contexts. This book will be of
genuine interest to all those who wish to understand more about TBLT
innovation, and the opportunities and challenges it brings.