"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 volume brings together for the first time a collection of studies devoted to
missionary language learning and retention. Introductory chapters provide
historical perspectives on this population and on language teaching philosophy
and practice in the LDS tradition. The empirical studies which follow are divided
into two sections, the first examining mission language acquisition by English-
speaking missionaries abroad, the second focusing on post-mission language
attrition. These chapters by internationally known scholars offer cutting-edge
research using a number of different target languages in addressing various
issues in second language development. Finally, a comprehensive bibliography
of sources on mission languages is included. The readership of this pioneering
work is expected to extend beyond specialists in study abroad and missionary
language training to a broader audience of applied linguists, educators, and
students interested in language acquisition and attrition. In addition, the book
offers useful insights to adults who want to maintain a second language.