"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.
Principles and Practices of Teaching English as an International Language
This book critically examines current ELT practices vis-à-vis the use of English
as an international lingua franca. It bridges the gap between theoretical
discussion and the practical concerns of teaching English as an international
language (EIL), and presents diverse approaches for preparing competent users
of English in international contexts. Part 1 examines how the linguistic and
functional varieties of English today complicate ELT, and suggests ways to
address them effectively in an English language classroom. Part 2 showcases
English courses and programs that are specifically based on the EIL
perspective, illustrating how the issues addressed in Part 1 are realized in a real
context. This section also presents a collection of EIL pedagogical ideas that
have been developed and used successfully by English teachers across the