"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.
Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research
Reflecting growth in research interest in second language vocabulary over the
past 30 years, this edited volume explores the current themes and possible
future directions in second language vocabulary research. The collection
brings together review papers and quantitative studies, and considers
vocabulary in the contexts of teaching, learning and assessment. Key
themes explored in the volume include multidimensionality of vocabulary
knowledge, the nature of word learnability, the interface between receptive
vocabulary knowledge and productive vocabulary use, the partial-to-precise
continuum of vocabulary knowledge, conditions favouring vocabulary learning
and use, and the use of corpora to develop word lists to inform second
language teaching. The themes presented in this volume reflect current
thinking and research avenues at the interface between research enquiry and
second language teaching practice.
Contents: David Hirsh: Introduction - David Hirsh: Vocabulary Research:
Current Themes, New Directions - Hua Zhong: Multidimensional Vocabulary
Knowledge: Development from Receptive to Productive Use - Chen-Chun Lin:
The Nature of Word Learnability in L2 Contexts - Yu-Tse Lee/David Hirsh:
Quality and Quantity of Exposure in L2 Vocabulary Learning - Chen-Chun
Lin/David Hirsh: Manipulating Instructional Method: The Effect on Productive
Vocabulary Use - Warren Matsuoka: Searching for the Right Words: Creating
Word Lists to Inform EFL Learning.