"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.
The aim of this pioneering volume is to advance our understanding of
written language learning in instructed SLA by offering a collection of
empirical studies in which the contribution of diverse theoretical
perspectives to our understanding of L2 writing development will be
explored. As such, the book represents a further attempt to situate written
language learning at the core of applied linguistics research, in general,
and SLA research, in particular, hence attempting to redress the oral bias
of theoretical and empirical work in these fields. It adds a further
building block onto recent TESOL initiatives aimed at understanding
"development" in second and foreign language learning. Continuity from one
chapter to another is provided by adherence to a consistent chapter model.
The volume will be of great interest to academics in the disciplines of
second/foreign language acquisition (SLA) and second/foreign language (L2)