"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.
In recent years, great strides have been made in our understanding of what
makes foreign language teaching most effective. "Language Teaching Research
and Language Pedagogy" provides a critical overview of the most up-to-date
research centered on the second language classroom, and examines the
implications of this research for both the teaching and learning of foreign
languages. The book offers illuminating insights into the important
relationship between research and teaching, and the inherent complexities
of the teaching and learning of foreign languages in classroom settings. It
traces the development of language teaching research and examines current
methodology used to investigate the L2 classroom, considering comparative
method studies and various aspects of L2 classroom interaction, with a
focus on contributions from both teachers and learners. Additional topics
covered include current research on tasks, the relationship between
interaction and L2 learning, form-focused instruction, and the mediating
role played by individual learner factors such as language aptitude and
motivation. A concluding chapter considers myriad ways that classroom
research can inform language pedagogy.