"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.
Grammar is central to language pedagogy and teachers need a clear
description of what constitutes grammar and how it can best be taught in
the English language classroom. This book illustrates a new way of
describing the grammar of spoken and written English. In an accessible
style, the author demonstrates how lexical phrases, frames and patterns
provide a link between grammar and vocabulary. He also discusses how the
different aspects of the language require different learning processes and
different teaching techniques. These processes and techniques are
contextualised within a task-based approach to teaching and learning.
Numerous interactive tasks are provided to guide readers and over forty
examples of teaching exercises are included to illustrate techniques which
can be applied in the classroom immediately.