"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.
Issues in Second Language Teaching is a textbook written to help both novice and more experienced teachers reflect on topics related to second language learning and language teaching. It provides readers with a better understanding of the interface between second language learning theory and research and language teaching practices.
The main objective of this book is to develop and enhance theoretical and practical understanding of how teachers should approach the way they teach languages in the classroom. Readers are asked to reflect on the implications of second language learning research and theory on language teaching by providing an analysis of how the principles derived from research can be applied in the language classroom when it comes to issues such as teaching grammar, correcting errors, providing ‘good’ input, developing output activities and encouraging interaction between learners. This book does not support a particular methodology for language teaching, focusing instead on specific themes in relation to language teaching.