"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.
Language Testing in Asia (LTA) (a Springer journal) was founded in 2011 as a high quality peer-reviewed online academic journal. The purpose of LTA is to acknowledge and showcase scholarly findings in Asia in the field of Language testing.
We welcome essay submissions from anywhere in Asia that fit within this aim. Note that we use the broad definition of Asia which includes any countries east of the Suez canal and south of the Caspian and Black seas, to Japan in the east and Indonesia in the south.
Areas of particular interest include research articles on any aspects of proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC and high stakes national university entrance tests. Classroom, school and university evaluation methods are also most welcome as are reviews or research on software and internet applications for testing language skills.
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