"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.
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The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Special Issue of the Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Theme: English as a Lingua Franca in Institutions of Higher Education in Asia
We interpret lingua franca as applying not only to communication within an institution but also between institutions and in a broader sense to the communication needed by individuals or groups within the institution to form or participate in global academic, professional, and social partnerships.
Sub-topics include but are not restricted to: - the teaching, learning or use of English to facilitate academic communication within or between institutions or with the wider academic community - the use of English for intercultural exchanges - the use of English for administrative purposes within the institution - the use of English to promote inclusivity - the status of English within higher education in Asia - the attitudes of students/teachers/administrators to the use of English - contextual influences on the use of English within or between institutions - the relationship between the use of English and internationalisation
We are equally interested in papers which discuss contexts in which English as a lingua franca is enabled, impeded or possibly both.