"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 Teaching abstracting journal is designed for professionals who need
an easy reference to current research in second and foreign language
education. It brings together in one journal the latest findings in
international research in language teaching and learning. Each four-part
volume contains around 700 abstracts reporting research in over 150
multilingual periodicals from around the world. Each issue also features a
specially commissioned state-of-the-art review article, ranging across
topics as important and diverse as language assessment, task-based learning
and teaching, intercultural competence, pronunciation teaching, and language
policy. An ever-popular annual research round-up also identifies significant
and emerging research trends in language learning and teaching.