"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.
Johnson states "the purpose of this book is twofold…to introduce the reader to Lev Vygotsky's sociocultural theory (SCT) and Mikhail Bakhtin's literary theory…. Second, … to
discuss the existing cognitive bias in SLA theory and research" (p. 1). To this end, the book is divided into two parts: Part 1, which focuses on a review of traditional cognitive approaches to SLA research, and Part 2, which focuses on a more sociocultural perspective, reviewing the theories of Vygotsky and Bakhtin and culminating in Johnson's
proposal for a dialogic approach to SLA research.