"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.
Special Issue on Writing Development and Instruction
Table of Contents:
Special Issue: Writing Development and Instruction
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9395-2 Title: Writing: importance, development, and instruction Author(s): Steve Graham/Amy Gillespie/Debra McKeown pages: 1-15
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9379-2 Title: Relationships between writing motivation, writing activity, and writing performance: effects of grade, sex, and ability Author(s): Gary A. Troia/Allen G. Harbaugh/Rebecca K. Shankland/Kimberly A. Wolbers/Ann M. Lawrence pages: 17-44
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9392-5 Title: The relationship between vocabulary and writing quality in three genres Author(s): Natalie G. Olinghouse/Joshua Wilson pages: 45-65
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9381-8 Title: Teaching critical questions about argumentation through the revising process: effects of strategy instruction on college students’ argumentative essays Author(s): Yi Song/Ralph P. Ferretti pages: 67-90
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9384-5 Title: Improving the writing and knowledge of emergent writers: the effects of self-regulated strategy development Author(s): Sharon Zumbrunn/Roger Bruning pages: 91-110
DOI: 10.1007/s11145-012-9386-3 Title: Comparing effects of different writing activities on reading comprehension: A meta-analysis Author(s): Michael Hebert/Amy Simpson/Steve Graham pages: 111-138