"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 Wor(l)d is a Collage: Multi-Performance by Chinese Heritage Language Speakers (pages 304–317) Agnes Weiyun He
The Acquisition of the Korean Honorific Affix (u)si by Advanced L2 Learners (pages 318–339) Jeansue Mueller and Nan Jiang
Learning English Through Social Interaction: The Case of Big Brother 2006, Finland (pages 340–359) Leila Kääntä, Heidi Jauni, Sirpa LeppäNen, Saija Peuronen and Terhi Paakkinen
Styling in a Language Learned Later in Life (pages 360–382) Ben Rampton
“La Orquesta”: Symbolic Performance in a Multilingual Community of Practice (pages 383–396) Michele Back
The Function of Gesture in Lexically Focused L2 Instructional Conversations (pages 397–416) Tetyana Smotrova and James P. Lantolf
Using the Hand to Choreograph Instruction: On the Functional Role of Gesture in Definition Talk (pages 417–434) Hassan Belhiah
Foreign Language Learning Motivation in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study of Motivational Changes and Their Causes (pages 435–456) Vera Busse and Catherine Walter
Arabic and English During Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt: Issues of Access and Use (pages 457–473) Emma Trentman
Strategy Inventory for Language Learning–ELL Student Form: Testing for Factorial Validity (pages 474–489) Yuliya Ardasheva and Thomas R. Tretter
Teachers' Education in Socratic Dialogue: Some Effects on Teacher–Learner Interaction (pages 490–505) Dubravka Knežić
Explicit Information, Grammatical Sensitivity, and the First-Noun Principle: A Cross-Linguistic Study in Processing Instruction (pages 506–527) Bill Vanpatten, Erin Collopy, Joseph E. Price, Stefanie Borst and Anthony Qualin