"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.
This text argues controversially that second language acquisition has much
in common with other forms of skill learning; and that there is much to be
learned about the business of language teaching by considering the views
and practices of teachers in other domains. The study of second language
learning and teaching may thus draw on knowledge about first language
acquisition, but not on what is known about the learning of non-linguistic
skills. This book argues against such an approach. It begins by considering
arguments for and against the uniqueness of language. It reviews the recent
SLA literature, looking both at general learning theories and opposing
theories (mostly based on the study of universal grammar). The book then
turns to language teaching, and in a programmatic way considers what
insights may be gained by viewing language within a general skill framework.