"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.
Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development
Integrates theory, research, and practice on the learning of second and
foreign languages as informed by sociocultural and activity theory. It
familiarizes students, teachers, and other researchers who do not work
within the theory with its principal claims and constructs in particular
as they relate to second language research. The book also describes and
illustrates the use of activity theory to support practical and
conceptual innovations in second language education.