"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.
"Theories in Second Language Acquisition" surveys the major theoretical
approaches currently used in second language acquisition (SLA) research,
providing a systematic and coherent presentation in a single source. Each
chapter follows a consistent chapter model constructed around the same set
of questions, including "What is the Theory?" "What are the major
constructs?" "What counts as evidence?" "What are the common
misunderstandings about the theory?" The answers to these questions are
written at a basic level by a leading expert in the respective theoretical
model. As a result, the volume as a whole presents complex ideas in an
Intended to serve as an introductory textbook for advanced undergraduate
and beginning graduate students, "Theories in Second Language Acquisition"
is an exceptionally thorough resource that effectively expounds the
theoretical foundations of the field.