"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.
An indispensable guide on how to prepare activities for use in the language classroom. Using the experience of teachers and task designers, it gives detailed information on the procedures which designers follow and will therefore be essential reading for all those who want to learn to write good language teaching materials.
CONTENTS Acknowledgements Why Study Task Design Some Studies in Expertise Studying Task Designers at Work A Look at Two Designers Designing Language Teaching Tasks: Beginnings Designing Language Teaching Tasks: Middles and Ends The Good Task Designer: Some Hypotheses Evaluating and Teaching Task Design Appendices References Index
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KEITH JOHNSON is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at Lancaster University. His recent publications include *An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching* (2001), *Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics*(1998), and *Language Teaching and Skill Learning* (1996). He is the founding editor of the journal *Language Teaching Research*.