"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.
Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
'In a nutshell Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching as a
whole is a book written by experts for experts in whose hands it will live
many lives.' - ELT Journal
What makes a language learner an expert? What do skilled learners and
second language users do as they listen, speak, read and write? This book
provides an overview of how questions like these are being answered by
applied linguists. It considers also similar questions about the expertise
of language teaching professionals, task designers and teacher trainers as
well as teachers. Throughout, the book draws heavily on the literature
dealing with expertise in general, applying ideas and insights from that
literature to the language learning and teaching fields. Questions about
how expertise can be taught are also considered. The book will be of
interest to all those involved in language teaching and language teacher
education who believe that knowing what constitutes expertise in these
areas is essential if we are successfully to train experts.