"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.
In this volume, leading teachers of Arabic, many of whom have written
influential textbooks for advanced learners, explore the realities and
challenges of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Topics covered include
the state of the Arabic teaching profession; the institutional challenges
in U.S. and study-abroad programs; the teaching of various skills such as
writing, reading, speaking, and listening; the varieties of Arabic and
their relevance in the classroom; the uses of technology in the classroom,
and testing. Published in 1995, the issues raised in this volume remain
mostly relevant today.
Distributed for the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.