"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.
Can do statements in language education in Japan and beyond
The first publication from The Framework & Language Portfolio Special Interest
Group (FLP SIG), "Can do statements in language education in Japan and
beyond", includes 23 papers from writers primarily in Japan but also from
influential contributors based in Europe (Mike Byram, Anthony Green, David
Little). One aim of this publication is to give specific ideas and resources for
educators to bring into classrooms. As a result many of the papers in this
volume take on an action research focus. Several other papers seek to explain
the development and issues regarding use of the CEFR, the ELP and can do
statements. All papers feature a Japanese and English abstract. The majority of
the papers are written in English. However, in keeping with the multilingual focus
of the CEFR, two papers are written in Japanese, and three other writers in their
first language of German.