"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.
Language and Learning in the International University
From English Uniformity to Diversity and Hybridity
Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education
This book views the international university as a microcosm of a world
where internationalization does not equate with across-the-board use of
English, but rather with the practice of linguistic and cultural diversity,
even in the face of Anglophone dominance. The globalization-localization
continuum manifests itself in every university trying to adopt
internationalization strategies. The many cases of language and learning
issues presented in this book, from universities representing different
parts of the world, are all manifestations of a multidimensional space
encompassing local vs. global, diversification vs. Anglicization. The
internationalization of universities represents a new cultural and
linguistic hybridity with the potential to develop new forms of identities
unfettered by traditional ‘us-and-them’ binary thinking, and a new
open-mindedness about the roles of self and others, resulting in new
patterns of communicative (educational and social) practices.