"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.
The Second Language Acquisition Resarch Series (Gass/Schachter)
Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Commentary presents ten previously unpublished articles that update and illustrate the influence of the input processing model on processing instruction in second language acquisition.
Each section of the volume offers commentaries from renowned researchers in instructed second language acquisitions, including critical perspectives on various points of PI research. The empirical chapters within the sections address theoretical and pedagogical issues such as processing instruction vs. other types of instruction; the impact of processing instruction on various linguistic structures; the role of explicit information in instructional intervention; and the long-term effects of processing instruction.
In addition to providing further research and commentary on PI, this volume will be an important resource for graduate students and researchers regarding research methodology and replication in second language acquisition and language teaching.