A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language(s) - and those who speak, study and invent them - by the best-selling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers. Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks ´talk´ to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will AI researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language. In Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing, Tammet goes back in time to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland he learns why the name Blær became a court case; in Canada he meets one of the world´s most accomplished lip readers. He chats with chatbots, contrives an ´e´-less essay on lipograms, studies the grammar of the telephone, contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers - in their mother tongue. A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories and meanings, Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet´s literary and polyglot talents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Tammet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001215de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is based on a research project carried out at Edinburgh University and reports the findings of an exploratory case study examining communication strategy use between three adult EFL learners from diverse cultural backgrounds and their teacher whilst incorporating voice and text chat during meaning-focused conversation tasks in Second Life. The analysis of the session transcript revealed that participants employed many of the communication strategies concomitant with face-to-face interactions for effective conversation management. The data also revealed that the participants adapted their communication strategies to suit the Second Life platform, thus overcoming conversational ambiguities arising from the absence of paralinguistic signals. In addition, discourse analysis of the transcript offered further insight into power relations, politeness and risk taking and provided signs of sociocultural learning and language development in line with second language acquisition (SLA) theory. Finally, the paper concludes that the modalities provided by the Second Life platform offer learners an alternative for communication and showing presence during discussion. It also concludes that teacher facilitation and continued support is important to engage learners in the virtual environment, to mediate the acclimatisation of the new surroundings and encourage them to take risks, thus taking control of their learning and autonomous practice. It evaluates the potential of using Second Life for language teaching and learning and provides a direction for future research. Susan Gowans is a graduate of Dundee University and recently obtained an MSc TESOL with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Her career as an educator and teacher trainer has included teaching English in primary, secondary and private schools in Japan, South Korea and her native Scotland. She is currently engaged at an elementary school in South Korea, where she teaches conversational English from grade four to six both in the classroom and in online environments. She is passionate about all aspects of language-teaching methodology, in particular issues relating to online language learning and teaching and shares her insights by holding regular methodology workshops for Korean teachers. In addition to education, her current interests include health and nutrition, world cuisine, food photography, jewellery and accessory design as well as childrens and young adult literature, in particular picture books and their potential as a powerful tool for language learning.
Alkuajatus helps the reader to open his inner reality, his original own will and the purpose of life to himself. Alkuajatus gives the words spirituality and religion a new meaning, and lifts up the understanding of them to a new dimension. Alkuajatus - The Little Manual of Life is a solid book of knowledge, in which every sentence is of relevance. It doesnt chat away about this and that Alkuajatus is the guide, you are the answer. Many have found inner clarity and freedom with the help of Alkuajatus. Join them. The word Alkuajatus is Finnish, and in English it means The Original Thought. That is the word the world will learn. Alkuajatus helps the reader to open his inner reality, his original own will and the purpose of life to himself. Alkuajatus gives the words spirituality and religion a new meaning, and lifts up the understanding of them to a new dimension. Alkuajatus - The Little Manual of Life is a solid book of knowledge, in which every sentence is of relevance. It doesnt chat away about this and that Alkuajatus is the guide, you are the answer. Many have found inner clarity and freedom with the help of Alkuajatus. Join them. The word Alkuajatus is Finnish, and in English it means The Original Thought. That is the word the world will learn.
Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says ´´knows all of [Anonymous´s] deepest, darkest secrets.´´ Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption. She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters - such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu - emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little-understood facets of culture in the Internet age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007051de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This carefully crafted ebook: Indian Summer (Unabridged) is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Theodore Colville is a respected newspaperman in Des Vaches, Indiana. He is the editor of the Democratic-Republican, which he bought from his brother. But after a bad political move, his fans criticize him and his pride cannot withstand that. Colville decides that he needs to take a long vacation so he travels to Florence. In Florence he runs into a person he wasnt eager to ever see again, Mrs. Bowen, whom he once knew as Lina Ridgely. She is a widow and has a young daughter Effie Bowen. They have a surprisingly pleasant chat and she invites him to a gathering at her home, Palazzo Pinti, that evening. He accepts the invitation. Howells was a realist writer who wanted his characters to be honest, ordinary people, as he might find in his strata of society, flawed and well-meaning, good-hearted and self-effacing, bound by the conventions and the restrictions of their day but quietly dreaming of a little local heroism in their souls. All of this is encompassed in the character Theodore Colville. The setting for this novel was inspired by a trip Howells had recently taken with his family to Europe. William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American realist author, literary critic, and playwright. Howells is known to be the father of American realism, and a denouncer of the sentimental novel. He was the first American author to bring a realist aesthetic to the literature of the United States. His stories of Boston upper crust life set in the 1850s are highly regarded among scholars of American fiction.
From the pink ribbons to the chat rooms to the web sites that sell related accessories and stuffed animals, breast cancer has morphed from a disease into an experience. And at every step of the way, society tells women that this experience can teach them profound lessons, transform them into wiser, more insightful people, and maybe even give them a peek at the meaning of life.But what if it doesn´t?Five Lessons I Didn´t Learn from Breast Cancer is Shelley Lewis´ thoroughly modern, slightly contrarian take on ´´doing´´ breast cancer in an epiphany-free zone, where the goal is simply to get through it and get the hell back to your life.Proving chemotherapy can eradicate everything except a sense of humor. Lewis shares her five strategies for coping, and then reveals the real, not-so-meaningful insights learned from breast cancer, including ´´If you honestly think breast cancer is a gift, you can´t come to my birthday´´ and ´´Lie to yourself (it´s sooo helpful)´´.A wonderful interweaving of the author´s personal story, interviews with breast cancer survivors, and a sharp-eyed journalist´s look at the breast cancer ´´community´´, Five Lessons is full of unconventional wisdom, unexpected advice, and hilarious observations about life inside the pink bubble. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judith West. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000271de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection. A heartbroken and humiliated Ricky Graves took the life of a classmate and himself. Five months later, the sleepy community is still in shock and mourning. Ricky´s sister, Alyssa, returns to confront her shattered, withdrawn mother and her guilt over the brother she left adrift. Mark McVitry, the lone survivor of the deadly outburst sparked by his own cruelty, is tormented by visions of Ricky´s vengeful spirit. Ricky´s surrogate older brother, Corky Meeks, grapples with doubts about the fragile boy he tried to protect but may have doomed instead. And Jeremy Little, who inadvertently became Ricky´s long-distance Internet crush despite never having met, seeks to atone for failing to hear his friend´s cries for help. For those closest to the tormented killer, shock and grief have given way to soul searching, as they´re forced to confront their broken dreams, buried desires, and missed opportunities. And in their shared search for meaning and redemption, Ricky´s loved ones find a common purpose: learning to trust their feelings, fighting for real intimacy in a world grown selfish and insincere, and fearlessly embracing all that matters most...before it´s gone from their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels, Lauren Ezzo, Jesse Lee, Kate Rudd, Emily Sutton-Smith, Sandra Burr, Will Ropp, Jake Mate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009639de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This international handbook gives a comprehensive overview of findings from longstanding and contemporary research, theory, and practices in early childhood education in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The first volume of the handbook addresses theory, methodology, and the research activities and research needs of particular regions. The second volume examines in detail innovations and longstanding programs, curriculum and assessment, and conceptions and research into child, family and communities. The two volumes of this handbook address the current theory, methodologies and research needs of specific countries and provide insight into existing global similarities in early childhood practices. By paying special attention to what is happening in the larger world contexts, the volumes provide a representative overview of early childhood education practices and research, and redress the current North-South imbalance of published work on the subject. Marilyn Fleer: Torn between studying psychology and education as an undergraduate, Professor Marilyn Fleer ended up choosing early childhood education, a nascent field that straddled both her areas of interest. She hasnt looked back since. As soon as she got into early childhood education she enjoyed it, Marilyn says. I found it intellectually stimulating, and theres plenty of scope for making a difference with my research. She is now studying the early stages of concept formation - and how playtime can help promote childrens imagination, and the more rational thinking later on as adults. Imagination, creativity, and games are really important for development. Think of a child at home: they can take an ordinary stick, pretend that its a horse, and ride on it. What theyve done is change the meaning of the stick - theyve used their imagination to think abstractly. Its one step away from the same child turning the stick into a ruler by measuring something with it at school. By using their imagination, theyve learned to think more abstractly - and therefore become a more successful learner. With the push for greater outcomes from very young children, particularly in literacy and numeracy, Marilyns field of research is gaining public and international interest. Bert van Oers (PhD) is special professor of Cultural-historical Theory of Education at the Department of Research and Theory in Education at VU University Amsterdam. He specialized in Cultural-historical activity theory since the 1970s and is now working at a CHAT-based theory of play and playful learning. His major research interest focusses on the implementation of a play-based curriculum in primary school, and the elaboration and evaluation of Developmental Education. He published about this (among others) in B. van Oers (ed.), Developmental Education for young children. Springer, 2012.