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24
OCT.
2014

(English) Top 5 Mistakes Made By English Learners (and it’s not what you think!)

Désolé, cet article est seulement disponible en Anglais Américain.

April is an e-marketing specialist, English instructor and freelance writer living in Grenoble, France.
  1. Joan Stafford Répondre

    I agree that listening is very important but there are some students who don’t hear the grammatical contractions in spoken English, espercially when this verb form isn’t used in L1. ( the verb ‘to be’ in Arabic) and unless it is pointed out they will never produce it.

    • admin Répondre

      Absolutely Joan. We do have to point it out and watching television in no way should replace a classroom setting. But it should be used to re-inforce the things students learn in textbooks and classrooms.

      btw: I speak Arabic and never noticed there wasn’t an equivalent to the verb « to be ». The same way I never noticed there were irregular verbs in English until I started teaching English. Just goes to show you that learning grammatical constructions is not the only way to learn a language. 🙂

  2. Susan Brodar Répondre

    I not only use songs in classes, but teach younger children by putting sentence ‘chunks’ to tunes so they learn them really easily! Music is very powerful!

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