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Essential Reading for ESOL Teachers, 19 April 2009
I originally borrowed this book for a library to assist me with an essay for my ESOL course. Its contents are a revelation - hence the purchase. Now qualified, I need this book to hand all the time. If you are thinking of teaching English as a foreign language, then you will need this book.
It works its way through most language types and identifies the potential stumbling blocks that each mother tongue will have as the speaker learns English. It looks in detail at the differences in language construction between the students mother tongue and English. When you realise that some languages do not have the same pronunciation sounds as English or a language does not have pronouns or articles, it all becomes clear as to why the same mistakes litter the new students work.
Learner English is set out in way that makes a revision of those issues prior to taking a class easy and it also is a handy reference for identifying individual issues. Each issue is clearly set out in an unambiguous form.
I thoroughly recommend this text.