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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for CELTA or other EFL courses
If you are on a CELTA course or similar EFL course, then this is a very useful book. It runs through the various interference problems you might encounter when teaching students of various L1 backgrounds. It methodically runs through the various english vowel and consonant pronunciation issues each learner might have, and extends its analysis into all areas of grammar,...
Published on 27 July 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Plain English, Please
The intentions and ideas of this book are good, but I don't think they are explained well. The language used could be a little more simple. Perhaps the contributors forgot that many people aren't as advanced as they are on the subject. Also, they make generalized statements about American English.
Published 6 months ago by Veronica Moody


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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for CELTA or other EFL courses, 27 July 2003
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
If you are on a CELTA course or similar EFL course, then this is a very useful book. It runs through the various interference problems you might encounter when teaching students of various L1 backgrounds. It methodically runs through the various english vowel and consonant pronunciation issues each learner might have, and extends its analysis into all areas of grammar, stress, intonation, vocabulary and culture. Even if you're not on a course and you have a multi-L1 class, then this acts as a reference guide for helping you to profile students and understand their potential learning difficulties with
English.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for ESOL Teachers, 19 April 2009
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M. Baker (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to language issues for students learning ESL, 3 Jun 2002
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Mrs. A. E. Buchanan (England, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
The book is split into various native language sections. Within each of these there is an analysis of that language form and how it differs from English. Various difficulties peculiar to each language are then given in reference to learning English. An invaluable guide especially when teaching students where the teacher has no knowledge of their mother tongue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference for developing ELT teachers, 4 Nov 2009
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Mrs. J. Barnett (Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
This book explains all the key differences that learners of English as a second/foreign language experience as a result of differences within their own mother tongue - from pronunciation and intonation to grammatical differences, and false friends. Each chapter is comprehensive yet reasonably succinct. The book covers the full range of European languages as well as the main languages of Africa, Asia and the Far East. A book to dip into as necessary as difficulties arise for individual learners rather than a book to read from cover to cover, but a useful addition to any ELT practitioner's book collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems, 6 Jan 2013
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This audio CD is a good item to have to hand for those teachers who wish to find out why certain nationalities make certain mistakes when learning English, and also if they have no time at all to read the hard printed copy. The accoustics are good and the actual characters are real people with real interaction patterns, from real countries around the world. So nothing is fake or pre-recorded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for CELTA trainees, 7 July 2010
This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
I am doing a part-time CELTA course at Oxford House College in London and this book was invaluable for one of the assignments. It is also extremely useful in identifying errors made by different English learners due to their native language. As it is divided into chapters by nationality, it enables you to read-up on typical errors before teaching a class that is predominately monolingual (Turkish was helpful for me, for example).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 25 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
I just love this book. If you're planning to become a TEFL teacher, get it, as it's got everything you need (especially if you're teaching private classes!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the basics but..., 7 Aug 2013
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....possibly getting dated now. Some more recent research on L1 impact on English learning also needs to be taken into conservation. However, this book is good for people taking a CELTA or Trinity and for introducing what can be expected from different L1 speakers from around the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my DELTA, 17 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
Excellent book for both the CELTA and DELTA. It explains the difficulties of language learners broken down by countries / languages spoken citing specific items of phonology and syntax based on their primary language. This resource is a "MUST HAVE" whenever writing the lengthy DELTA LSA papers, DTA, Experimental Assignment and the Specialism (Modules 2 and 3). I
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, 3 Feb 2013
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A must have reference book to have if you teach English as a second language. It helps one to perpare lessons knowing before hand what language problems there can be.
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