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“False Friends” and Other Pitfalls: How Language Transfer Affects Our Students’ English

By Cathy Sunshine One of my students mentioned recently that he’s volunteering for a nonprofit organization and has made a compromise to that organization. Of course, he meant commitment. The reason for the error is no mystery. In Spanish, my … Continue reading

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One Fish, Two Fish: Teaching about Count and Noncount Nouns

Many recent posts on this blog have dealt with teaching advanced students. This term, I want to focus on activities and topics that are especially useful for the middle levels — at Language ETC, roughly Levels 1, 2, and 3. … Continue reading

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Phrasal Verb Worksheets for Intermediate to Advanced ESL

I was going to title this “Phun with Phrasals,” but decided that might be a tad juvenile. As a matter of fact, though, I do think phrasal verbs are fun. More to the point, I think they’re one of the … Continue reading

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ESL Students as Advice Columnists: Learning Modal Verbs

My wife is a terrible cook — I mean the worst. We haven’t had anything good to eat since we got married, but she tries so hard. What should I do? Doesn’t a husband have a right to a decent meal? My … Continue reading

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Perfectly Confused: Teaching the Present Perfect Tense to ESL Students

Often I don’t really understand something until I try to write about it (to paraphrase E. M. Forster). This was certainly true of phrasal verbs. So this week I’ll tackle the present perfect tense, a notorious ESL troublemaker, hoping that … Continue reading

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