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Friday, May 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Three Nightmares from English Grammar LIMITED

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All languages have components that are extremely difficult for nonnative speakers to acquire. For example, second language (L2) learners of Japanese have trouble with its three writing systems, L2 learners of Spanish are puzzled by the gender of nouns, and L2 learners of Korean have difficulty with its elaborate system of honorifics. English, too, has its own set of difficult areas for nonnative speakers attempting to learn it. English grammar may seem to have many tricky aspects, so what would the top grammar nightmares for English language learners be? Coincidentally, all three of these grammar difficulties start with the letter P. In this talk, we consider why the top honors should go to the present perfect tense, phrasal verbs, and prepositions. Using contrastive analysis as well as error analysis of student work in English, we will see why these three categories merit this infamous award.

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Dr. Keith Folse

University of Central Florida, USA
Dr. Keith Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida where he teaches in several programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has taught English for 40 years in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, and Kuwait. He has also taught French in... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor