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Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers)

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This updated edition is a practical reference guide which compares the relevant features of a student's own language with English, helping teachers to predict and understand the problems their students have. Learner English has chapters focusing on major problems of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and other errors as well as new chapters covering Korean, Malay/Indonesia ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published May 14th 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1987)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
Feb 17, 2015 ♥ Ibrahim ♥ rated it it was amazing
Michael Swan is the man, the man who knows his stuff and the man who knows the anatomy of the learner and can anticipate the common mistakes a learner might fall into and correct them right away. I love reading everything he writes. I enjoyed this books pretty much as I enjoyed his other book Practical English Usage as it shows the common mistakes Arab learners , among others, might fall into as in mixing past tense with present perfect, etc.
Mar 20, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this! So interesting to see what specific groups may be struggling with and what actually exists in their alphabet and language. Excellent resource!
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Jun 07, 2014 Fiona Ranson rated it it was amazing
Love this! Excellent reference book that I'm always referring to- explains first language influence and can really help identification of reasons behind learner error in beginner English.
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i reference this book often and find it very helpful to anticipate errors with students from around the world.
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Excellent book that shows some of the challenges learners have in studying English.
Aug 27, 2016 Ned rated it really liked it
A must read for ESL teachers.
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Aug 28, 2013 Betty C. rated it really liked it
This is very well done and extremely useful if you teach multi-lingual classes.
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Part-read for CELTA. Fascinating!
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Michael Swan is a writer specializing in English Language teaching and reference materials. His many publications include Practical English Usage (OUP), the Cambridge English Course series (with Catherine Walter), and, also with Catherine Walter, the new Oxford English Grammar Course. Michael’s interests include pedagogic grammar, mother-tongue influence in second language acquisition, and the rel ...more
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