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Some Basic English Lessons for Students

The years of my teaching experience has taught me many things, and one is to automatically correct students who make a habit of making English language mistakes. It helps them break the habit and practice correctness when they speak, talk, and write English. Here’s an article I’d like to share with you.

19 Basic English Language Mistakes You Can Easily Correct Today

http://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/basic-english-language-mistakes.html

Although there are numerous complicated rules that you’ll need to master at some point, there are also quite a few common but simple mistakes made by EFL students that are very easily corrected – little things that, once you’re aware of them, you’ll never make the same mistake again. In this article, we make you aware of some of the most common mistakes and give you some examples to help you understand how to correct them. We’ll cover aspects of English including punctuation, pronunciation, grammar and style so that you can immediately start to hone numerous areas of your English skills.

The sentence “it could of been better” is incorrect; it should be “it could have been better”. Many native English speakers and EFL learners alike get confused by this common error, which arises because when “could have” is abbreviated to “could’ve”, it sounds a little bit like “could of” when spoken. The same problem arises as a result of other contractions, such as “should’ve” or “would’ve”. If you’re ever tempted to say or write “could of” or similar, just remember that it’s “have”. Via oxford-royale.co.uk

I found this fantastic article about grammar and other English lessons. I thought this would be a great addition to students who want to know all the basic information for the English language.

Pronunciation Bites: Pronunciation and Grammar: The regular simple past inflection -ed

http://pronunciationbites.blogspot.com/2014/08/pronunciation-and-grammar-regular.htmlThis constitutes a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the concepts of “voiced” and “voiceless”, to feel the vibration of their vocal folds for voiced sounds by placing their hands on their throats, or covering their ears to feel the “buzz”, or sensing the vibration on the top of their heads upon the production of a voiced sound (the contrast /s/ /z/ (the “snake” and the “bee”) is generally a great choice!).

Other teachers “shun” the presentation of voiced/voiceless contrasts by teaching this rule by referring to spellings .

In my humble opinion, why complicate matters further by engaging the memory in endless lists when in fact voice/voicelessness can be “felt”!

A few warnings!

I feel it is my “moral duty” to make a few observations regarding the pronunciation of regular past tense endings and their teaching: 1.

We cannot assume students will know how to pronounce all the infinitive forms of the verbs they encounter, and they may make mistakes. Via pronunciationbites.blogspot.com

If you have any questions or resources about this topic that you’d like to share with me, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.