Showcase: Greci Cristina Queiroz Taylor and Sally Roberts

As a language teacher, you know that if your pupils are trying to use their English in a productive and independent way, they are likely to make mistakes. That’s fine, it shows they are giving it a go! The problem lies in them repeating the same mistakes because they either don’t know it’s wrong or they don’t know how to put it right.

We find that this happens often in our EAL context. Our learners are often immersed in the language both in and outside of school. As they are surrounded by it, they acquire vocabulary and new structures at a very fast pace, perhaps not in a specific order. Sometimes these structures are ‘half-learnt’.

Since their social English is usually good, they sound fluent and they are able to convey meaning successfully, they are rarely corrected on their mistakes until… a piece of academic writing is required!

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