FW: Helping a non-native speaker

Subject: FW: Helping a non-native speaker
From: "Barbara Vega" <BarbaraV -at- libertyims -dot- com>
To: "J.A.W.D. Glennie" <jawd_glennie -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 13:50:54 -0700

Try this




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From: techwr-l-bounces+barbarav=libertyims -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Helping a non-native speaker


I taught ESL to adults for many years. The use of articles is very
idiomatic and one of the trouble spots for non-native speakers, but
there are some rules.

I am going to dig through my files and see if I still have some of the
handouts I used to have.

In the meantime, I am not sure what his native language is but there is
a forum http://forum.wordreference.com/index.php which is excellent. It
has an "English-Only" section as well as sections for many languages. It
is set up to be a place where non=-native speakers can ask the questions
they need, and ESL experts answer. The answers given are from an ESL
standpoint - instead of from a Native Speaker standpoint.



-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+barbarav=libertyims -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Helping a non-native speaker

This question is directed especially at whirlers that have experience
teaching English as a second language.

I have a good idea how to address most of the issues I'm seeing (I have
a fair amount of experience with editing), but one has me stumped. This
individual's native language does not have articles (a/an/the), so he
uses them very inconsistently in his written English.

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