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Learner English

Second Edition

Learner English

Learner English Second edition provides teachers with a guide to interference and other problems their learners may experience.

Learner English is a practical reference book which compares the relevant features of students’ own languages with English, helping teachers to predict and understand the problems their students have. It includes 22 chapters, each of which covers one language background. Chapters are written by specialists with experience in teaching students from the areas concerned. They describe and explain the most important typical pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and other mistakes of learners who speak Dutch-Flemish, Scandinavian languages (except Finnish), German, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Polish, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, South Asian languages (with a separate chapter on Dravidian languages), West African languages, Swahili, Malay/Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai.

Key features

  • Enables teachers anticipate common mistakes by learners from different language backgrounds.
  • The book is written in simple, accessible language and will be of particular interest to teacher trainers.
  • Chapters are written by specialists with personal experience in the areas covered.
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Michael Swan, Bernard Smith


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English Type

International English

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