ESL - English as a Second Language
ESL skills include parts of speech, idioms, synonyms, homonyms and antonyms.
Ten Common ESL Mistakes
ESL students make ten common mistakes. Correct the ten most common mistakes and you give these students the keys to speaking English so others can understand them.
pronouncing the letter 'L' — is a matter of positioning the tongue correctly. The tongue should lightly touch the bottom of the upper teeth.
(Check out our ESL Mispronounced 'L' Words practice sheets.)
pronouncing the letter 'R' — is a matter of positioning the tongue correctly. The tongue should remain on the bottom of the mouth.
(Check out our ESL Mispronounced 'R' Words practice sheets.)
- adjective articles (a, an, the) — are often not used at all or are used incorrectly.
- verb endings — using the correct verb tense can be confusing
extended word endings — adding an additional unnecessary sound to the end of words is a common error eg., adding an 'a' sound to words that end in 'd' or 't' (find – finda, tent – tenta)
(Check out our ESL Mispronounced Words Intermediate worksheets and Advanced worksheets.)
- prepositions — are often not used at all or are used incorrectly
- plurals — are often not used at all or are used incorrectly eg., 3 elephants – 3 elephant
- words like some, any — misusing them can change the meaning of the sentence. eg., He is sitting between some friends. – He is sitting between any friends.
- colloquial phrases — are often overused or are used incorrectly
- misusing the word 'to' — 'to' can be a preposition or an adverb
Helping students understand the concept of prepositions and the use of articles opens up the door to the English language.
There are 8 parts of speech that students should master.
- nouns — persons, places or things eg., desk, car, library
- verbs — action words eg., jump, run, swim
- pronouns — unidentified nouns eg., he, she, it
- adjectives — words that describe nouns eg., blue, small, pretty
- adverbs — words that describe verbs eg., quickly, fast, quietly
- conjunctions — joining words eg., since, because, and
- prepositions — positioning words eg., under, over, beside
- interjections — words used to express emotion, often as a sudden utterance eg., ouch, hello, hey
Go to the Grammar Parts of Speech page.
When words are mispronounced, it is often a matter of placing the tongue in the correct position. Two of the main culprits are words that contain L and R's.
- The quickest way to correct mispronunciation is to use lists of commonly mispronounced words.
- Have the student say the word, then show them the correct tongue and teeth positions to use when pronouncing that word.
- There are over 125 worksheets of:
These ESL Word Lists are an excellent resource when working with someone to help improve their English pronunciation.
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